Real Betis v Manchester United – UEL Betting Preview
Real Betis Summary
Real Betis had a mini wobble in early February but have since regained their stride and are in a strong-looking league position.
After holding 6th placed Villarreal away from home on the weekend, they now have a four point gap over them and sit in 5th place, within two points from 4th placed Sociedad.
They carved out a hard fought and much celebrated draw against Real Madrid the week before and so while the league form is good, their confidence did take a tumble after the disappointing performance and heavy loss in the first leg of this contest.
And for that reason alone, the motivation is very high here to at least make a statement win to regain pride.
Having lost 4-1 in the first leg, the tie looks all but over for the Andalusians but they will want to at least make it a competitive tie.
Looking at team news now. Real Betis remain without key man Nabil Fekir along with defender Luiz Felipe.
Slightly improving creativity will be Sergio Canales return. He was only fit enough to play as a sub in their embarrassing first leg in Manchester but looks set to begin here
Carvalho returns from a suspension and is set to begin in midfield, offering better protection to their back four.
Manchester United Summary
There was almost a sense of invincibility about the Ten Hag project having won the league cup final at Wembley last month.
However, losing in the shocking manner they did in Liverpool (7-0) plus the failure to beat Southampton on the weekend, has seriously damaged the mood and the momentum.
Thanks to a commanding second period, Manchester did impress in the first leg against Betis and have put themselves in a commanding position with a 4-1 first leg lead.
The horror show against Liverpool arguably hurt the fans’ pride as much as some of the squad. The players will want to avoid a scare here and will be motivated to progress.
Looking at team news now. Manchester United has a new attacking concern with Garnacho out with a foot injury sustained in the 0-0 draw with Southampton.
This is going to cause some problems in terms of rotations and limit options of the bench.
There are no UEFA suspensions but Eriksen and Martial are out, both of which would be starting in their best side.
Should they not go into the next round from this position, then it would be another disastrous result for the season and they will be desperate to avoid that. With this in mind, heavy rotations are not expected, but worth checking line ups to see if the crucial figure of Rashford starts.
Looking at the 1×2 market first. Manchester United doesn’t need to win but is a surprisingly big favourites @ 2.10.
Betis is the outsider @ 3.55, with the draw a little shorter at 3.50.
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest. Manchester -0.5 is @ 2.04 and again, absolutely no interest in betting on a team that can lose by two goals and still progress. It is also likely rotations are made and so I could see this HC changing to 0.25.
Betis is a good team at home and should raise their game with a very hostile home crowd that can affect official decisions. Betis +0.5 @ 1.83 is an easy preference.
Looking at The Under/Over goal betting last of all. The line is set at 2.5 goals. Over is @ 1.83, and under is @ 1.95.
Betis will go for it and kook to score in the first 20 minutes. If they manage this then it becomes an interesting tie.
Man Utd could be more reactive and cautious here, not ideal for goals. would also check line-ups and make sure Rashford starts if looking to bet over.