Manchester United will be facing what should be a mere formality on Thursday when the Red Devils travel to southwest Spain to take on Real Betis in the second leg of their Europa League Round of 16 matchup.
Erik ten Hag’s side engineered a dominant performance at Old Trafford in the first leg, winning 4-1 and controlling the game throughout, with Betis only profiting off a play out of the blue from Ayoze Perez. Otherwise, the entire game was in United’s grasp, and with a three-goal aggregate advantage they would only taste elimination should they completely fall apart.
As the Red Devils battle on multiple fronts, they are likely too far back of the top two for a realistic chance at a Premier League title, but domestic play will still be considered critical to secure a return to the Champions League next season. They could also ensure a place in Europe’s top club competition by claiming the Europa League trophy, and after Thursday they will be just five matches away from glory.
Real Betis, meanwhile, struggle to score on all fronts, so a three-goal deficit may be a cavernous gulf to turn on its head.
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Real Betis vs Man United match facts
- Date: Thursday, March 16
- Kickoff Time: 1 p.m. EDT / 5 p.m. GMT / 4 a.m. AEDT (Fri, Mar. 17)
- Location: Estadio Benito Villamarin (Sevilla, Spain)
- Official: Srdjan Jovanovic (SRB)
- First leg: Man United 4-1 Real Betis (Mar. 9, 2023)
Real Betis vs Man United prediction, odds
- Moneyline lean: Man United (+105)
- Score prediction: Real Betis 0-1 Man United
While Manchester United are expected to advance comfortably to the quarterfinal round thanks to their three-goal advantage, there’s clearly some concerns in the betting market on the Red Devils emerging from this match with a 90-minute victory.
Being on the road certainly plays a role, while Erik ten Hag’s likeliness to rotate the squad heavily could also play in the mind of bettors who have had some second thoughts about listing them as heavy favourites.
|Real Betis win||+250||+242||23/10||3.60||3.60|
|Man United win||+105||+100||1/1||2.00||2.09|
to score Y / N
|-145 / +100||-149 / -104||8/11, 1/1||1.67 / 2.10||1.87 / 2.01|
|Over / Under
|-125 / -110||-118 / -112||4/5, 10/11||1.82 / 1.92||1.75 / 2.08|
|United to advance||—||—||33/1||—||—|
|Betis to advance||—||—||1/250||—||—|
Real Betis vs Man United best bet
- Pick: Under 2.5 goals
- Odds: -110 (BetMGM)
Whether or not Man United rotate the squad, it will still be tough for Real Betis to find a way through, as they were thoroughly choked out of the first leg and are unlikely to present a significant attacking danger in this match either.
The match, given all the factors, is likely to be low-scoring. The decision here is whether to take the under 2.5 total goals given that Betis will push hard to turn the aggregate score around, or to take both teams not to score at slightly better odds. Ultimately, there’s probably more of a chance that Betis grab a goal as they seek to spark a turnaround than United blows out Betis to nil on the road with a rotated squad.
Real Betis vs Man United prop bet
- Pick: Bruno Fernandes to score or assist a goal
- Odds: -105 (FanDuel)
While Erik ten Hag is likely to rest players in this match, Bruno Fernandes probably won’t be one of them. The Portuguese midfielder has sat out just two matches this season, with one coming against lower league side Charlton Athletic in the EFL Cup, and another coming against Aston Villa in the Premier League due to a yellow card suspension. He has played in — and started — all 42 other games this season.
With other key attacking players possibly left on the bench, the club will lean on Fernandes even more than usual and bettors could profit as a result.
Real Betis vs Man United prop bet
- Pick: Facundo Pellistri to score or assist a goal
- Odds: -105 (FanDuel)
With Alejandro Garnacho picking up an injury over the weekend, it’s possible that young Uruguayan talent Facundo Pellistri is finally called upon to play. He’s only seen 168 minutes on the year across all competitions, and is yet to start a single game. But with the aggregate score skewed well in United’s favour, this is the perfect chance to give Pellistri an opportunity.
If Erik ten Hag rests the likes of Marcus Rashford, then Pellistri could see the field alongside Jadon Sancho or Anthony Elanga, particularly with Antony missing through illness. It will obviously be imperative to wait until lineups are announced to make this play, but should he feature, it would be a strong choice, as Pellistri has looked bright in short spurts, even picking up an assist in a six-minute cameo against Charlton Athletic in the EFL Cup.
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