EUROPA LEAGUE

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STAR FOOTBALL PREVIEW Thurs: Sevilla v Man Utd

Manchester United and Sevilla meet in what could be a cracking second leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie.

Despite United scoring four goals in the 1st leg at Old Trafford, only two of them ended up in the right net leaving them with an tough challenge against a feisty Sevilla team that excel in this competition.

Jose Mendilibar’s side made the most of an improved second half to put United under enough pressure to concede own goals through Harry Maguire and Tyrell Malacia before a 2-0 win at Valencia eased their relegation nerves, and there’s no doubt the hosts will throw everything into the second leg here.

Sevilla’s La Liga campaign has been a disappointment, but they don’t lack quality with ex-Premier League names such as Fernando, Erik Lamela, as well as Gonzalo Montiel, Bono and Youssef En-Nesyri.

In front of what’s certain to be a rousing atmosphere at the iconic Pizjuan Stadium, the hosts could have a punchers’ chance of making their way to another Europa League semi-final and the market agrees with starsports.bet going 11/8 on them winning the tie.

Sevilla v Manchester United
UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg
20:00 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport Ultimate

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
APR 2023 EUROPA LEAGUE Manchester United 2-2 Sevilla
AUG 2020 EUROPA LEAGUE Sevilla 1-2 Manchester United
MAR 2018 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Manchester United 1-2 Sevilla
FEB 2018 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Sevilla 0-0 Manchester United

United will still be rueing what should’ve been a foot in the next round. Being 2-0 up in the 83rd minute only to be 2-2 down at full time by their own doing would be a huge blow for any team, and they face a real battle to keep their dreams of outright glory alive.

A routine 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest at the weekend – where Bruno Fernandes, Antony and Christian Eriksen all put their best foot forward – will have refocused minds, but the Red Devils will probably have to work harder in Spain.

The loss of Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane presents a huge blow to their chances – and Bruno Fernandes’ suspension is another setback. But Christian Eriksen’s impressive form along with the motivation of Anthony (the winger) and Martial (the striker), who have looked very sharp over the last week, should give united hope of scoring at least once despite the absence of Marcus Rashford.

With a rousing atmosphere, everything on the line, a lack of superstar quality in both defences and attacks that had over 10 shots each in the first leg, there could be value in going for goals and over 3.5 total goals appeals at 2/1 with starsports.bet.

WILLIAM KEDJANYI


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