It’s been a long wait, but our Europa League predictions are back for the semi final weekend in Germany. For our betting tips this round, our experts are focussing on Sunday’s clash as Manchester United take on 5 time winners Sevilla in what looks to be a tough test for the Reds.
As experts, we’ve analysed the stats, the facts and the figures when coming up with our top Europa League betting tips for this match. Additionally, we’ve taken a look at past meetings as well as either side’s domestic form and how they fared in the last round.
Defying most Europa League predictions, Man United were pushed all the way by European minnows Copenhagen on Monday evening. Ultimately, they required yet another Bruno Fernandes penalty to see off the Danish champions in extra time. Despite an impressive end to their domestic campaign, which saw them go undefeated in the league following the restart and claim 3rd place, the Reds haven’t looked quite as sharp in their last 2 Europa League outings. Given that they’re coming up against one of the most defensively organised sides in Europe this Sunday, Solskjaer will be hoping for something special from his array of attacking talent.
Julen Lopetegui’s Sevilla side dispatched English opposition in the last round, as they saw off Wolves thanks to their rigid defensive organisation. Sevilla are on a 19 match unbeaten run in all competitions, having not tasted defeat since February and won 10 and drawn 9 games in that time. Added to that, they’ve only conceded once in their last 8 outings. With that in mind, Los Palanganas will be fairly confident of shutting out a United side that struggled against Copenhagen last time out. All of that notwithstanding the fact that Sevilla are the competition’s record winners with 5 titles to their name.
These sides have only met twice in recent history, in a 2 legged round of 16 Champions League tie in 2018 that United fans will want to forget. The Red Devils were held to a drab 0-0 in Spain, before handing Sevilla their first ever Champions League win on English soil 2 weeks later, as they lost 2-1 at Old Trafford. United have undoubtedly improved since then, however, so have Sevilla. Sevilla’s 2018 triumph was considered a shock at the time, whereas a United loss on Sunday would arguably come as less of a surprise to the experts and pundits.
Below, we’ve provided the match results from the previous encounters between united and Sevilla. Additionally, we’ve also provided 3 statistical highlights that we’ve taken into account when coming up with our expert Europa League prediction for the semi final on Sunday.
Having analysed the above information and having considered each side’s recent performances, our Europa League prediction is for Sevilla to edge it in Cologne on Sunday.
The bookies have United as slight favourites to win, with odds of 2.4, a viewpoint largely shared by the English media and most other Europa League tips you’ll find. However, if you look at recent performances, things favour Sevilla slightly more.
Solskjaer’s side struggled past weaker opposition in the last round, so will most certainly find it tough to break down an organised Sevilla side that’s only conceded once in their last 8. Then there’s also the fatigue to take into account. Sevilla had one day less preparation, however they dispatched Wolves inside the 90 minutes, while United needed extra time to scrape past Copenhagen.
United haven’t scored in the first half in their last 5 games, and a slow start should play into Sevilla’s hands. Therefore our betting tip for this week is Sevilla to win in the 2nd half which you can place at extremely generous odds of 6.5 with SkyBet