Sevilla and Man United contest the UEFA Europa League semi-finals on Sunday. The Spanish club are on a long unbeaten run, can they extend it against the Red Devils in Cologne?
Sevilla finished 4th in La Liga, equal on 70 points with Atletico Madrid. Julen Lopetegui’s side haven’t lost since early February, going 19 matches unbeaten in all competitions. Los Palanganas won five of their last six matches in La Liga, beating Leganes, Eibar, Athletic Bilbao, Mallorca and Valencia. Sevilla beat Roma 2-0 in the Europa League round of 16 in Germany. The Spanish side were dominant with 56% possession and 16-7 shots, goals to Sergio Reguilón and Youssef En-Nesyri securing victory. Sevilla overcame Wolves 1-0 in the quarter-finals. Yassine Bounou saved an early penalty and Lucas Ocampos came up big with the winner in the 88th minute. Sevilla have a full strength side available. Goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik returned on the bench against Wolves but Yassine Bounou saved a penalty, kept a clean sheet and should continue in goal.
Man United ended their domestic campaign with a 2-0 win at Leicester to finish third in the Premier League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had a strong finish to the season, losing once in their last 24 matches stretching back to January. The Red Devils beat LASK Linz 2-1 at Old Trafford to advance in the Europa League 7-1 on aggregate.
Man United took on Copenhagen in the quarter-finals on Monday and won 1-0 in extra time. They hit the woodwork twice in regulation time before Bruno Fernandes scored a 95th minute penalty. Man United are missing second choice defenders Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones. Left-back Luke Shaw is battling to recover from an ankle injury.
Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof were dropped to the bench against Copenhagen. Lindelof could return to the starting side in place of Eric Bailly. Forward Marcus Rashford hurt his groin towards the end of Monday’s match with Juan Mata ready to step in if required.
Both clubs have been very hard to beat since the start of the year, Sevilla undefeated in their last 19 matches and Man United undefeated in 23 of their last 24 matches. Their defenses have stood strong, Sevilla keeping seven clean sheets in their last eight matches in all competitions and Man United keeping nine clean sheets in their last 12 Europa League matches.
PREDICTION : SEVILLA WIN 2-1
ACCUMULATOR TIP : CHANCE MIX SEVILLA TO WIN OR OVER 1.5 FT GOALS
SINGLE TIP : SEVILLA WIN EITHER HALF