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Villarreal vs Manchester United: Prediction and Betting Tips
Can Unai Emre’s experience land Villarreal their first title?
Three-time Europa League winner Unai Emre will lead his team, Villarreal, to battle against Manchester United to secure his fourth personal title and his team’s first. The Yellow Submarines will try to extend the perfect record Spanish clubs have in UEL/UEFA finals as they lead with two wins. Villarreal had no defeats in their Europa League campaign this season in 12 matches and just two draws.
Unai Emre’s team eliminated his former team Arsenal in the semi-final after beating the Gunners in Spain 2-1 and drawing 0-0 at The Emirates. Villarreal were close to losing the match against Arsenal but an incredible eighth clean sheet in the Europa League allowed the Spanish side to win on aggregate and move on to the final.
Manchester United aiming for their second UEL triumph
The Red Devils had won the Europa League in 2017 and are after their second title in four years. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rested his first-team players in their last match of the season against Wolves to have a fully fit squad for the final. After the disappointment of being eliminated from the Champions League, United made the most of the chance they were granted and had a great run in the Europa League.
With just one defeat in eight matches and that was in the second leg of the semi-final against AS Roma, United come into this game as firm favorites. Solskjaer’s team have scored 13 of their 18 UEL goals after halftime. Manchester United had clean sheets in 62.5% of their matches. Their defense has conceded 0.75 goals per game in eight matches in the UEL.
- 50% of Villarreal’s matches in the UEL ended in under 2.5 goals
- 62% of Manchester United’s games in the UEL ended in under 2.5 goals
- Both teams have failed to score in just one of their all UEL games
- Villarreal have an average of 2.14 goals per match in the UEL
- Manchester United have an average of 2.25 goals per match in the UEL
Villarreal vs Manchester United Prediction
Usually, final matches are very tactical, and not too many goals are scored. Both teams’ fans expect to win no matter what tactic their team adopts. For the neutral fans though, it is important to see an entertaining game with end-to-end action and lots of goals.
If we look at the stats of their games this season in the UEL, we see that most of their games have been low-scoring ones. Interestingly all four meetings between these two teams have finished in goalless draws.
We predict a low-scoring game as both teams are eager to win but will focus on keeping a clean sheet. This will make both teams tentative in going forward and relying on the opponents’ mistakes.
Villarreal vs Manchester United Betting Tips
Under 2.5 Goals 1.70 or 7/10 at William Hill
Over 2 goals, Over 3 cards, Over 10 Corners 7.00 or 6/1 at William Hill
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