Europa League specialists Sevilla are looking to extend their incredible record as they take on Premier League outfit Wolves in the quarter-finals. This tie will be played in Gelsenkirchen in Germany due to the coronavirus outbreak, taking place over a single leg.
Where and when: MSV Arena – 11 August, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Wolves vs. Sevilla: BT Sport
Last time: We break new ground on Tuesday night, as this will be the first ever meeting between these two clubs.
Wolves v Sevilla Predictions and Preview
Sevilla are the most successful team in the history of the Europa League, and the Andalusian outfit take on an ever-improving Wolverhampton Wanderers side for a place in the semi-finals. Tradition and league performance this season suggests Sevilla are the favourites to go through, but do Wolves have a chance of upsetting the odds over the course of 90 minutes?
The Premier League side certainly have the motivation to win this competition, after seeing their place in it for next season snatched away by Arsenal, as the Gunners came from behind to beat Chelsea in the recent FA Cup final. That meant Wolverhampton’s solid seventh-place finish in the Premier League table wasn’t enough to see them return to the continent, unless they claim a place in next season’s Champions League by winning this tournament.
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Under 1.5 goals
0-0 after 90 minutes
Match to go to penalties
Sevilla are the team with the pedigree when it comes to that though. Los Nervionenses have won the Europa League a record five times, including three in a row between 2014 and 2016. The other two triumphs were relatively recent too, coming back-to-back in 2006 and 2007. What’s more, Julen Lopetegui is a manager with a point to prove, after his disastrous spell at Real Madrid which followed his World Cup fiasco as Spain boss.
Lopetegui guided Sevilla to fourth place in La Liga in his first season in charge, finishing level on points with Atletico Madrid and securing qualification to the Champions League by a comfortable 10-point margin. There’s no pressure on Los Palanganas to win this game in order to gain their place at the top table, which could make them even more dangerous here.
Wolves are the team arguably playing with more pressure, despite the fact they’ll be unfancied underdogs in many quarters. However, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have shown over the last couple of years that they’re more than capable of upsetting the odds. The Wanderers have produced plenty of superb performances against big teams on the domestic front, and their style of play could be perfect for soaking up the best Sevilla have to offer before hitting their opponents on the break.
It’s a tough ask, but Wolves could be worth a look for the win on Thursday at 30/12 in the latest betting odds for this match. Sevilla are the 13/10 favourites, while the draw after 90 minutes is 26/11, sending this tie to extra-time and potentially penalties. Sevilla are odds-on to qualify for the semi-finals at 7/10, while Wolves are 6/5 for the same bet.
One to watch for Wolves: Daniel Prodence has only come into the Wolves team in the final weeks of the season, but the talented 24-year-old looks to be another exciting Portuguese prospect. He won the decisive penalty against his former club Olympiakos in the second leg of their last-16 tie last Thursday, and could be worth a look for the first goal here.
One to watch for Sevilla: Lucas Ocampos has enjoyed the most prolific campaign of his career to date, scoring 16 goals in all competitions in his first season at Sevilla. The Argentine is yet to score in the Europa League this term and will want to put that right here. He does have a Champions League goal to his name from his time at Monaco and he’ll be a threat.
Long shot: Both of these teams kept clean sheets in their last-16 ties on Thursday. They both have strong defences, with Wolves only shipping 40 goals in 28 Premier League games this season and Sevilla boasting the second best defensive record in La Liga after conceding only 34 all season. This game is 7/1 to finish 0-0 after 90 minutes, while you can back Wolves to win in extra-time at 12/1. The game is 5/1 to go to penalties.