During the long history of the two clubs, Manchester United and Real Betis have only met once in the framework of official tournaments with a 4-1 victory in favor of the Red Devils in the first leg last week. before. Last December, teacher and coach Erik Ten Hag suffered a defeat with a minimum score against Betis during a tour in Spain.
The most important factor in Betis’ squad is Nabil Fekir who suffered a serious injury at the end of February and was forced to miss the rest of the season. However, this is also the only major loss in terms of the force of the representative from La Liga, due to the absence of Martin Montoya due to the defender not being registered by Betis for the Europa League knockout round.
Quite contrast to their opponents, the Red Devils are currently lacking the service of a series of key players. Christian Eriksen has yet to return from injury in the win over Reading, while Donny Van de Beek has been confirmed to be out until the end of the season. Although he has returned to training, Anthony Martial’s ability to play is still quite low.
Recently, young talent Alejandro Garnacho was injured in the match against Southampton and will certainly not be able to participate in the trip to Spain. With Victor Lindelof, he is absent from Southampton due to illness, while Marcel Sabitzer is also suffering from injury.
Ayoze Perez – the player who scored the only goal for Betis in the first leg, will definitely be a name that Man Utd’s defense needs to watch out for. Before that, during his time playing in the Premier League under Leicester City and Newcastle United, Perez also shone with impressive performances against Man Utd, giving himself a total of 3 assists.
At the same time, Borja Iglesias will also be a hope of Betis. The 30-year-old striker just shone at the weekend with a goal against Villarreal, and so far, he has 11 goals and 3 assists in La Liga.
Man Utd’s attack played explosively in the first leg, and after a disappointing match against Southampton at the weekend, it is not ruled out that they will try to destroy Betis again to ‘vent their anger’. Obviously, the most dangerous spearheads on the Red Devils side will still be two familiar names: Marcus Rashford – Bruno Fernandes.
In the opposite direction, Man Utd also needs to defend firmly because Betis is expected to put all his attack power from the beginning to find an equalizer. Against Southampton, centre-back duo Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez had an excellent day, and perhaps Ten Hag is also hoping they will repeat a similar performance for tomorrow’s game.
Score prediction: Real Betis 1-2 Man Utd (according to Whoscored)
Betis is in extremely impressive form in La Liga with a series of 5 consecutive unbeaten matches, but the difference in class between them and the Red Devils was clearly shown in the first leg. Meanwhile, Ten Hag’s teachers and students also have a particularly impressive record away from home in the Europa League this season, with 1 draw and 3 wins.
Huynh Phong | 09:29 March 16, 2023