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Europe UEFA Europa League Final - Sevilla vs Roma


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Dec 1, 2018
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Possible starting lineups:

Bounou, Navas, Bade, Gudelj, Telles, Fernando, Rakitic, Ocampos, Torres, Gil, En-Nesyri

Patricio, Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez, Celik, Cristante, Matic, Spinazzola, Pellegrini, Dybala, Abraham

Sevilla had a poor domestic season and sit in the middle of the table with 49 points. In the last round they will face Real Sociedad and could climb some place higher on the table. This is a big success for the coach Jose Luis Mendilibar. He replaced Jorge Sampaoli in March when the club were only 2 points above the relegation zone. Mendilibar transformed the team and his overall record is very good - 8 victories, 5 draws and just 2 defeats across all competitions. One of those two defeats came this weekend when lost 1:2 to Real Madrid. I think this defeat should not be overrated as all eyes were on the Europa League final. The European form could be evaluated as good, Sevilla have eliminated PSV Eindhoven, Fenerbahce, Manchester United and Juventus in the knock-out rounds. They love this competition and were successful in the recent years. Sevilla have won the Europa League on six occasions, which is a competition record. The last success came in 2020, so they are favorites in the final. Mendilibar will be without Marcos Acuna and that's a big handicap. The Argentine received a red card against Real, but he was also sent-off against Juventus. He won't play through suspension. Marcao and Tanguy Nianzou are rated as doubtful.

The whole season for Roma depends on the outcome of this match. If the Giallorossi win in Budapest, the players will be heroes, Jose Mourinho will be genius and the fans will be happy. Of course, Roma will play in the Champions League, which means a big money. But what if Sevilla lift the trophy? Well, it will be something like a catastrophe. Mourinho sacrificed the domestic Serie A and they have no chance for Top-4 finish. The current form is poor, Roma have just one win on the last 9 matches across all competition. In their last fixture the Giallorossi suffered a painful defeat to Fiorentina. The defeat wasn't too important regarding the table, but surely affect the morale of the team. Mourinho must find a way to rebuild the players confidence. So far he was successful in Europe as his men have progressed through the autumn group stage before eliminating Red Bull Salzburg, Real Sociedad, Feyenoord and Bayer Leverkusen in the knock-out stage. Victory over the latter came thanks to a narrow 1:0 win at Stadio Olimpico. Seven days later Mourinho's men remained unbeaten in Germany, but "parking the bus" isn't something the fans like. About the team news, Roma will be without Rick Karsdorp and Marash Kumbulla for the final, but Paulo Dybala should be available after recovering from an ankle injury suffered against Atalanta last month. Leonardo Spinazzola is also ready.

Sevilla vs Roma Prediction:

Both teams cannot reach the Champions League through domestic championships, and this will be a must win for them if they want to compete with football's elites next season. Sevilla are six-time winners in the competition, they never lost a final. On the other side we have Roma coached by Jose Mourinho, who remains unbeaten in five continental finals. Nevertheless, only one can return home with the silverware. And I think it will be Sevilla. Roma are out of form, Dybala are struggling with injury all the time and the players confidence is lower after the last poor results.

Sevilla vs Roma Pick: Sevilla to lift the trophy @ 1.91 with Everygame