We are into the FINALS of the UEFA Europa League, with Liverpool taking on Sevilla and both teams looking to go after the victory especially since the reward is a direct place in the UEFA Champions League first round proper.
Liverpool have a strong attacking lineup with the likes of Sturridge; Coutinho and Firmino all being welcomed back into the starting lineup with back up options on the bench of Benteke and Origi waiting to participate in this contest. Liverpool’s defence has been a bit shoddy conceding in 4 out of their last 5 games in the Europa League and with the absence of Sakho it leaves a slow Kolo Toure to partner with Loveren at the back line tonight. Liverpool full backs in Clyne and Moreno often spend more time in opposition half than their own half, which could leave spaces behind for the Sevilla wingers to exploit.
Sevilla will rely a lot on Vitolo, Banega and Gameiro to lead their attacking line with back up options of Iborra and Llorente available in case required. Sevilla will particularly count on Gameiro considering the fact that he has scored 7 goals this campaign and will be looking to add to his tally in order to contribute to his teams success. Sevilla defence has been horrible conceding in 12 out of their last 14 games in all competitions, which resulted them in not qualifying to the Champions League or Europa League directly through their league position.
Sevilla are chasing history with a potential of a 3rd straight Europa League victory, while manager Jurgen Klopp aims to bring back happiness and European Success to this Liverpool team who have not delivered any significant title since the Champions League back in 2005.
Both teams will start this game on the front foot, looking to score first and take the best opportunity for their team to win this contest and qualify directly to the Champions League next season, and as such we should see an exciting encounter.
My prediction is both teams to score in this encounter.
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