Sevilla vs Manchester United Preview and Prediction:
|Competition||UEFA Champions League|
|Start Date||21 Feb 2018 – 19:45 GMT|
Jose Mourinho’s quest for a 3rd Champions League triumph continues on Wednesday night as Manchester United open their last-16 tie away at Sevilla.
Mourinho has won the famous trophy twice in his managerial career – at Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010 – and is seeking his 2nd european cup in years at United after winning the Europa League last season.
Sevilla are european specialists of late, having won the Europa League 3 times in a row among 2014 and 2016, and this round-of-16 tie could have more spice given the ticket row among the 2 clubs.
HEAD TO HEAD
Joaquín Correa sustained a reported hamstring injury for Sevilla at the weekend and is a major doubt for the first leg.
January signing Miguel Layún is ineligible for the home side after presenting in the group stage for Porto.
Luis Muriel was fit enough to make the bench against Las Palmas on Saturday and is predicted to lead the road in opposition to Manchester United.
A back injury has saved Simon Kjaer out since January however he is lower back in training and could return here, allowing Gabriel Mercado to move back to right-back.
Éver Banega is also a doubt after missing Sevilla’s last games.
Sergio Escudero, Banega and Mercado are all a reserving away from a one-match ban.
Paul Pogba missed Saturday’s FA Cup clash away to Huddersfield through illness but has considering the fact that returned to training and is expected to start in opposition to Sevilla.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford also are back in training for Jose Mourinho’s side, suggesting they are available.
Eric Bailly got here on at the end of United’s 2-0 win away to Huddersfield on Sunday will push for his first start since November here.
Jesse Lingard will miss the second leg if he is booked in Seville.
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Expected Lineups Of Sevilla vs Manchester United
Sevilla Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Defense: Navas (RB), Mercado (RCB), Lenglet (LCB), Layun (LB)
Midfield: Nzonzi (CDM), Pizarro (CDM), Sarabia (RAM), Vazquez (CAM), Correa (LAM)
Manchester United Lineup (4-2-3-1)
GK: De Gea
Defense: Valencia (RB), Jones (RCB), Smalling (LCB), Young (LB)
Midfield: Matic (CDM), Pogba (CDM), Mata (RAM), Sanchez (CAM), Martial (LAM)
Attack: Lukaku (ST)
- Vincenzo Montella has endured a rocky start to life as Sevilla manager but the Spanish side at the moment are in a better place in comparison to when he took over at the end of 2017. Sevilla have only lost one of their remaining 9, albeit that was a 5-1 defeat away to Eibar.
- Manchester United have also struggled lately, but did at least win away to Huddersfield 2-0 on Saturday. Jose Mourinho’s side have only won two of their last eleven matches in opposition to Spanish sides, if you include their remarkable Cup defeat to real Madrid at the start of the season.
- Sevilla have only lost one home game all season and could prove difficult to beat for United, who might truely take a draw if they can get at the scoresheet.