Manchester United – Sevilla will decide the fifth team that will qualify to the quarter finals of the Uefa Champions League. The match will start at 20:45 and it’ll take place on Old Trafford, Manchester, England.
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant referees: Mario Diks (NED) Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Fourth official: Jan de Vries (NED)
Additional assistant referees: Kevin Blom (NED) Kamphuis Jochem (NED)
Manchester United ruthless streak came back to the forefront at the weekend as they picked up a crucial 2-1 win over arch rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford. They relinquished much of the possession to Jurgen Klopp’s visiting team, but Marcus Rashford took advantage of two careless mistakes and put the hosts 2-0 up. A comedy own goal brought Liverpool back into it, but they won and put themselves five points clear of their rivals. There is not much to be done at the top of the table for Manchester United, only keeping the distance from the other teams and they are doing it really well. Manchester City is 13 points ahead of them, and it’s clear that they will be the new Premier League Champions. In the first leg, they were dominated by Sevilla only having six goal chances and only one shoot at the target. They were saved by De Gea’s great saves and a bit of luck, to maintain a clean sheet and take a draw into the second leg. The Red Devils recent form overall is very promising, with four wins and one draw in their last five outings. They will look forward to put on a much better side in this one and qualify to the next round.
Jose Mourinho Press Conference: Tomorrow and Saturday are the matches where, in the end, you go to the next draw or you don’t. So, of course, knockout matches are really important. I think tomorrow is a very difficult match, we are going to try to prove that we are better. That [Europa League] victory last season was very important for us, because we finished outside the top four in the Premier League but we won a title and at the same time, we went back to the Champions League.
Injured: Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones
Doubtful/Unfit: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Doubtful/Injured: Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial
Manchester United: Gea – Young – Smalling – Bailly – Valencia – McTominay – Matic – Rashford – Sanchez – Mata – Lukaku
Sevilla on the other hand, are coming on the back of a 0-2 home defeat to Valencia on Saturday. This is their second defeat in the space of four games which resulted in opening an 11-point gap for Champions League qualification race. Furthermore, Vincenzo Montella will find it hard to motivate his team, who are poor in away games even by the Spanish LaLiga standards. With two goals conceded in both halves it was a goalless match for them last time out. Rodrigo scored both goals for Valencia. The attacking structure is not looking very good for Sevilla in LaLiga, as they scored just 36 goals in 28 matches. The lowest amount from the top seven teams, which includes Girona and Villarreal too. They have won seven, drawn two, and lost nine of their last 18 on the road, and things are not looking good in this one. In the first leg they were the dominating side but they did not convert any chances into goals. From 25 goal chances they only managed to put 8 on the goal and it will be even harder to score away from home.
Injured: Sebastien Corchia, Jesus NavasIneligible: Miguel Layun
Sevilla: Rico – Escudero – Lenglet – Kjaer – Mercado – Banega – N’zonzi – Correa – Vazquez – Sarabia – Muriel
Manchester United – Sevilla Head-to-Head:
|21.02.18||CL||Sevilla||Manchester Utd||0 : 0|
|09.08.13||CF||Manchester Utd||Sevilla||1 : 3|
Manchester United – Sevilla: Prediction
As the last game between these two, I expect a tight clash and a very defensive side of Sevilla. Every goal counts in this one and I don’t think that Manchester United will give any space for Sevilla as they did last time out. With the hosts conceding in just seven of their 20 home games this season and Sevilla failing to score in five of their nine away games. Sevilla do not have a good record in the Champions League. Moreover, their away record in the competition this season is underwhelming. The 5-1 humiliating defeat at Spartak Moscow and 1-1 draw at Maribor make strong case for their struggles on the road. I expect a low scoring contest, but with Manchester United dominating the match from the start till the end.
Prediction: Under 2.5 goals, Odds: 1.85
Stake: 7 units