For many experts it is the anticipated finale. In the first European League semi-final, the eagerly awaited duel between Sevilla and Manchester United will take place on Sunday evening. The balanced odds of the best bookmakers further underline the exciting starting position. A clear favourite cannot be named, instead the odds are almost 50/50.
Nevertheless, minimal advantages are still granted to the English, who may have even more individual quality and who rushed from one sense of achievement to another in the Premier League after the re-start. However, a European calculation, especially in the follow-up competition to the UEFA Cup, should never be made without the Andalusians, because with three titles won, the Nervionenses are the measure of all things in the Europa League.
What should also be taken into account for the forecast before the Sevilla vs. Manchester United match is the fact that Julen Lopetegui’s side made the slightly stronger impression in the quarter-finals. Although it took until the 88th minute before the White-Reds scored the cathartic 1-0 win over Wolverhampton, they were more confident than the Red Devils, who even had to go into extra time against FC Copenhagen.
The bottom line is that we expect a match on equal terms. It therefore makes sense to bet that no more than two goals will be scored in regular time. The tested betting provider Betfair offers top odds of 1.67 for this. An even more attractive value between Sevilla and Manchester United is the bet that the Spanish team will reach the final.
The direct points of contact between Seville and Manchester United have so far been limited. Only in the 2017/18 Champions League season did the clubs meet in the round of sixteen. At that time, Andalusians prevailed after the first and second leg. A 0-0 home win was followed by a 2-1 win at Old Trafford, which ensured a place in the last eight.
For Sevilla Fútbol Club, the forced interval seemed to have come at just the right time. While the Andalusians had their problems to keep up their good performances at the beginning of the calendar year, coach Julen Lopetegui’s side have been in top form since their re-start.
The white-and-red team remained unbeaten in all eleven La Liga games after the restart, even moving up to third place in the final standings and already have their ticket to the top 20/21 league. Now, if possible, the fourth title since 2010 is to be won in their favourite competition, the Europa League.