Sevilla v Man Utd Betting Tips – 21st February 2018
Jose Mourinho is one of a select group of managers to have won the Champions League with more than one club. After guiding Manchester United to Europa League success last season, Mourinho is looking to lead the club back to success at the very top level.
Man Utd topped Group A courtesy of five wins from their six games and their next task is getting past Sevilla in the round of 16.
Sevilla proved problematic for Liverpool in Group E, putting five past the Premier League side. However, their form this season was poor enough for the club to sack Eduardo Berizzo just days after returning to work after cancer surgery.
Berizzo’s replacement, Vincenzo Montella, has had limited success since taking over in December and the bookies don’t fancy Sevilla’s chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals. But can they at least make the most of their home advantage and secure a win against Man Utd?
Mourinho’s Men to Dig In
Last week’s Champions League matches were characterised by some incredible performances by English teams. Man City, Liverpool and Tottenham each took the game to their opponents away from home but don’t expect the same from Man Utd.
Mourinho won’t get carried away with the performances of the other Premier League teams. He’ll send his players out with express instructions to ensure they don’t lose.
Man Utd may not be everybody’s cup of tea under Mourinho’s management but United fans will fancy their chances against anybody in a one off match at Old Trafford.
That’s exactly what Mourinho will be aiming for. You can be sure they’ll keep things tight, limit the space in which Sevilla have to operate and then make the most of any goal scoring opportunities that come their way.
Mourinho has used those sort of tactics throughout his career to very good success so we recommend backing the Man Utd/Draw double chance at 21/50 with Marathonbet.
United Can Edge a Tight Match
Although a draw would be a decent result for Man Utd, there’s nothing about this Sevilla team that makes you think the Red Devils can’t return to Manchester with a potentially vital win.
We’ve seen United utilise their frightening pace, awesome power and deadly finishing to kill teams off several times this season. In fact, there’s every chance that Mourinho was using Saturday’s match against Huddersfield as a dress rehearsal for Wednesday night.
If you think Mourinho’s men will return home with a win, it could well be worth taking the 12/1 that Betfair are quoting on the Man Utd 2-0 correct score.
Another way of profiting from a typically Mourinho performance in Europe is backing under 2.5 goals at 8/11 with BetVictor.
True, Sevilla put five past Liverpool in two group stage matches but there is no chance of Man Utd’s defence collapsing in the way Liverpool’s did at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.
Power and Pace to Get the Goals for Man Utd
Romelu Lukaku has had his critics since his big money transfer to Man Utd but he’s repeatedly bounced back from a poor spell of games by showing his lethal streak in front of goal.
Similarly, Anthony Martial has had to prove his worth to the team this season after struggling for playing time.
Those two have the combination of pace and power that Mourinho believes can make all the difference to United’s Champions League ambitions.
Lukaku (11/5 to score with Paddy Power) will lead the line again while Martial (9/4 to score with Sportingbet) will burst forwards and offer an option in behind the Sevilla defence. We think they both represent good value to score any time.