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Sevilla vs Manchester United - Match Preview

19 Feb 2018 Ed Mackey INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League

Sevilla FC

  • D
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W


19:45 GMT
21 February 2018

Manchester United

  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • W

19:45 GMT 21 February 2018

With Champions League knockout football returning to Europe last week, there are four more fixtures to come this week, two on Tuesday and two on Wednesday. The bigger of the two matches on Wednesday involves Manchester United’s trip to sunny Spain to face Sevilla. The hosts finished second in Group C behind Liverpool while the visitors came top of Group A ahead of Basel. The second-leg will take place at Old Trafford on the 13th of March.


  • Sevilla are struggling to qualify for the Champions League again this season as they sit 5th in La Liga, six points outside of the top four. The Spanish side weren’t at their best in the group stage with just two wins and three draws. However, they did pick up two impressive draws against Liverpool, home and away. They have progressed into the Copa del Rey final and have won both of their last two games, their last one a 2-1 away win at Las Palmas where they resisted some late pressure.
  • Man United have missed a few chances to capitalise on dropped points by league-leaders, Manchester City which is why they have a 16-point gap between themselves and their rivals. They won five and lost one of their six group fixtures, losing 1-0 away at Basel in an awful performance. They will be hoping to avoid a showing like that on Wednesday after easing their way into the FA Cup quarter-final with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield.
  • Wissam Ben Yedder has been in fine form in Europe this term and already has six goals in the competition. Only Cristiano Ronaldo, Roberto Firmino and Harry Kane have more and they’ve all had an extra game.
  • Romelu Lukaku is Man United’s leading scorer in the Champions League this season with four goals, he’ll need to play a vital role if they are to go further.


Man United and Sevilla have never met in European competition so this two-legged tie will be their first. They did meet in Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial back in August 2013 and it ended 3-1 to Sevilla at Old Trafford. Antonio Valencia had pulled one back after Vitolo and Marko Marin’s goals but Bryan Rabello secured the victory in added time. Sevilla’s last experience of knockout football against an English side came against Leicester City last season and they were knocked out by a 3-2 aggregate score against the extraordinary underdogs.


Sevilla must take some kind of advantage to Manchester for the second-leg if they want to progress into the quarter-final. They have Simon Kjaer returning from injury while Nolito and Ever Banega will undergo late fitness tests to assess whether they are ready.

Latest matches: Sevilla FC

17.02.2018 LaLi Las Palmas UD Sevilla FC 1:2 W
11.02.2018 LaLi Sevilla FC Girona FC 1:0 W
07.02.2018 Copa Sevilla FC CD Leganes 2:0 W
03.02.2018 LaLi SD Eibar Sevilla FC 5:1 L
31.01.2018 Copa CD Leganes Sevilla FC 1:1 D


If United can avoid defeat at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, they will stand in good stead to progress. They have defensive problems: Eric Bailly is in doubt as well as having Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo injured. Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba should be back to at least make the bench along with Marcus Rashford who should also make the squad.

Latest matches: Manchester United

17.02.2018 FA C Huddersfield Town Manchester United 0:2 W
11.02.2018 Prem Newcastle United Manchester United 1:0 L
03.02.2018 Prem Manchester United Huddersfield Town 2:0 W
31.01.2018 Prem Tottenham Hotspur Manchester United 2:0 L
26.01.2018 FA C Yeovil Town Manchester United 0:4 W


It won’t be plain sailing for Man United in Seville despite the English giants being considered as favourites. They will be up against a resolute defence and a fast counter-attacking team. The atmosphere will be hostile for the travelling players but they are expected to come away from this first-leg with a draw at the very least.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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