Sevilla vs Manchester United is the first of this season’s Europa League semifinals (Sunday 16 August). Man United are a bet-priced 11/7 (2.56) to win in 90-minutes, while Sevilla are 21/10 (3.10), and the draw is 9/4 (3.25). But Man United have been usurped as favourites to win the trophy by Inter Milan, with the Italians odds-on to beat Shakhtar Donetsk on Monday night.
It’s not surprising that United have drifted slightly in the outright market, as they’ve been far from convincing in their last two games, struggling to beat LASK 2-1 and FC Copenhagen 1-0. Despite that, United do boast one of the meanest defences in this year’s Europa League. But Sevilla are also mean in defence, which is why 4/5 (1.80) or better looks a decent price about ‘no’ in the both teams to score market.
The Man United defence hasn’t always been perfect this season, with Ole Guner Solskaer struggling to find the perfect balance in all areas of the pitch. But United conceded just two goals in six games in the Europa League group stages and didn’t need to be at their best to beat LASK 2-1, having taken a 5-0 lead in the first leg.
They kept another clean sheet to qualify for next season’s Champions League by beating Leicester 2-0 on the final day of the Premier League season and stopped FC Copenhagen scoring in the quarterfinals.
But Sevilla also only conceded three goals in their Europa League group, keeping four clean sheets on their way to a low-scoring last-32 match against Cluj. The Spaniards drew 1-1 away from home before going through on away goals after a 0-0 home draw. They then beat Roma 2-0 in the last-16 and Wolves 1-0 in the quarterfinals.
Sevilla also bagged a Champions League spot for next season by finishing fourth in La Liga, where five clean sheets in their final six games was the foundation of that success.
Sevilla will also be buoyed by the fact that FC Copenhagen kept Man United out until the 95th minute, when only a Bruno Fernandes penalty broke the deadlock. That all suggests this could be a tight affair, with Sevilla looking likely to try and stifle United’s attacking talents and sneak a goal on the break.
28/09/2020 | Football - Premier League
Both Teams To Score (Yes)
1pt Win @ 1.68 Unibet, Betway
27/09/2020 | Tennis
0.5pt Each Way @ 76.00 BoyleSports, 888Sport
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