Europa League Masters Sevilla Face Lethal Inter Milan
Last updated: August 21, 2020 by Leon Marshal
|Last Meeting:||Sevilla 0 – 0 Milan|
|Competition:||UEFA Europa League|
The stage is set for the finals of the UEFA Europa League final between the most successful side in the competition Sevilla and the resurgent Italian giants’ Inter Milan. A potentially classic encounter between a juvenile Spanish manager with an experienced side and an accomplished Italian coach with a newly assembled strong side go head to head in Germany.
Sevilla has had the toughest schedule since the restart beating AS Roma (3–0), Wolves (1–0), and coming from a goal down to beat Manchester United (2–1) to book a spot in the final. Inter Milan beat Getafe (2–0), Bayern Leverkusen (2–1), and Shakhtar Donetsk (5–0) in their quest.
The two sides will be meeting in the European League for the very first time, making this the sixth time in eleven seasons this has happened. The last occasion was Sevilla’s (3-1) triumph against Liverpool back in 2015-16 season. Julen Lopetegui has achieved so much with so little while Antonio Conte, who is the more experienced of the two, has a fully loaded side with great depth after a busy spending spree last summer.
Sevilla has a good record on German soil, winning nine of the thirteen matches and has won all three Europa League knockout ties against Serie A sides. They have a rich history in the competition as the kings of the UEFA Europa League, reaching the semi-final six times (including this season) and winning the trophy a record five times. The Spanish outfit has lifted the trophy in each of the five UEFA finals they have played, only Liverpool (who won six between 1972-73 and 1983-84) and Real Madrid (who won nine between 1984-85 and 2017-18 run still on) have won more consecutive finals.
The goalkeeper Yassine Bounou was the man of the match in their semi-final against Manchester United making six crucial saves becoming the third Spanish side to knockout the English side for a third consecutive season. They are unbeaten in the last 20 games and are just the fourth side alongside the big boys Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and Paris Saint Germaine to enjoy such a run. Their star player, Lucas Ocampos, limped off in the semi-final but is tipped to recover in readiness for the final. The Spanish have an average age of 30.4 the oldest squad in the five top European Leagues and with their rich history are the stern favourites.
Inter Milan was one of the favourites since joining the competition in the round of 16 after their elimination from the Champions League. The Italians have a strong, experienced defensive line with Diego Godin leading the park following a heavy summer. The Black and Blues have a poor record against Spanish opposition, winning just 14 of the previous 43, suffering 18 defeats including two losses to Barcelona this season.
This match will be the Italians 10th major UEFA European final and just their first since the 2010 UEFA Champions League final where they beat Bayern Munich 2 – 0. They become the 9th side to achieve ten major finals and just the third Italian side after AC Milan and Juventus.
Inter Milan ran riot on the new Ukrainian League Champions Shakhtar Donetsk 5 – 0 in the semi-final of the Europa League. The fantastic attacking duo of Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku scored a brace each. The best partnership left in the competition, the two have scored a combined total of 53 goals this season (Martinez 21 goals in 48 Lukaku 33 goals in 50). Antonio Conte has named a consistent starting eleven for the last four games across all competitions.
The Italian has been accustomed to his traditional 3-5-2 with wing-backs. The system seems to be working perfectly with a run of six straight wins, conceding just once. On form and personnel, they have the best side but are still fresh and untested, especially with the nervy atmosphere of a big European night.
Sevilla is unbeaten in the last 20 games and is just the forth side alongside the big boys Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and Paris Saint Germain to enjoy such a run.
Sevilla’s star player, Lucas Ocampos, limped off in their semi-final win against Man United but is expected to shake it off and start.
Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku partnership has yielded a combined total of 53 goals this season (Martinez 21 goals in 48, Lukaku 33 goals in 50).
This game will be Inter’s 10th major UEFA European final and just their first since the 2010 UEFA Champions League final where they beat Bayern Munich 2 – 0.
|Sevilla (4-3-3):||Bounou, Navas, Kounde, Carlos, Reguilon, Banega, Jordan, Fernando, Suso, En-Nesyri, Ocampos|
|Subs:||Vaclik, Diaz, Gomez, Munir, Escudero, De Jong, Torres, Vazquez, Mena, Lara, Rodriguez, Perez|
|Inter Milan (3-5-2):||Handanovic, Godin, De Vrij, Bastoni, D’Ambrosio, Barella, Brozovic, Gagliardini, Young, Lukaku, Martinez|
|Subs:||Padelli, Sanchez, Moses, Sensi, Ranocchia, Valero, Eriksen, Esposito, Pirola, Skriniar, Candreva, Biraghi|
So Far This Season
|Sevilla This Season||Inter This Season|
|8 (3)||Wins (away)||5 (1)|
|5 – 2 v Dudelange||Biggest Win||5 – 0 v Shakhtar Donetsk|
|2 (1)||Draws (away)||—|
|0 – 1 v APOEL||Biggest Defeat||—|
|Munir (5)||Top Goal Scorer||Lukaku (6)|
|Y18, R0||Discipline||Y5, R0|
|2||Failures to Score||0|
|27%||Both Teams to Score Games||40%|
|36%||Over 2.5 Goals||60%|
|64%||Under 2.5 Goals||40%|
- The sides have not met in a competitive match with the only meeting a goalless friendly back in 2008.
- Inter have had a fantastic season finishing second just a point behind Juventus while Sevilla finished fourth which is great by their own rights and will both have a shot at silverware in this final.
- Seville have an average of 1.72 goals per match compared to Inter Milan average 1.98.
- Lukaku has six goals and two assists averaging a goal every hour, two goals behind top goalscorer Bruno Fernandes (8 goals).
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|08/08/2008||Friendly||Inter 0 – 0 Sevilla||—|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Sevilla’s win against Manchester United didn’t overly surprise us, they are masters of this competition and know what it takes to win, even when not playing the best football. Sevilla has triumphed in eight of their last nine matches and confidence in high in their camp.
Inter fans will feel their name is already on the cup. Inter have not one but two strikers on lethal form with Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku two of Europe’s best. Lukaku has now scored in 10 successive Europa League games, and few would bet against the former Manchester United man extending it on this stage.
Anyone but Inter and we would be predicting a Sevilla win, but we just can’t see anything but an Inter win here. Not only do they have a formidable front line, but a scrooge-like defence has also only let in one goal in seven. We don’t think this will be pretty nor emphatic; a 2-0 win for Inter is our shout. You can get 9/1 at bet365 for this scoreline, Lukaku to score anytime @ 11/10 is also worth a look.