The second phase of Champions League games takes place this week and Manchester United will be hoping to maintain the great start made by English clubs. Five English clubs went into the last 16, and three of them performed well last week, United will be looking to do the same here. They face a tough trip to Spain, but Sevilla are a team they can beat over two legs and there is no reason why United shouldn’t be confident going into the tie.
Recent Champions League Form
Sevilla are through to this stage of the Champions League despite winning just two of their six games in qualifying. They did only lose one, drawing the other three and those giving out Sevilla tips this week will be hoping they can keep this game tight, and score a winner at some point in the game.
It was more impressive from Manchester United, who won five in their six group games. They impressed both at home and away, and should be confident going into this tie. The Premier League title is out of reach, so the Champions League is becoming increasingly important for them.
When writing the Uefa Champions League predictions this week the first thing noticed was that there is nothing to choose between these two teams as far as the bookmakers are concerned. The Sevilla odds of 2/1 with Unibet make them slight outsiders, even though they are at home for this tie.
If Sevilla are to have any chance of winning this game, then they need to keep the game very tight. They had three draws during the group stages which shows they are capable of doing that, but they must also remember that a draw is no good for them here. They have to win the game, to take a lead to Manchester that they can defend, something I don’t believe they are capable of doing.
Manchester United Odds
The latest Manchester United betting has them as slight favourites to win the game and they are 8/5 with Betsson. United were very good in qualifying for this round and will be hoping to take that momentum through with them. However, one thing that would personally put me off betting on United for this game is that they don’t need to win the game. A draw would really suit them here, and give them the upper hand going back home for the return leg.
The Man Utd odds are very appealing, and they do have the quality within their team to win the game, but ultimately a draw looks to be a more likely scenario for me in this one. Should the game be tied with 20 minutes to go, there is no reason for Manchester United to push hard and try to win the game. They will be happy to sit back and take the draw with them back to Old Trafford for the second leg. That is why when looking at the Champions League odds, I was very interested in backing the draw.
Uefa Champions League Predictions
This looks to be a very tight game, and with Manchester United going to Spain without the need to win the game, I am more than happy to back the draw. The best price available on the draw is with Betsson, and that is 16/7 which represents good value.
Sevilla struggled to win games during the group stages, drawing three of their six games and that is something that can continue here. Manchester United will not be going all out to win, I don’t think Sevilla are capable of breaking down the Manchester United defence, and those two point towards the game being a draw.
The Sevilla odds will tempt some people with them being the home team, while I am sure many will be tempted by the Manchester United odds, based on how well the English teams have been playing in Europe. However, I will be backing the draw, which looks to be the most likely outcome in this tight affair.