Preview - Sevilla vs Manchester United 22 Feb 2018

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Round of 16
Sevilla vs Manchester United
Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
03:45 (GMT +8)
Stadium: Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan

Last five matches: D D W L W
Average goals per match: 2.0
Average goals against per match: 2.0
Top Scorer: Wissam Ben Yedder (6)
Manchester United: 
Last five matches: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 2.0
Average goals against per match: 0.5
Top Scorer: Romelu Lukaku (4)

After failing to secure three points in three consecutive matches, Sevilla are now riding a three game winning streak. Even though Leganes, Girona, and Las Palmas aren't at the level of Manchester United, those victories help boost the Andalusians' confidence.

United can't say the same. Before winning their last game, they had lost two out of three. They have won only half of their last eight away matches. It is safe to say that the Red Devils are struggling for form.

United have had a leaky defense recently. Sevilla have enough strength going forward that they will exploit this weakness. They boast wingers Nolito and Jesus Navas, both of whom played for rivals Mancehster City, and forwards Luis Muriel and Wissam Ben Yedder; any of these names can get a goal for the hosts at any time.  Sevilla have failed to score on home soil only once in their 19 matches in the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan this season.

Sevilla have their share of issues at the back, as proven by Liverpool's visit to the Sanchez Pizjuan in the group stages. Their open play will benefit United. Jose Mourinho can deploy new signing Alexis Sanchez in his starting lineup with hopes that his familiarity with the Spanish side will give United an edge.

With both defenses shaky at best, both teams are very likely to get on the score sheet. A draw in this match will lead to a very interesting match at Old Trafford in two weeks' time.

Prediction: Sevilla 2-2 Manchester United


Half Time: 0:0
Full Time: 0:0
Shots: 19:6
Shots on target: 8:2
Corner Kicks: 12:4
Possession: 52:48

Sevilla and Manchester United played to chippy a nil-nil draw at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Sevilla were unfortunate to not have emerged victorious after this match, but at least they avoided conceding an away goal to United. The Spanish side dominated both sides of the ball. They attacked at will and peppered David De Gea's goal with shots and also snuffed out any attacks that United attempted.

Manchester United went to Sevilla with an ultra defensive mindset. These were clearly instructions from Jose Mourinho. It was typical "park the bus" mentality that the Portuguese coach uses in big matches to avoid losing. United never went for the victory and were satisfied with returning to England with the scoreless draw.

Manchester United can thank their lucky stars and De Gea for the result. The Spaniard was brilliant in goal tonight, making eight saves. One of those saves being a Luis Muriel header from inside the six yard box that looked destined for the back of the net.

Paul Pogba unexpectedly started the match on the bench. Mourinho stated that the Frenchman was still recovering from an illness. Ander Herrera started in his stead. However, the Spaniard came off with an injury at the quarter hour mark, and in went Pogba.

Romelu Lukaku believed to have given United an unlikely win in the 83rd minute when he settled the ball, turned and fired past Sergio Rico, but the referee rightfully deemed that the Belgian used his arm when he brought the ball down.

Manchester United took a "small team mentality" into this match. They were concerned of being exposed at the back by Sevilla. If they wish to continue their Champions League run, Mourinho must make offensive adjustments for the return leg. Sevilla can take a positive message out of this match: they pinned United back and were very unfortunate to not get at least a goal. They will hope to continue this assault at Old Trafford in two weeks and progress to the next round.

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