Wolverhampton Wanderers’ European odyssey continues on Tuesday as they face five-time Europa League/UEFA Cup winners Sevilla in the one-legged quarter-final at the MSV Arena in Duisburg.
This is the first-ever meeting of Wolves and Sevilla in a competitive fixture, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s men do have some experience of playing La Liga opposition, having beaten Espanyol 6-3 on aggregate in the Round of 32.
However, this ought to be a much tougher test than Espanyol, who ended up finishing bottom of La Liga, 12 points adrift at the bottom. Sevilla, in contrast, comfortably finished fourth and returned to Europa League action with a dominant statement 2-0 victory over Serie A giants Roma last week, and are now on the longest unbeaten stretch in club history - 18 matches, stretching to long before lockdown.
That form sees Sevilla as the bookmakers’ favourites in this clash, 6/5 on PaddyPower (12/5 for a Wolves win). That will be in part due to Wolves’ lack of experience at this level - this is the club’s first European quarter-final since the 1972 UEFA Cup campaign, in which they finished runners-up to Tottenham.
Wolves’ form has also been a little sketchy of late, with just three wins (and three defeats) from their last seven outings. They held their nerve to beat Olympiakos 1-0 at Molineux in the last round, but it wasn’t an especially convincing all-round performance, and the Greek champions were millimetres from finding a vital equaliser, with a goal ruled out via VAR.
Wing-back Jonny suffered an injury last time out, but otherwise Wolves will be at full-strength for this trip, with star man Raul Jimenez set to the lead the line as ever. The Mexican international is priced at 11/2 to score first again here, via Betfair Sportsbook, having notched his 27th goal of the season with the opener against Olympiakos.
We recommend backing Sevilla to get the win here, and to keep a clean sheet as they did last time out. Wolves have lost and failed to score in three of their last seven outings. Sevilla to win to nil is 5/2 via PaddyPower.
*All prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change
Sevilla to win to nil - 5/2 (PaddyPower)