The One legged Europa League semi final tie is upon us and promises to be an intriguing affair. The reformatting of Europe’s leading competitions this season means that each side are now just one win away from a final appearance and opportunity to lift the trophy, and we’ve decided to preview Sunday’s crunch clash.
Sevilla Vs Manchester United: Both sides picked up 1-0 wins in the quarter final and this is likely to be another tight affair. Sevilla have conceded just one goal in their last eight games in all competitions are on beating since since early February.
The last time both teams met in 2018 Jose Mourinho cautious approach did not pay off, with Sevilla winning 2-1 at Old Trafford and key man Banega creating an outstanding 17 chances over two legs.Julen Lopetegui debut season has been impressive and would like to crown it with an Europa League title.
United finished their Premier League campaign with a 14-game unbeaten run to secure a third-placed finish and entry into next season’s Champions League, a new-look forward line of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and teenager Mason Greenwood having scored prolifically to fire their charge.
Sevilla and Manchester United have won four of the last six editions of the Europa League, with the former triumphing three times in that period. Sevilla’s unbeaten streak now remarkably stands at 19 matches in all competitions.
Manchester United have a poor UEL/UEFA Cup H2H record against Spanish sides (W1,bD2, L3)with both teams scoring in four of those matches. Sevilla know-how in this tournament may be pivotal again.
Players to watch: Lucas Ocampos’ strike against Wolves was his fifth consecutive goalscoring game in which he netted Sevilla’s opener.
Bruno Fernandes is the Competitions leading goal scorer with seven goals, with his last 3 coming from the penalty spot.
Inter Milan Vs Shaktar Donetsk
The first semi-final looks every even,but Inter are clear favorites to beat Shaktar in the second. The last time the two sides met Obafemi Martins, Alvaro Recoba and Adriano scored for Inter Milan, which Inter won 3-1 on aggregate in a qualifier for the Champions League in 2005.
All eyes will be on Romelu Lukaku, who will be hoping for a final showdown against United. Lukaku set a new record on Monday by scoring in nine consecutive Europa League games. The opportunity to extend that to double figures will surely motivate the Belgian, who has been unplayable at times this season. The 27-year-old has scored 31 goals and is at the peak of his powers once more. He may prove the difference.
Shakhtar Donetsk are looking to reach only their second ever European final and first since they won the UEFA Cup in 2008/09. They thrashed FC Basel 4-1 in the quarter-finals to set up a last four encounter with Inter on Monday. Shaktar have scored at least 2 goals in the last 5 matches and they have won their last 3 Europa League matches.Inter Milan have scored at least 2 goals in their last four matches.
Players to watch: Romelu Lukaku set a new record when scoring in his ninth consecutive UEL last time out.
Junior Moraes has been the game’s first scorer in each of Shaktar’s last three UEL matches.
Inter’s quality and wealth of options available from the bench are also likely to give Conte’s side the edge come Monday.