Dnipro v Sevilla
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Match Odds: Dnipro [6.2], Sevilla [1.69], The Draw [3.9]
Sevilla have never lost to an Ukrainian side in Europe, winning three of four
This trend contrasts with Dnipro losing their sole prior contest against opponents from La Liga (Real Zaragoza). Opta add that Spain have won eight and drawn four of the past 14 meetings between clubs from the two countries. On top of those statistics, you have the numbers spelling out just how magnificent Sevilla are in this competition, prevailing in all three of their past final appearances and being a game away from standing alone as its most decorated team ever with four titles. Only one other side have retained the trophy once, yet the Rojiblancos are bidding to do it for a second time.
Recommended Bet: Back Sevilla to win @ [1.69]
Despite both playing 14 games in this competition so far (excluding play-offs), Sevilla (26) have scored exactly twice as many goals as Dnipro (13)
Sevilla’s path to a second successive Europa League final has been drenched in goals: eight in the group, four in the round-of-32, five in the round-of-16, four in the quarter-finals and five in the semi-finals. They aren’t too shabby defensively either, keeping six clean sheets along the way, and tend to be at their most resilient as coronation edges closer, obtaining two shutouts from a possible three across the semis and final last year and going two from two to date this term. As the bolded stat overhead asserts, Dnipro average less than a goal per match. Including qualifiers, the Ukrainians have fired six 90-minute blanks.
Recommended Bet: Back Sevilla to keep a clean sheet @ [2.12]
Carlos Bacca has been involved in five goals in his last five Europa League games
Bacca is plotting to replicate his Colombia captain Radamel Falcao’s feat from 2010/11 and 2011/12 in spearheading the Europa League-winning attack two years in a row. However, while Falcao got the glory in Porto and Atletico Madrid’s final triumphs, Bacca didn’t enjoy that privilege last season, netting in the round-of-16, quarter-finals and semi-final but not the showpiece (barring a penalty in the shootout). This time, he heads to Warsaw following an even more impressive campaign, already scoring five more goals than in 2013/14, so don’t expect him to be denied top final billing again.
Recommended Bet: Back Bacca to score @ [2.3]