One of the comparatively heavyweight clashes in Thursday’s Europa League schedule takes place at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as Sevilla, fourth in La Liga, take on Roma, fifth in Serie A.
Sevilla went unbeaten since the restart, drawing five and winning six of 11 post-lockdown games in La Liga to comfortably secure a top-four finish and qualification for the Champions League next season. They’ve looked particularly good in recent weeks with five wins, and just one goal conceded, from their last six outings.
First-choice goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik is a doubt for the hosts here, meaning back-up option Tassine Bounou could start between the sticks, while midfield man Nemanja Gudelj is sidelined and the long-serving Ever Banega has departed the club.
Julen Lopetegui’s side have also been good value for goals, so we could be in for an entertaining high-scoring encounter. Each of their last four games in this competition have featured at least three goals, and over 2.5 goals is available at 1/1 here.
But Roma have also been in excellent form, though they missed out on a top-four finish in the end largely down to dropped points before the suspension.
The Serie A club have are unbeaten in their last eight league outings, winning seven and drawing one, capping off their domestic campaign with a 3-1 win away to champions Juventus at the weekend - although it should be noted that was against a heavily-rotated outfit.
There should be concerns about Roma’s defence, however, with just one clean sheet during this good run of former. Chris Smalling is unavailable after seeing his loan from Manchester United expire, while key midfielder Jordan Veretout is suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards.
We recommend backing Sevilla for the win here, with their home advantage and their recent pedigree in the Europa League - they’ve only lost one of their last 13 in this competition.
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