Kick off: Wednesday May 18, 7:45 PM GMT
Venue: St. Jakob-Park (Basel)
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Liverpool vs Sevilla prediction
There will be fireworks when Liverpool and Sevilla face each other in the Europa League final on Wednesday evening. Los Sevillanos aim to win their third consecutive Europa League trophy, but beating the high-flying Reds is easier said than done.
Thrilling display against Villarreal
Liverpool finished the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign in eighth place in the standings, but a win over Sevilla would see the Reds book their place in the Champions League qualifier. Jurgen Klopp’s men did well to overcome a one-goal deficit in the tie against Villarreal and they will be looking to build on the performance they showed in the 3-0 win over the Yellow Submarine when they square off against los Sevillanos in the Europa League final. The good news for Jurgen Klopp is that important midfielder Jordan Henderson has overcome his injury and it has to be noted that the German tactician can count on all of his key players for the title game. Daniel Sturridge has been in a fine form ever since he overcame his injury, but, no doubt, Philippe Coutinho will be the man to watch in the “home team”. It has been 15 years since Liverpool won their last trophy in the competition (UEFA Cup) and it has to be noted that they outplayed La Liga side Alaves in the title game back then. It remains to be seen if history will repeat itself in the St. Jakob-Park clash.
Jordan Henderson and Divock Origi have recovered from their respective injuries, but centre back Mamadou Sakho misses the match through suspension. Goalkeeper Danny Ward is sidelined with injury.
“A por la tercera”
Sevilla are eager to make history. Los Sevillanos could become the first ever team to win the Europa League title for the third time in a row, but the La Liga team will have to be at their sharpest on Wednesday evening if they are to beat the star-studded Reds. Sevilla have defeated the likes of Molde, Basel, Athletic Bilbao and Shakhtar Donetsk on their way to the Europa League final and it remains to be seen if they are capable of giving fans yet another reason for celebration. Coach Unai Emery rested his first-team regulars against Athletic Bilbao at the weekend, but, no doubt, he is going to field the best possible side against Liverpool. Kevin Gameiro, who did not make France squad for Euro 2016, has been scoring goals for fun this season and the team’s top scorer is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back line. You should have in mind that Sevilla defeated Benfica and Dnipro in previous two Europa League finals.
Michael Krohn-Dehli is a long-term casualty, but fellow winger Yevhen Konoplyanka is fit and he is likely to start the match. Jose Antonio Reyes, Nico Pareja, Mariano, Federico Fazio and Diogo Figueras are all out of contention through injury.
- Sevilla suffered only one defeat in previous 18 games in the Europa League
- Over 2.5 goals were netted in Sevilla’s previous five away fixtures in the EL
- Liverpool suffered no more than one defeat in last 14 games in the competition
- Under 2.5 goals were scored in 5 of Liverpool’s previous 7 matches in the EL
- Los Sevillanos failed to keep a clean sheet in last five games in all competitions
Liverpool vs Sevilla betting pick
Liverpool and Sevilla seem to be evenly matched at the moment, meaning that a close encounter is on the cards. Both teams have been impressive in front of goal in the second half of the season and there is every chance both Liverpool and Sevilla will stick to their attacking styles of play. Taking everything into account, both teams to score bet should be considered.
Pick: Both teams to score