Europa League hopefuls Manchester United battle it out with Sevilla in the semi-final. The Spaniards are the most successful club in the history of the competition and famously lifted the trophy three years in a row from 2014. Julen Lopetegui’s men are on a 19-game unbeaten run and will pose formidable opposition for the Red Devils.
Where and when: RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne – 16 August, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Wolves/Sevilla vs. Manchester United: BT Sport 1
Last time: Los Nervionenses knocked United out of the 2018 Champions League courtesy of a Wissam Ben Yedder brace. Romelu Lukaku netted late on but it wasn’t enough as a stunned Old Trafford saw their side bow out at the Round of 16 stage.
Sevilla vs. Manchester United Predictions and Preview
Lucas Ocampos’ late effort was enough to see off a valiant Wolves group. The West Midlands outfit defended doggedly, from front to back, but created very little. Star striker Raul Jimenez spurned a first-half penalty and was largely kept at bay. Adama Traore was also quiet and ultimately it was a game too far for Nuno’s spirited squad.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Manchester United to win 2-1||8/1||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||10/3||Offer|
|Mason Greenwood to score anytime||13/2||Offer|
Manchester United got the job done against Copenhagen. The Red Devils were taken to extra-time by their Danish opponents after a heroic individual display from goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson.
The Scandinavian made 13 saves as Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Greenwood all took turns to put the English heavyweights ahead.
Bruno Fernandes ultimately got the breakthrough from the penalty spot and Solskjaer’s men will need to up the tempo if they are to return to Cologne to contest the trophy.
United were expected to coast through but struggled for long periods to break down a resolute Copenhagen defence and midfield with Fernandes and Rashford particularly ineffective.
Martial was the standout performer in the last eight tie with FCK and, indeed, Manchester United’s best player throughout the campaign. The Frenchman has developed enormously under Solskjaer’s tutelage and is now a real number 9.Nevertheless, the Red Devils bid for a second Europa League final in four seasons and have a number of match winners in the ranks.
Martial leads the way with 23 strikes for the Reds and is 13/4 to open proceedings. Fellow forward Rashford will have been disappointed with his performance on Monday but is one of the first names on the teamsheet and is 13/2 to break the deadlock. Manchester United are 11/8 to win in 90 minutes and 7/10 outright. The draw is 9/4.
One to watch for Sevilla: Ever Banega ran rings around the Manchester United midfield home and away and the Argentine is adept at finding pockets of space. The little magician is 19/2 to bag anytime.
One to watch for Manchester United: Bruno Fernandes has contributed 11 goals and eight assists since his winter arrival and is 11/5 to bag anytime. The Portuguese ace is the top scorer in this year’s competition with seven efforts.
Long shot: Sevilla may be Europa League specialists, but their style suits Manchester United more than domestic counterparts Wolves. The Wanderers rely heavily on Traore and Jimenez to produce some magic and rarely commit numbers going forward. In contrast, Los Nervionenses will play on the front foot and cause the Red Devils problems. A 2-2 result is 14/1.