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A nail-biting competition in the Europa League round of 16 is back. In this comprehensive match prediction and analysis, we tip you on which team will carry the day when Real Sociedad and Manchester United lock horns for the first time since 2013.
Real Sociedad vs. Manchester United Free Betting Tips
Here is a summary of our top predictions for the match and where to place your place for a good price.
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Real Sociedad vs. Manchester United Match Preview
Real Sociedad and Manchester United will lock horns at Juventus Center, neutral ground in Vinovo-Torino, Italy. The two teams last met in 2013 Champions League group stage, with Manchester United winning the first leg 1-0 at home and drawing 0-0 away at Reale Arena in Spain.
Manchester United have joined the competition after failing to qualify for knockout stages at Champions League is the bookies' favourites. But will they sail through having failed to beat Spanish teams since 2016/17? Real Sociedad is coming into this match after securing a second position with 9 points in Europa League group F.
Manchester United Recent Form and Stats
Despite thrashing Southampton 9-0 in EPL match two weeks ago, Manchester United are coming into this match after a disappointing 1-1 draw against a relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion. Paul Pogba, Van de Beek and Edison Cavani will not travel to Italy for the match. It means Manchester United will count on Bruno Fernandes who is the team’s top scorer in EPL to inspire a win. Marcus Rashford and Mason Green who have a good scoring record in EUFA competitions may also prove pivotal. An in-form Luke Shaw is another play to watch for some good deliveries into the box.
However, a lacklustre defence may be Ole Gunnar’s biggest undoing, especially because playmaker David Silva is coincidentally returning from an injury. It begs the question; will the red devils maintain a good record of losing only one out of their last sixteen knockout encounters?
Real Sociedad Recent Form and Stats
Having gone three matches unbeaten in La Liga, winning the last two, Real Sociedad has some inspiration going into the game. David Silva could prove a thorn in the flesh for Ole Gunnar’s side.
Adnan Januzaj, a former Manchester United player is another Real Sociedad midfielder to watch going into this game. He has had 35 take-ons in the competition, more than any other player in the opponent’s box. While their fifth position in Lag Liga may not be very inspiring, Imanol Alguacil’s men will be looking to further upset a poor record that Manchester had against Spanish opponents. Defensively, Real Sociedad will have work hard to contain United’s attacking force. Overall, we are looking at a low scoring game as both teams are looking to sew up their defensive lines. It will be a show of midfield strength and attacking lines that constitute mostly young players on both sides.
Real Sociedad vs. Manchester United Top Betting Predictions
While there are a lot of expectations from both sides going into this match, here are top predictions and tips.
- 1X2: Manchester United
- Overs/Unders: Under 2.5
- Goalscorer: Marcus Rashford
Correct Score: 1-2
An unpredictable defence on both ends is why we feel it is will be an open game where both teams will find the net.
Player to Score: Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford has proved reliable in EUFA Leagues, and that is why we are backing him to hit the back of the net.
Unders/Overs: Under 2.5
With the midfield providing the much-need cover, both teams will be deadlocked in a low scoring first encounter after seven years of playing against each other.
FAQs about Real Sociedad vs. Manchester United
Who Is A Better Midfielder Between Bruno Fernandes And David Silva?
Both players are good in their rights. Both have top-notch technical abilities and good at passing the ball through tight defence lines.
Where Will The Game Take Place?
The match will be played at Juventus Center in Italy.
Will Edison Cavani Feature for United?
Manchester United manager has confirmed that Cavani will not travel with the team to Italy.
Is David Silva back from Injury?
Yes, David Silva is back from a recurring muscle injury is highly likely to feature for Real Sociedad is Europa League knockout encounter against Man United.