On Thursday evening, Real Betis will host Manchester United hoping to overturn a 4-1 deficit in the Europa League last 16 second leg.Real Betis form guide
The 4-1 first-leg defeat was sandwiched by two draws in La Liga for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, making them three games without a victory in all competitions.
A 1-1 draw at Villarreal last time out was a rare low-scoring encounter for the side from Seville, as six of their last eight competitive games have produced over 2.5 goals.
The Andalusians had a recent stellar record in the Europa League before the first-leg defeat. They were seven games unbeaten in the competition, having recorded five victories and two draws.
Real Betis have been tough to beat on home soil lately, as Los Neroverdi has lost just one of their last eight matches at the Benito Villamarin in the Europa League.Manchester United form guide
The Red Devils experienced a frustrating 0-0 home draw with bottom-of-the-table Southampton last time out after the dismissal of Brazilian midfielder Casemiro.
The draw means that Erik ten Hag’s team has now suffered just one defeat in their previous 14 matches in all competitions. The game saw United draw a rare blank in front of goal, as the visitors have scored at least two goals in 13 of their last 15 outings in all competitions.
United have a strong record in the Europa League, as they are unbeaten in eight matches, having recorded seven wins in the run. They have also scored at least two goals in six of their last eight European games.Latest team news
Real Betis are expected to once again be without highly-rated attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir due to injury, while full-back Martin Montoya is ineligible to play.
Manchester United will be without midfielder duo Christian Eriksen, Donny van de Beek, and striker Anthony Martial due to various injuries.What am I backing?
I expect this game to produce goals, as Real Betis need goals to turn the tie around, and United are highly capable of hitting the home side on the counter-attack. I am backing over 2.5 goals scored.