Sevilla Vs Manchester United: Game Information, Soccer Betting Picks and Odds
We are at the stage of the UEFA Champions League where the cream begins to rise to the top. We are into the Round of 16 now, and while all of the teams still in the competition are good, there are really only a handful of teams who have a legitimate shot at winning the competition. Whether Sevilla or Manchester United falls into that category remains to be seen, as these are two teams who have some issues to deal with if they are to go all the way. Both teams are similar in that they made it through the Group Stage with little fuss, and also that they have been a little up and down in domestic play. You get the feeling that the way Jose Mourinho likes to set up his team, particularly in European competitions, will serve him well here, which means that we will probably not see a very attack-minded United team take the field on Wednesday night. Sevilla needs to get a win on home turf, but can they do that with an offense that has been sputtering all season long? So, let’s review all details about this game and get your Soccer Betting picks sort out.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 20, 2018
What: Sevilla FC Vs. Manchester United
When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 1:45 PM CT
Where: Estadio Ramón Sanchéz PizjuáC Arena, Raleigh, NC
Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
UEFA CL Odds: Manchester United pk, -½ +108 | +144 | O 2, 2½ -118
Why bet on Sevilla
There is perhaps more pressure on Sevilla to do well in this competition, as it is beginning to look as though winning the Champions League will be their only way into the competition next season. They are currently sitting in 5th in La Liga, which leaves them out of the top 4 automatic CL qualifying spots. Given that they are 6 points back of a surging Real Madrid suggests that a top 4 berth seems out of the question. The main problem for Sevilla this season has been their inability to find the net, managing just 31 goals in 24 games in the domestic competition. To make matters worse, they have given up 35. It’s not very often that you see a team near the top of a major league with a negative goal difference at this stage of the season. They come into this one on the back of an unconvincing 2-1 win over relegation-bound Las Palmas over the weekend.
Why bet on Manchester United
The good news for Manchester United is that they are getting healthy at just the right time. Paul Pogba will be back in the line-up after missing the weekend game with an illness. It also looks as though Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will also be available, although they will likely be on the bench if they are in the traveling squad at all. Mourinho has made a career out of adopting a rather dour approach to the game when playing on the road in European competition. I expect that United will set up a defensive scheme designed to frustrate Sevilla and potentially force them into making a mistake that would leave them open to the counter-attack. Alexis Sanchez may be the man to watch here, as he has the speed and skill to spring that type of attack.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This is likely to be a game that is going to be horribly frustrating to watch, as I don’t expect much in the way of offensive fireworks. In fact, it’s a game that has goalless draw written all over it. Take the UNDER here, for sure.
Predicted Score: Sevilla 0 Manchester United 0