The Red Devils host The Verdiblancos in the Theatre of Dreams to compete in this exciting first leg of the Round of 16 tie.
Manchester United and Real Betis are two football teams that have a rich history and a large fan following. The two teams have faced off against each other several times over the years, and each match has been a thrilling encounter for fans. Fans of both teams will be eagerly looking forward to the next time these two giants of European football face off against each other. Manchester United will look forward to a win after they got a heavy defeat over the weekend from Liverpool.
After keeping a draw against Los Blancos, Betis will look forward to cause an upset in this Round of 16 tie at Old Trafford. They are playing good football this season and are currently sitting at 5th position in LaLiga. In Contrast, The League Cup victory was Manchester United’s first in six years, and as a result, they are currently in excellent condition. Additionally, thanks to a win over West Ham, they advanced to the FA Cup quarterfinals. Furthermore, by beating Barca in the playoffs, they have guaranteed their spot in the Round of 16 of the Europa League.
Thursday, 09-03-2023; 8:00 PM(GMT)
Friday, 10-03-2023;1:30 AM (IST)
Manchester United Form (All Competitions): L-W-W-W-W
Real Betis Form (All Competitions): D-W-W-W-L
Players to Watch
Manchester United: Marcus Rashford
Rashford has been Manchester United’s main star this entire season and is currently in the finest shape of his career. In all categories, he has already scored 25 goals, including 14 in the Premier League. He has scored numerous important goals for the club and has played a significant role in their recent success. While he was kept silent in the previous game by liverpool defence; Considering his outstanding performance, the winger will surely try to score against Betis to extend his scoring run.
Real Betis: Borja Iglesias
Iglesias’ style of play is characterized by his physicality, aerial ability, and clinical finishing. He is a strong and powerful striker who can hold up the ball and bring his teammates into play. He is also a threat from set-pieces and has scored several goals from headers. He has scored 10 goals and assisted 5 times already in this season and will be a key player to penetrate United’s defense. Borja Iglesias is a talented striker who has proven himself in La Liga and is now a key player for Real Betis. His physicality and clinical finishing make him a valuable asset for any team.
- The Andalusian team will be the Red Devils’ 12th distinct Spanish opponent in major European competition, the most of any one country, and this will be their first-ever encounter in any tournament.
- This is the first European match between Real Betis and an English opponent since November 2005, when they drew 0-0 with Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League. Real Betis had previously dropped four of their previous six matches against English opposition.
- In their last eight matches in the European knockout rounds, Manchester United hasn’t dropped the first game once.
- One victory out of their last seven UEFA Europa League elimination games has gone to Real Betis (D3 L3).
Team and Injury News
While Sancho was suffering from illness, Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek are still absent, and Anthony Martial is being properly managed as he gets prepared for his return. Donny Van de Beek is out till almost the end of the season, so that’s another concern for the Red Devils.
Canales and J.C. are doubtful for the away side’s midfield. Real Betis’ Nebil Fekir is also absent with a ACL injury. Other than that defending midfielder Paul Akouokou is likely to miss the game against Manchester United as well.
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Head-to-head stats (Friendly)
Manchester United : 0
Real Betis: 1
Liverpool predicted lineup (4-3-3):
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Bajcetic; Salah, Nunez, Jota
Real Betis Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Bravo; Ruibal, Pezella, Felipe, Abner; Carvalho, Guardado; Juanmi, Rodri, Enrique;Iglesias
The game between two European growing teams is expected to be a classic. Although Man United will start out as the favourite, Betis’ quality should not be undervalued. Statistics somewhat favour the Red Devils even after their loss to Liverpool. Both teams will be looking to secure a win when they face each other, but it’s difficult to predict the outcome of the match.
Manchester United has a stronger squad on paper, but Real Betis has proven themselves to be a resilient team capable of causing upsets. Overall, Manchester United vs Real Betis is sure to be a thrilling encounter, with both teams bringing their best to the pitch. Fans around the world will be eagerly watching to see who comes out on top in this exciting clash.
Prediction: Man United 2 – 0 Real Betis
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