Sunday, April 18, 2021

Prediction: Granada vs Manchester United

Prediction: Manchester United to win 2-0

Best Odds: 11/2

Bookmaker: Betfair

Granada and Manchester United will face each other in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final this week. The match at Estadio Municipal Nuevo Los Carmenes is scheduled to kick off at 8pm UK time on Thursday and promises to be an intriguing game of football.

Granada

Granada are the surprise package in the Europa League this season. Not many would have expected the La Liga outfit to progress so far in the European competition, but now they are dreaming of going to the semi-finals. Diego Martinez Penas’s side got the better of Molde over two legs in the last round and will relish the chance of taking on Premier League and European giants Manchester United for a place in the last four.

Penas’s side will head into the match against United on the back of a 3-0 defeat to Villarreal at home in La Liga. It following a 2-1 loss at the hands of Valencia in the league.

Team News:

Granada midfielder Luis Milla and attacker Luis Suarez will miss out on the first leg of the quarter-final tie with muscle injuries. Full-back Quini is ineligible.

Manchester United

Manchester United are the overwhelming favourites to win the Europa League this season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side got the better of Italian giants AC Milan 2-1 on aggregate in the last round and will now fancy their chances of going all the way in the competition.

United are in good form at the moment and look set to finish in the top four of the Premier League table this season. The Red Devils will head into the mach against Granada in Spain on the back of a 2-1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford in the league.

Team News:

Anthony Martial is out after suffering a sprained knee while on international duty with France. Fellow striker Marcus Rashford is doubtful for the match on Thursday, while defender Eric Bailly has tested coronavirus and will miss out.

Key Factors to Consider

  • This is the first time that Granada will play against an English club.
  • Jorge Molina and Roberto Soldado are joint-top goalscorers for Granada with 11 goals.
  • Granada have lost their last matches in all competitions.
  • Manchester United have lost just one of their last 16 matches in all competitions.
  • Bruno Fernandes has scored 23 goals and provided 14 assists in all competitions this season.

Conclusion

Granada are the clear underdogs in the tie, and it is hard to see the Spanish club get the better of United over two legs. The Red Devils are defensively strong and should win the game on Thursday evening without too much of a problem.

Prediction: Manchester United to win 2-0

Best Odds: 11/2

Bookmaker: Betfair

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie Jones


Jamie Jones is an experienced football journalist who has been working in the industry for years. Jamie watches all the major leagues in Europe, especially the Premier League and La Liga.

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