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Sevilla v Roma
The first of this year’s European finals is coming up this midweek, as the Europa League final takes place on Wednesday night at the Puskás Aréna in Budapest, meaning it’s time for some Sevilla vs Roma predictions and some Sevilla vs Roma bet builder tips.
These are two very intriguing teams, with the Spanish side the kings of this competition, as they have won it six times, producing several successful Sevilla bet builders along the way. On the other hand, Roma won a European final just last year by lifting the Conference League trophy and Jose Mourinho has famously never lost a European final, winning five out of five.
The Special One is quite a contrast to Sevilla’s José Luis Mendilibar, who hasn’t even coached five UEFA matches before this week, never mind five finals. Still, anyone who has put together a Sevilla bet builder during their run to the final will have been left impressed by the way in which they eliminated Manchester United and Juventus to reach this showpiece event.
You’ll be able to find all the Europa League final coverage and follow all the Sevilla vs Roma stats, action, drama, and more on BT Sports 1 on Wednesday night. And, in advance, you may want to check out the below Sevilla vs Roma bet builder predictions, which have the six-time winners lifting the trophy once again as part of a Sevilla bet builder of odds of 3.59.
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Sevilla: The Europa League kings
Sevilla are by far the kings of the Europa League, having never lost a final to win this trophy six times, the most of any club. In fact, no other club even has more than three triumphs in this competition. So, Sevilla are certainly used to this kind of situation and won’t be at all fazed by the pressure.
Importantly, it’s not just the club that has experience of winning the Europa League. Many members of the squad do too, as 10 players who were part of the 2019/20 squad are still at the club, namely: Bono, Nemanja Gudelj, Fernando Reges, Suso, Joan Jordán, Óliver Torres, Lucas Ocampos, Youssef En-Nesyri, Bryan Gil and captain Jesús Navas, who also won the 2006 and 2007 UEFA Cup finals with the club. In addition, Ivan Rakitić captained Sevilla to victory in the 2014 Europa League final, even if he wasn’t there for the 2020 win over Inter.
It’s clear that this is a club and a group of players with a winning mentality, with the squad even boasting Gonzalo Montiel, who converted the winning penalty in the World Cup final last December.
On top of that, this is a team that is playing solid and winning football right now. Since José Luis Mendilibar took over at the club in March, he has had 15 matches and has achieved eight wins, five draws, and two losses. One of those defeats came on Saturday when they fell 2-1 against Real Madrid, a match where Sevilla rotated heavily but still competed well. On Wednesday, they’ll compete once again and many will fancy constructing a Sevilla bet builder around a victory for the Spanish side.
Sevilla team news
Sevilla were given a helping hand by LaLiga as their Matchday 37 game was brought forward 24 hours so that they could, like Roma, play on Saturday and not Sunday last weekend. As well as that extra day of rest, Mendilibar rotated heavily for what was a 2-1 loss to Real Madrid.
While there are still a couple of selection doubts in the coach’s non-negotiable 4-2-3-1, most of the certain starters played limited minutes and key forwards Lucas Ocampos and Youssef En-Nesyri weren’t introduced at all, keeping them fully fresh.
I told Mourinho I was delighted to play (against) him in a European final. He has many, this is my first. I hope I’ve played as many finals as Mourinho when my career is over.”Sevilla manager Jose Luis Mendilibar on facing experienced Jose Mourinho in his debut European final
That was also the case with Alex Telles, who’ll replace the suspended Marcos Acuña at left-back in the line-up for the final. Even though Acuña has been in great form, Telles was the starting left-back earlier in the season, so is perfectly capable of filling in.
Besides Acuña, the only other players Mendilibar will be without are the non-registered Pape Gueye and Tecatito Corona. There are no injuries and every member of the squad has traveled to Budapest to at least give their support.
Mourinho’s Roma out to collect consecutive European titles
Only 12 months ago, Jose Mourinho’s Roma were celebrating winning the first ever UEFA Conference League, and now they’ve stepped up their game to the Europa League and will be seeking to win only their third ever European title. Victory here would be the club’s greatest success since at least their Coppa Italia win in 2007/08, and possibly even since they won Serie A in 2000/01.
For Mourinho, it means a return to the final of the competition he won for the first time 20 years ago with Porto and again in 2016/17 with Manchester United. The former Real Madrid and Internazionale coach has won all five of his previous European finals as a coach and has lost only three of 16 cup finals in his career.
Domestically, the coach has been questioned of late, with Roma struggling for form in the latter part of the season after a strong start. That means that the side from the capital head into the final round against Spezia on Sunday seeking to secure a top-six finish. Victory in Budapest would relieve that pressure by guaranteeing Champions League qualification, but they have dropped from being top-four contenders to clinging onto sixth courtesy of a run that has seen them go seven without a win in Serie A.
History doesn’t play the game but history makes them the favourites, we respect it.”Jose Mourinho on his Roma side being perceived underdogs for this final
History doesn’t play the game but history makes them the favourites, we respect it.”
Despite that, few question the quality available within this Roma squad. Rui Patricio has been one of their stand-out players in goal, while Nemanja Matić has added steel to the midfield. Paulo Dybala and Lorenzo Pellegrini are among those to add flair to a team that is bursting with potential and putting together Roma’s best European run in history.
Roma team news
Jose Mourinho will be without only two players for this tie as long-term injured Marash Kumbulla misses out with an ACL injury suffered early this month, while reserve right-back Rick Karsdorp seeks to overcome a knock. The good news for the Portuguese coach is that Paulo Dybala seems to be fit to feature in what would be his first appearance since the first leg of the semi-final against Bayer Leverkusen three weeks ago.
One of his bigger decisions will come in attack, where he must decide on who will line up in the centre-forward role, with Tammy Abraham and Andrea Belotti both in contention despite struggling for form. Mourinho could go with both but is more likely to stick with 3-4-2-1 to incorporate Dybala alongside Lorenzo Pellegrini behind a number nine. Stephan El Shaarawy and semi-final hero Edoardo Bove are both likely to settle for places on the bench.
Sevilla v Roma Cheat Sheet
In terms of Sevilla vs Roma stats, the key men to look out for are Youssef En-Nesyri and Paulo Dybala. En-Nesyri is his team’s top scorer this season with 18 total goals, averaging one every 153 minutes, with four of them coming in the Europa League at a similar rate of one every 150 minutes. It’s a similar tale with Dybala, Roma’s top goal-getter this term. The Argentine has almost identical numbers to the Moroccan, with 16 total goals at one every 147 minutes and with four Europa League goals at one every 149 minutes.
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Sevilla v Roma bet builder tips
Sevilla v Roma
As previously mentioned, the Europa League is Sevilla’s competition and they have never been beaten in a Europa League final, despite going behind first in each of their last three appearances in the final. Sevilla have had the best record of any team in Spain since coach José Luis Mendilibar was appointed and they come into this game with sky-high confidence, unlike a Roma side whose qualification for next season’s competition is at stake this weekend after a run of one win in their last nine. While Sevilla were able to rotate for the meaningless 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid at the weekend, Roma suffered the sucker punch of two goals in the last five minutes to be beaten 2-1 by Fiorentina, and that hangover could make the difference if the game enters the final stages or extra time with the scoreline level.
Of Mourinho’s five previous European finals, he has overseen a clean sheet in the past four of them. Not since the 2003 UEFA Cup final has an opponent scored a goal against a Mourinho-coached side in a UEFA final, as the Portuguese coach sets his sides out to not concede first and foremost. That was the case in last year’s 1-0 Conference League final victory over Feyenoord with this Roma team and we can expect similar tactics on Wednesday.
Over the course of this season, Roma’s games have been generally low-scoring, producing just 2.25 total goals per game. Sevilla games are averaging 2.6 goals since Mendilibar came in and solidified their back line, but we can expect under 2.5 goals on Wednesday given the opposition and given how cagey finals can be.
Cagey finals can also lead to many cards and these are two sets of players that aren’t shy about attracting the attention of the referee. It’ll be Anthony Taylor in the middle for this game and he has previously whistled 10 finals, dishing out an average of 4.6 cards per final. If looking at these specific teams in this specific tournament this season, Sevilla have been averaging 2.5 cards per game and Roma 2.1, also adding up to 4.6. Given the stakes and given that this should be a close game throughout, over 4.5 cards makes sense to include in a Sevilla vs Roma bet builder.
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