Five-time Europa League winners Sevilla face Roma for a place in the last eight of the competition. The Andalusians finished fourth domestically and will feature in Europe’s premier tournament next year, while Paulo Fonseca’s men clinched fifth in Serie A ahead of Milan. The winner of the tie will play either Wolves or Olympiacos.
Where and when: MSV Arena, Duisburg – 6 August, kick-off 17:55
Where you can see Sevilla vs. Roma: BT Sport 3
Last time: The sides have met twice, but only in friendlies. Roma won a 10-goal thriller in 2015 with new recruits Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah on the scoresheet.
Sevilla v Roma Predictions and Preview
Sevilla have real pedigree in the Europa League, and no club has won the tournament more than the Andalusians. Psychologically, this can act as an advantage for the Spaniards who also ended their league campaign extremely well.
Julen Lopetegui oversaw a 15-game unbeaten run, including eight victories and there is a good spread of goals throughout the team. Lucas Ocampos leads the way with 14 strikes from a wide position and has settled in to his surroundings after three loan spells in as many years. The Argentine is 11/2 to open proceedings while fellow winger Munir El Haddadi is 7/1 in the same betting.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Sevilla to win both halves||5/1||Offer|
|Roma to win and both teams to score||6/1||Offer|
|Sevilla to win 2-1||15/2||Offer|
The defence will be marshalled by Manchester City target Diego Carlos. The Brazilian only joined from Nantes 12 months ago but a number of accomplished performances have alerted the former Premier League champions who are on the lookout for at least two central-defenders.
Liverpool and Bayern Munich are the latest to be linked to the Sevilla hard man and his battle with Roma hotshot Edin Dzeko will go a long away to determining the outcome of the contest. The Andalusians are 11/10 to emerge triumphant after 90 minutes and 8/15 to advance outright.
The challenging Giallorossi have claimed 19 points from the last 21 available in Italy’s top flight. Top scorer Dzeko is 4/1 to break the deadlock and will be flanked by Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Nicolo Zaniolo.
The Arsenal owned playmaker has seen his loan extended by a further season and goes in search of a second European medal after winning the competition in 2017 with Manchester United. Mkhitaryan is available at 5/2 to score anytime and register double figures for the term. Roma are 13/5 to get the better of the Andalusians in normal time and 11/8 to qualify. The draw after 90 minutes is 11/5.
One to watch for Sevilla: Luuk de Jong’s physical presence will be needed against Chris Smalling, Gianluca Mancini and Federico Fazio and the burly Dutchman is 9/1 to notch the last effort.
One to watch for Roma: Zaniolo is destined for the very top and the Giallorossi are lucky to have the young Italian in the ranks. The elegant attacking midfielder is 6/1 to strike first.
Long shot: Confidence is high in both camps but something will have to give on Thursday. Roma have the stronger squad and, on paper, the better starting eleven, but Sevilla’s know-how and experience could prove the difference. A pulsating 3-2 outcome in favour of the Andalusians is 33/1.