Preview and prediction for the Real Betis vs Man Utd match in the second leg of the round of 16 of the Europa League, taking place on March 17th.
After winning 4-1 in the first leg, it's unlikely that Man Utd will let go of their ticket to the quarter-finals of the Europa League this season. This is an opportune time for Coach Erik ten Hag to rotate the team and plan ahead for the busy schedule of games.
Casemiro received a red card in the game against Southampton and will be suspended for four matches. However, this only applies to domestic competitions in England, so the Brazilian midfielder can still play in the upcoming away game. Scott McTominay is likely to pair with Casemiro in midfield, as he has been performing well in this position during Man Utd's midfield crisis.
On the attacking front, Alejandro Garnacho is injured and Anthony Martial has not yet returned, so Coach Ten Hag will have to use Marcus Rashford even though the team's top scorer is showing signs of fatigue. In addition, Jadon Sancho may start on the right wing for the Red Devils.
On the other side, Real Betis still cannot count on Nabil Fekir's services. His absence greatly reduces the team's attacking power, as seen in the first leg. Coach Manuel Pellegrini also lost Luiz Felipe due to injury and will have to rely on young player Juan Miranda to fill the huge gap left by the Italian center-back in the Betis defense.
With an incomplete squad, Coach Pellegrini can only rely on the home advantage to hope for a miracle. Man Utd has not had good results in their last two away games, drawing 2-2 with Barcelona and losing 0-7 to Liverpool, but Real Betis is not as strong as these two teams.
In six previous instances where they lost the first leg of a knockout tie in European competition, Real Betis has only progressed once. Another statistic highlights the difficulty facing the home team: Since 2010, of all the teams that have won by a three-goal margin in the first leg of a Europa League knockout tie, only Basel (in the 2013/14 season) have successfully overturned the situation.
Opta's supercomputer predicts Real Betis has a 26.3% chance of winning this match. However, to create a miracle, the Spanish team needs to win by a margin of at least three goals to force the game into extra time.
Expected line-ups for Real Betis vs Man Utd:
Prediction: Real Betis 0-0 Man Utd
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