Shakhtar Donetsk v Sevilla tips – Spoils shared in Ukraine
Sevilla have made the Europa League very much their own in recent seasons
April 27th, 2016
Sevilla’s Europa League record pretty much speaks for itself, the Spanish side having won the competition in 2006 and 2007 with further victories in 2014 and 2015. Can they make it a hat-trick of back-to-back triumphs this season and thus become the first club ever to do so since Bayern Munich achieved three consecutive wins in the old UEFA Cup back in 1974, 75 and 76?
Standing in their way are Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk and they certainly won’t be pushovers in any way. Indeed, Thursday’s hosts have been impressive in the competition this season with wins in five of their six games, the most recent being a 4-0 hammering of Sporting Braga.
Sevilla will pose much tougher opposition however and Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu will be under no illusions as to the task ahead. he said: “All opponents would have been equally difficult but it will be a little bit more complicated because we play the first leg at home. Nine years ago, Sevilla qualified (in this competition) thanks to unbelievable luck and (goalkeeper Andres) Palop’s inspiration – 10 more seconds and we would have qualified. But I don’t think about that game anymore because Sevilla aren’t the same team – all the players have left the club. We will try to take revenge, but it will be very difficult.”
The hosts may take some comfort from Sevilla’s record away from home. The Spaniards haven’t managed a single victory on the road in La Liga this term and their only Europa League away win came at Bilbao in the quarter-finals of the competition. William Hill go 17/10 on both Sevilla and Shakhtar winning on Thursday, however with the visitors having drawn nine times away from home domestically since the start of the season, we believe that this will be the outcome on Thursday evening. Back Shakhtar v Sevilla to end in stalemate at 12/5 with Bet365.
Another tempting bet is Both Teams to Score at 7/9 with 888sport. Sevilla have found the net in all but two of their previous fourteen games and having scored against Barcelona, they can clearly do it in Ukraine this week given that Donetsk aren’t at their best at the back when facing top-class opposition. With Shakhtar are having few problems at the other end, we’re of the opinion that we’ll be seeing the net bulge at both ends on Thursday.