Manchester United v Sevilla Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 12, 2018
Old Trafford - Champions League
Manchester United take on Sevilla in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, with the scores level after a goalless draw in the first game. The moods will be different in each camp after contrasting results at the weekend.
Aside from the first leg of this knockout tie, the only other time the teams have played each other was a friendly back in 2013. Sevilla beat United 3-1 at Old Trafford on that occasion, in what turned out to be David Moyes’ only pre-season in Manchester after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson.
After missing both the game against Liverpool at the weekend and training on Monday, Paul Pogba is a doubt for this crucial game. Scott McTominay has been a revelation in recent weeks though, and a start on Tuesday would be another feather in the cap of his burgeoning career.
Anthony Martial is also a doubt for the Reds with a thigh injury, while Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera are expected to miss out. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Phil Jones and Daley Blind are all on the treatment table too.
For the visitors, Sebastien Corchia is back in training after a groin problem and in contention for selection. Jesus Navas is being monitored day to day after a calf injury, while Lionel Carole is also a doubt.
Manchester United v Sevilla Preview and Predictions
There's everything to play for in this game, with the tie finely balanced after a tight encounter at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan three weeks ago. Manchester United have won all three of their games since the first leg, while Sevilla have played four times, winning and losing twice.
All three of United’s victories have been hugely encouraging, beating both Chelsea and Liverpool and coming back from 2-0 down to win at Crystal Palace. Jose Mourinho’s side are looking more clinical in the final third, while Marcus Rashford returned to form with a bang with his brace on Saturday.
With the Premier League gone and a nine-point cushion over fifth-placed Chelsea in the race for the top four, United can concentrate on the Champions League and FA Cup. The Reds are 11/17 to win this second leg inside 90 minutes, or 8/15 to qualify. The draw at the end of normal time is 3/1, with the visitors at 11/2 for the win and 2/1 to qualify.
Sevilla lost 2-0 at home to Valencia on Saturday, which has all but ended their assault on La Liga’s top four. They’re now 11 points behind Los Che, who currently occupy the final Champions League place for next term. Vincenzo Montella’s side will put all their effort into this game, as they look to cause an upset at Old Trafford.
Rashford to score and United to win at 9/4
The forward took his opening goal against Liverpool in stunning fashion, which allowed his confidence to come flooding back. He’s 27/5 to score first, increasing to 30/1 if you think the game will end 2-0 to United.
Second half to be highest scoring at 23/20
The first leg was a very cagey affair, with neither side wanting to give anything away before the return. That’s unlikely to change in the first half of this game, with the tie likely to be settled in the second period.