After last weekend’s 7-0 defeat to Liverpool, Manchester United will be looking to return to winning ways against Real Betis in the Round of 16 of the Europa League. Our sportsbook offers the best markets and bonuses for the UEL.
Man United: Bounce-Back Time
Erik ten Hag insists Manchester United must take a lot of lessons from Sunday’s heavy defeat to Liverpool at Anfield. The Dutchman was understandably disappointed following the 7-0 loss on Merseyside after a nightmare second half saw the hosts score six goals.
The defeat terminated the team’s run of 11 consecutive games without a loss and certainly destroyed the spirits in the dressing room
Despite this, Manchester United should try to focus on the positives of their recent run, with the club winning the EFL Cup, still battling in the league and now setting up for a European clash. They know that Betis is a tough nut to crack, but the Red Devils have won their last three matches in a row at home in Europe. They have also beaten the best side in Spain in Barcelona over two legs in the last round, meaning they will be confident they can win this one so we will continue to include them in our soccer picks.
Marcus Rashford, who won a third consecutive Player of the Month award last month, has failed to score in the last two games for Manchester United. The 25-year-old started in the middle last time out, but he is expected to start on the left this week, meaning Wout Weghorst might start at the center. Jadon Sancho is pushing for a start after recovering from an illness, but the likes of Anthony Martial, Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek are still injured.
Real Betis: Ups and Downs
Real Betis was able to put their feet up across the playoff stage of the Europa League after a perfect run in the group stages. Five wins and a single draw in their six group matches meant they finished six points above AS Roma in the group.
They have impressed on the road, winning all three matches, but if they are to defeat United, they will need to park the bus and have a defensive approach against a wounded English side. Manuel Pellegrini’s troops produced a strong defensive display by keeping Real Madrid to a goalless draw on Sunday evening at Estadio Benito Villamarin.
Betis looks to be back on their feet after a series of mixed results and they are still fighting for a top-four finish in the Spanish top-flight league, sitting just three points behind fourth-place Real Sociedad. Three of their most important players, Nabil Fekir, Sergio Canales, and Juan Cruz, are out due to injuries so if you’re betting online you should avoid backing the visitors.
Man United vs Betis Head-to-Head
This will be the first competitive mutual encounter between Manchester United and Real Betis. United is currently on a run of 18 wins and two draws in the previous 20 games on home soil across all competitions. Ten Hag’s troops have netted at least two goals in each of the last 15 home matches during this run. Betis managed a streak of three victories and a draw in the last four La Liga outings. The visitors have five wins in the previous six away matches across competitions.
Man United vs Betis Match Information
- Match: Man United (6-1-1) vs Betis (5-1-0)
- Location: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
- Day/Time: Thursday, March 9, 3:00 p.m. ET
- Man United vs Betis Live stream: fubo.tv
Man United vs Betis Betting Lines
Man United vs Betis Picks and Prediction
The Red Devils enter this clash as heavy favorites being priced at -240 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds while the goal line is set at three.
Given Man United’s attacking firepower on home turf and their eagerness to return to winning ways after last weekend’s humiliation against Liverpool, we expect them to score at least two goals on their own. The visitors aren’t too bad when it comes to scoring goals, either. The draw against Real Madrid last weekend was the first time in their last seven games that they failed to score, so we have all the ingredients for a high-scoring affair and a home win.
The Man United are listed at -240in our Vegas Europa League lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Man United, you have a chance to win $43.00. The Real Betis are +600, offering a chance to win $600 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Man United a 14.29% chance to win, with Real Betis at 70.59%