Tip Granada - Manchester United FC
Manchester United graced the semi finals in last season’s UEFA Europa League, and as they go to their quarter final clash against Granada, they’ll be eyeing a step higher. Granada hosts the first leg of this tie also hoping to set a record on their first ever appearance in this competition. They however have a poor run going to this game, and head here with three straight losses, the most recent being a 3-0 thrashing by Villarreal in La Liga, which saw them concede seven goals in the last three matches. The team has five wins and eight losses in the last 15 matches and most of this is a result of defensive weaknesses, having conceded two or more in nine of the 15 and scoring two or more in seven. They will bank more on their home form, heading here with three wins in four and in their debut season in Europa League they aren’t doing badly, having kept five clean sheets in 10 matches and scoring in seven. Granada have scored two goals in four of their last six home matches in this competition, keeping four clean sheets. Roberto Soldado has been key in this sector, scoring two in the team’s last two Europa League matches, and three in the last five across all competitions.
Manchester United are from a 2-1 win over Brighton, where they had to come from down to win 2-1. It was the second straight game they’ve trailed and after earlier losing 3-1 to Leicester City in the FA Cup, this is the only competition in which they can expect silverware. They are in the Europa League courtesy of having finished third in their Champions League group and after losing in the semis last season, they will be hoping to make it better this season. This is the second time United are facing a Spanish side in this season’s Europa League; they eliminated Real Sociedad in the second round and with three wins in five going to this game, United’s hopes are high. They have six clean sheets in the last 10 matches while they’ve scored two or more goals in three of the 10 matches. A big positive for Manchester United this season has been their fine away form and going to this game, they’ve lost just once in the last 14, while keeping five clean sheets in six away matches. After getting into the Europa League, United are unbeaten in four games they’ve played, with their two wins having come on the road. In this game, United will be without Anthony Martial and Eric Bailly who are both injured.
Key points Granada - Manchester United FC
Granada have conceded two or more in nine of 15 matches.
Manchester United have lost once in the last 14 away matches.
Granada have four wins in five home matches.
Manchester United have two straight away wins in Europa League.
Conclusion Granada - Manchester United FC
The steam seems to be running out at Granada after a fine season and three straight losses will definitely affect their confidence. They face a United side that has been comfortable when playing away from home and have won both away matches in Europa League after dropping from the Champions League. In Granada’s form, we don’t expect a shock, so back Manchester United to win.
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Granada Manchester United FC Prediction published on April 6, 2021