Manchester United vs Sevilla Preview: Premier League heavyweights Manchester United host Spanish side Sevilla this Tuesday night, in the second leg of the Round of 16 tie in the UEFA Champions League 2017/18. The tie is firmly in balance with the first leg in Spain ending in a goalless draw.
Jose Mourinho’s men have only lost one of their last nine home Champions League games against Spanish sides, winning five and drawing three games. The only loss in the run was against Real Madrid at this stage in 2012-13 season.
Meanwhile, Sevilla have never won a Champions League game in England, drawing one and losing three CL games played. The only draw came against Liverpool in the group stages this season.
United have been impressive defensively in the competition this season. Only Barcelona (two goals) have conceded fewer goals in the Champions League this season than Manchester United who have conceded just three goals. On the other hand, only FC Porto (15) have conceded more goals of any side remaining in the competition than Sevilla (12).
After winning four of their first six away games in the competition, Sevilla have picked up just one win in their last 12 Champions League games on the road, drawing five and losing six games. Meanwhile, Manchester United have won just one of their last eight Champions League knockout games, drawing three and losing four.
Players To Watch
Romelu Lukaku is the top scorer for United in the Premier League with 14 goals. The Belgian striker has scored four goals in the Champions League this season. Romelu Lukaku has scored two and assisted two goals in his last three games in all competitions.
Ben Yedder is the top scorer for Sevilla in the Champions League and the La Liga this season. The forward has scored six goals in the competition this campaign.
Defenders Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are both back in training. Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial were both missing form the squad in the weekend’s clash against Liverpool. They remain doubtful for this game.
Jesus Navas is carrying a calf injury. He is a doubt. Lionel Carole is out with a hamstring injury. Sebastien Corchia is back in training after getting over his groin injury.
Manchester United Vs Sevilla Lineup (Predicted XI)
Man United Lineup (4-2-3-1)
GK: De Gea
Defense: Valencia (RB), Lindelof (RCB), Smalling (LCB), Shaw (LB)
Midfield: Mctominay (CDM), Matic (CDM), Lingard (RAM), Sanchez (CAM), Rashford (LAM)
Sevilla Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Defense: Layun (RB), Mercado (RCB), Lenglet (LCB), Escudero (LB)
Midfield: Nzonzi (CDM), Banega (CDM), Sarabia (RAM), Vazquez (CAM), Correa (LAM)
Manchester United vs Sevilla Prediction
In 11 of his full seasons as a manager in the Champions League, Jose Mourinho has reached the quarter-finals eight times, failing at this stage only three times; in 2005-06, 2008-09 and 2014-15.
70% of away sides who draw the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie 0-0 end up progressing to the next round. Therefore, Mourinho’s record and previous statistics hint towards United advancing through this tie.
However, Man United have not managed to score more than one goal in any of their last 15 Champions League encounter with Spanish opposition. Nevertheless, the Red Devils are coming into this game in good form as they have won four of their last five games in all competitions and are expected to win this game.
Our prediction for this game is a 2-0 win for Manchester United.