Manchester United protects lead

Manchester United protects lead

Manchester United is looking to protect their lead as they meet Real Betis once again for the second leg of their series. On their first leg, Man United proved that they are the better teams, having a 4-1 victory. With that, Man United is now with a three-goal lead, which they need to protect in order to qualify for the quarter-finals. As for Betis, they are in-need of miracles to overturn their results. Since their first match ended in a 4-1 result, they need more than three goals to qualify for the quarter-finals. Aside from that, Betis also need to hold their opponent goalless in this meeting. This match will be hosted by Betis on March 17, 2023, at 1:45 AM (GMT+8).

This is only the second time that these two teams will meet, with their first meeting being recorded in their first leg. The hosts have not played a European game at home since their 1-0 Champions League win against Chelsea. Additionally, the hosts are not doing well when it comes to their knockout ties in Europe. They only managed to win onw of their four knockout ties in Europe. Meanwhile, the visitors are doing well playing on the road, and are in fact unbeaten in their last four. No team in the league since 2013-14 season has lost the knockout tie after winning the first leg.

Manchester United

Europa League: Manchester United
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In their Premier League match, Man United is at the third in the league table, despite their recent results. In fact, they have shown an excellent improvement this season, which is why they are still at the third. They are coming in this game from a disappointing 0-0 match on their last game. As they play in this game, Man United is looking to protect their lead, which is likely possible. Additionally, Man United is also aiming to qualify for the playoffs of the Europa League. Under Ten Hag, Man United have proved how capable they are, and have really grown as a team. As they come into this match, they are hoping for a title in the Europa League, and they will start in this game. Marcus Rashford have been phenomenal for Man United, and as they play in this match, expect him to lead his team.

Man United is fortunate that Casemiro will be available in this game, as this match is not affected by his ban. However, there are still major concern for them when it comes to injuries. Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek, Alejandro Garnacho, and Christian Eriksen are still going to miss this match. Fortunately, Victor Lindelof, and Marcel Sabitzer will both return in this game.

Real Betis

Europa League: Real Betis

Meanwhile, Betis is currently at the fifth place of La Liga, their domestic league. This season, they have been fairly impressive in their campaign. However, just like their opponents, they are also coming from a 1-1 draw against Villareal. They come into this game with a point to prove, but they are in dire need of miracles. Aside from the fact that they are down with three goals, they are also going against Man United. Being down of three goals against Man United is not a good sign for Betis. However, Betis remain hopeful from the fact that they are a team capable of pulling off an upset. With that, despite being disadvantaged, they remain optimistic of their chances.

The unfortunate thing for Betis is the fact that injury adds insult for them, as Luiz Felipe is unavailable in this game. He experienced a hamstring discomfort, which kept him out in this game. Nabil Fekir, and Juan Cruz are still absent for this game, but William Carvalho is expected to be back here.

Prediction:

Manchester United (2.5)
Odds: 0.85
Manchester United to win on aggregate (6-1)

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