Dnipro and Sevilla go head to head tonight at the National Stadium, Warsaw for the Europa League title.
While commonly viewed as the poor sibling of Europe’s biggest competition, winning the Europa League now entails a Champions League group-stage place.
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk of Ukraine are the surprise package of the tournament, beating the likes of Olympiakos, Ajax and the much fancied Napoli on their way to the final. Dnipro are as high as 5/1 to complete what would be one of the biggest upsets in European football for some time. They’ve somehow managed to make it to the final while losing four games in the competition. Dnipro have had to play their home fixtures in Kiev due to the proximity of their usual ground to the ongoing conflict in the eastern part of the country.
Sevilla just missed out on a La Liga top four finish by a solitary point, and need to win here to secure a Champions League berth. With a win, they would become the first club to win the competition (including UEFA Cups etc.) four times. They seek to retain (for the second time) the trophy they won after overcoming Benfica on penalties in last years final, after a two hour stalemate.
Dnipro: Nikola Kalinić – 18 goals
Evhan Seleznyov – 13 goals
Yevhen Konoplyanka – 7 goals
Sevilla: Carlos Bacca – 26 goals
Kevin Gameiro – 17 goals
Vitolo – 9 goals
- The Spanish side have won 10 of their 14 games since the start of the group stage, and have scored a competition-best 26 goals thus far.
- In contrast, Dnipro have scored only 13 times in the Europa League, just half of Sevilla’s total.
- Having finished third in the Ukrainian Premier League, this is Dnipro’s last chance to claim a Champions League place.
- Sevilla have lost just one of their last 14 matches in all competitions.
- After a nine game unbeaten run, Dnipro have won only three of their last eight games.
- Yevhen Konoplyanka has 16 attempts on target – the fifth highest total in this years competition.
Serhiy Kravchenko and Roman Zozulya (knee) are ruled out for the Eastern European outfit, while Sevilla have a doubt over Dani Parejo due to a knee problem.
Banker: Sevilla @ 7/10
The Spanish side are a class above their opponents, almost have a fully fit squad, and have won four of their last five games; scoring 11 goals in the process. Dnipro have failed to score three or more goals in any Europa League encounter since November 2013.
Measured Punt: Carlos Bacca to score 2 or more goals @ 13/2
Bacca recently scored a brace against Eibar, and has five goals in Europe thus far. Other braces scored this season against Cordoba, Elche and Granada.
Bonkers: No goals @ 9/1
It happened last year (and involved Sevilla), and the Ukrainian side’s penchant for defensive play will likely ensure that this will be a low scoring affair regardless.