By News Team
13th August 2020
All eyes are on Europe this weekend as the Europa League semi-finals get under way.
Manchester United, Sevilla, Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk are the final four in the 2019-20 competition, but who will reach the final? We preview the two clashes below.
Sevilla to make it six?
Manchester United’s reward for overcoming FC Copenhagen on Monday is a tough draw against Sevilla, who defeated Wolves on Tuesday evening.
United needed 120 minutes and a Bruno Fernandes penalty to defeat Copenhagen but they will still be confident of reaching the final. The Red Devils are unbeaten in this year’s competition so far, so it comes as little surprise that they head into Sunday’s fixture as the 29/20 favourites. The last time United came up against Sevilla was back in the 2018 Champions League last 16, where the Spanish side famously kicked the Premier League club out the competition, leading to a stunning 10-minute Jose Mourinho rant.
Sevilla impressed against Wolves on Tuesday, but they head into this fixture as 19/10 underdogs. Julen Lopetegui’s men may not be the incredible force they have been in recent years, but they still have a lot of potential to upset United.
Since 2006, the Spanish club have won an incredible five Europa League titles, which makes them the most successful side in the competition’s history. They will be desperate to make it six and they are 3/1 to lift the trophy this season.
Shakhtar to provide problems for Inter?
After scraping through against Bayer Leverkusen, Inter Milan will face Shakhtar Donetsk in the second Europa League semi-final on Monday night.
Inter have been in fine form since exiting the Champions League this season and the result against Leverkusen earlier this week means that this is their first European semi-final since they were crowned European champions back in 2010. Romelu Lukaku scored the vital goal in Monday’s victory over Leverkusen, meaning that the Belgian has now scored 31 goals in 49 appearances for the Italian giants.
Antonio Conte’s side currently sit as the 7/10 favourites to win the fixture in 90 minutes and the Italian will be hoping that his in-form side can get the job done.
Although Shakhtar are the outright underdogs at 9/1 to lift the Europa League trophy, there stunning performance against Basel in the quarter-finals will have given them a serious bolt of confidence heading into this tie.
Shakhtar sit at 9/4 to progress to the final and the Ukrainian side have been to this end of the competition before after lifting the trophy in 2009. It will be a tough task to make it through but you certainly can’t rule them out.