Sevilla vs Manchester United predictions, H2H and match preview for this Sunday’s UEFA Europa League Semi-Final in Cologne. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as Sevilla continue their bid for fresh glory in this competition.
by Mark Sochon – @marksoc1
Sevilla vs Manchester United Preview
Sevilla’s bid for a 6th UEFA Europa League triumph faces its sternest test yet as they take on Manchester United in Cologne on Sunday night. It’s a fascinating Semi-Final tie for so many reasons and it’ll offer some indication as to just how good this Sevilla side has become with Julen Lopetegui’s men growing into a really impressive outfit over this final period of the season.
They were a class above Wolves for most of their Quarter-Final tie and eventually claimed a deserved 1-0 win thanks to Lucas Ocampos’ late header. In the absence of a prolific striker, Ocampos’ goals have been invaluable for Sevilla this term and he’s likely to be the dangerman again here.
A game against Manchester United in theory offers a slight step up in class on their previous matches against Roma and Wolves. United made hard work of their Quarter-Final tie though, requiring Extra Time and a Bruno Fernandes penalty to see off Copenhagen. The English side have a doubt over Marcus Rashford here but should still be able to unleash what is close to their strongest eleven on a Sevilla side that has the option of welcoming back Nemanja Gudelj in midfield after the Serb recovered from coronavirus.
In terms of form, there is very little to choose between these two whose records stand up against just about anyone in Europe in 2020. Sevilla are unbeaten in 19 games now having not tasted defeat since a 1-0 loss in Vigo way back in early February. It’s just 1 defeat in 24 games for Manchester United, although that solitary loss did come in a Semi-Final, coming in the form of their 3-1 FA Cup defeat against Chelsea at Wembley last month.
Sevilla vs Manchester United Predictions
Score Prediction: 1-1 Draw (match goes to penalties)
It’s so tough to call this game. Sevilla will not fear anyone in a competition that they love so much and while this is an almost completely different team to the one that last triumphed in the Europa League, the sense that this is ‘their competition’ lives on.
Manchester United though have finally made some genuine strides forward over the past few months after several disappointing years. The arrival of Bruno Fernandes has added a touch of real class in midfield and with plenty of pace in attack, Sevilla will need another assured defensive display.
This one looks like it could go the distance.
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Sevilla vs Manchester United H2H
- The only previous competitive meetings came in the 2017/18 Champions League last 16.
- Sevilla won 2-1 at Old Trafford to progress after a goalless 1st Leg in Spain.
Predicted Line Ups
Bono – Reguilon, Kounde, Carlos, Navas – Banega, Fernando, Jordan – Ocampos, En-Nesyri, Suso (4-3-3)
Man United Team:
Romero – Williams, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka – Pogba, Matic – Rashford, Fernandes, Greenwood – Martial (4-2-3-1)
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