18th February 2021 – 18:55, Allianz Stadium, Torino
Real Sociedad will take on Manchester United in the first knockout round of the Europa League. Both sides will search for a positive result ahead of the second-leg match next Thursday.
Real Sociedad vs Manchester United Match Preview & Team News
After an excellent start of the La Liga campaign, the home side was playing in a variable form. Nevertheless, they are still in the continental competitions zone, and Real Sociedad sits in 5th place. However, Sevilla is now seven points ahead of them, and Imanol Alguacil’s side will hardly finish the season in the top four. Andoni Gorosabel and the lads are pretty tight in the back, and they are among the best defensive teams in the league. The hosts tied two victories in La Liga and expect Manchester United in a good mood. However, they will have to play their home game in Torino due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Real Sociedad secured a place in the knockout round after finishing second in the group against Napoli, AZ Alkmaar, and Rijeka.
Manchester United is still second in the Premier League, but two draws in a row saw them seven points behind Manchester City. They booked only one win in the last five rounds in the domestic championship and lost the pace in the title race. Marcus Rashford and the lads are the most efficient team in the Premier League with 50 goals scored. On the other hand, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side would need to tighten their defense slightly. The Red Devils have been excellent on the road this season, and they still haven’t got back home defeated. They are among the hottest favorites for winning Europa League after failing to proceed in the Champions League eight-finals. Manchester United had its faith in its hands but lost to PSG and RB Leipzig in the final two rounds.
Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction
We expect to see a tight clash, especially since the hosts play defensively-solid football. Therefore, we won’t be surprised if this game ends in a draw.
Goals Market Prediction
These two sides faced each other back in 2013, and the crowd saw just one goal in two matches. We don’t think there will be more than two in this clash neither.
Real Sociedad vs Manchester United
Draw @ 3.50
Under 2.5 FT @ 1.90
Correct score 1:1 @ 6.50