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Man Utd v Betis Prediction (UEFA Europa League) – The Round of 16 in the UEFA Europa League is underway, and England’s Manchester United will be facing Spain’s Real Betis for the first time in the competition. Will the Red Devils bounce back after the huge 0-7 loss to bitter rivals Liverpool in the Premier League? Or will Los Verdiblancos deal Man Utd their second straight loss for a shock vistory at Old Trafford? Let’s take a look and read on for our winning tips below.
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Man Utd v Betis Prediction – Form (All Competitions)
Man Utd were flawless in all competitions, winning all their contests until their hapless defeat to Liverpool. Betis, meanwhile, are undefeated in their last four such contests, but are coming off a draw entering this match. Let’s now take a closer look at both teams.
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Manchester United F.C.
Manchester United secured their place in the last 16 by beating former Champions League side Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate. After a 2-2 deadlock at Camp Nou, the Red Devils settled the score at Old Trafford, cancelling out Robert Lewandowski‘s first half penalty conversion with goals from Fred and Antony. After the huge victory, the Erik ten Hag-led side would beat Newcastle 2-0 in the Carabao Cup final, earning them their first trophy in six years. But a week later, they would experience their most humiliating loss in club history at the hands of bitter rivals Liverpool. Worse, key player Casemiro incurred an injury prior to their showdown with Betis. Will they be able to brush their recent defeat and redeem themselves in front of their home fans?
Man Utd haven’t lost the initial leg of any of their last 8 European knockout ties. When their initial leg has been at home in a UEFA Cup/Europa League knockout tie, the Red Devils have lost only one of 11 games (W5 D5), losing 3-2 to Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic Bilbao in March 2012, 11 years after the date of their Betis match.
Betis manager Manuel Pellegrini has coached against Man Utd 4 times in the past in Europe. All four matches ended goalless in the UCL group stages in 2006/06 and 2008/09 when he was Villarreal’s boss. The goalless draws make up 11% of Man Utd’s total 0-0 draws in major European tournaments (4/37).
Real Betis Balompié
Real Betis gained an outright slot in the round of 16 by finishing the UEL group stage on top of Group C, with six points clear. On the last day of the group stages, the Verdiblancos thrashed HJK Helsinki 3-0 at the Estadio Benito Villamarin. Aitor Ruibal scored a first half brace for the Seville-based club, while Nabil Fekir delivered the final blow in stoppage time. Since losing 3-4 to Celta Vigo in La Liga first week of February, the Manuel Pellegrini-led side have gone unbeaten, seeing off Almeria, Valladolid and Elche, and holding powerhouses Real Madrid to a scoreless draw. However, they are dealt a crucial injury, with Fekir sidelined for Old Trafford. As they face a morally-wounded Man Utd for their next match, can they score an all-important win?
Real Betis have lost 4 of their previous 6 European matches against English teams (W1 D1), with this their first such match since November 2005 when they drew 0-0 with Liverpool in the UCL.
Los Verdiblancoshave won only 1 of their last 7 knockout games in the UEL (D3 L3): a 3-2 triumph over Zenit St. Petersburg in February 2022. Their 3 knockout wins in the tournament, however, were all away from home (vs Rubin Kazan and Sevilla in 2014 and Zenit in 2022).
Man Utd – Bans, Injuries, Suspensions
Back in training
Donny van de Beek
Out for season
Betis – Bans, Injuries, Suspensions
Man Utd v Betis Prediction – Final Thoughts
With Man Utd adapting a “bowed but not beaten” attitude, and Betis wearing the underdog card, this will be an intriguing match to watch. The Old Trafford crowd will be giving full support of a Red Devils side that needs it, while Betis would be happy to score an away goal before heading back to Seville. Thus, we see the Mancunians getting the win to restore their confidence. With that, let’s take a look at our prediction.
Man Utd v Betis Prediction
We will be betting on the Asian Handicap and Over/Under in Euro football odds for this match:
Manchester United (-1)
Over: 2.5 Goals
Disclaimer: The odds change from time to time without prior notice and is only available at the time of writing
For this Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg Man Utd v Betis Prediction to win, Man Utd need to win by at least two goals. If they win by just one goal, the bet will be returned. For the Over/Under bet to win, the total goal count should be above 2.5 goals.
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