Sevilla v Juventus Prediction: Europa League Match on 18.05.2023
Sunny Seville hosted the Europa League final last season as Eintracht Frankfurt beat Glasgow Rangers on penalties. Now fans want to be involved and they have a taste for being part of the big events. Sevilla fans have already followed their team to glory in this competition, but the support will be required on Thursday if the locals are to get over the line and into the final. This game is tied at 1-1, meaning a win would send either through. Will the hosts make home advantage count?
This tie will be decided on Thursday with extra-time and penalties available if required. The head-to-head stats show the Spaniards and Italians have met five times in the past with Juve sitting on two wins, Sevilla has one victory and the other games ended level. Interestingly, both teams have scored in each of the last two meetings and armchair fans hope that trend continues, giving viewers a few goals and even more talking points.
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We last saw Sevilla in action at the weekend when they beat Real Valladolid 3-0 away from home. That was the perfect match and result to boost team morale heading into this season-defining game. It took them until the 50th minute to get ahead but three late goals helped sink their opponents and move Sevilla into midtable.
Sevilla missed their chance
Juventus entered the tie as favourites with many respected pundits to win at home, protect their lead in Seville and progress to win the Europa League, but things haven’t gone to plan. That’s something Juve’s loyal fans have had to live with in the past few seasons. They fell behind early in that home game against Sevilla and needed a 90th minute equaliser to ensure this tie remained alive. Federico Gatti got his side back on level terms with a last gasp goal that changed the complexion of this semi-final.
This game hangs in the balance and although Sevilla seem to hold all the aces following that 1-1 draw last week, anything can happen. The winner of this game will progress to the final. It’s as simple as that, meaning we should be treated to an all-action performance from both clubs. Which team will win? Sevilla’s experience in this tournament could give them an edge.
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The Old Lady has a fighting chance
Following the drama and excitement of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final showdown between Manchester City and Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium, we turn our attention to the Europa League. UEFA’s second-string tournament is also into the last four with the remaining teams battling for a spot in the final. Four becomes two on Thursday with Sevilla hosting Juventus from a 1-1 aggregate while Roma head to Bayer Leverkusen aiming to protect their 1-0 lead. A pulsating evening lies ahead.
Heading to Italy for the first leg, many football fans and pundits expected Juve to use their experience and rack up a comfortable win. Sevilla’s goal wasn’t to beat Juve on their spot, they wanted to ensure the tie remained competitive for this second leg in Spain and they achieved that thanks to a 1-1 finish on the road. Youssef En-Nesyri broke the deadlock to give his team a 1-0 away lead on 26 minutes and supporters hoped that early goal would kick-start a thumping win, but Juventus dug deep, finding a late equaliser to stay alive.
The pre-match betting odds available at 22bet on this Europa League semi-final offers victory for Sevilla at 2.43 or you can back Juventus at 3.05. Another draw is 3.185 and that’ll push this game into extra-time.
Sevilla v Juventus prediction
Our team of football writers cover all midweek games from the Champions League and Europa League, including the game from Spain as Sevilla pushes to secure another appearance in the final. The La Liga side have failed to land a glove on the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid in the league this term, but have every chance of ending the season with another European trophy. Standing in their way is a Juventus side scrambling back to its feet following a difficult few seasons.
Europa League odds
Juventus haven’t been at their best for a few seasons now and since losing Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United, they’ve failed to regain the Serie A title. The Old Lady haven’t been too good in Europe either, dropping from the Champions League at the first time of asking, needing the safetynet of the Europa League to catch them. Winning this trophy wouldn’t rank as their biggest achievement, but it could be their most important win.
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Domestically, Juventus enjoy a strong run of form and have won each of their last three games. But that won’t be enough to bag them the Serie A crown due to Napoli’s dominance. The team from Naples hit the front early and haven’t taken their foot off the gas. They will be a deserving champion when the trophy is presented, but that takes nothing away from Juventus who have played the part of contenders as best they could.