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Sevilla vs. Roma Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
10 March 2020
Thursday 12 March
Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium – Europa League
Sevilla continue their Europa League journey on Thursday evening, but face an in-form and free-scoring Roma side.
The two sides are yet to meet in competitive football, although played each other in an friendly as recently as 2017, in which Sevilla won by two goals to one.
Fernando is Julen Lopetegui’s only senior absentee, meaning that the midfielder will be unable to face former Man City colleagues Edin Dzeko and Aleksadr Kolarov. Oliver Torres is expected to take-over, offering a far more attacking profile to the midfield.
Paolo Fonesca has a heavily depleted squad to select from, with Jordan Veretout’s suspension compounding a midfield crisis that is already without Nicolo Zaniolo, Lorenzo Pelegrini, and potentially Amadou Diawara. Henikh Mikhitaryan is likely to start just behind the striker, with Justin Kluivert and Carlos Perez providing support from the flanks.
Sevilla vs. Roma Predictions, Preview and Predictions
It is not so long ago that Sevilla were known as the Europa League team to beat, winning three consecutive titles. Now, with transfer guru Monchi back at the helm, the Spanish club hope to beat Roma to take the first step to yet another trophy.
Fonseca’s Roma side will be no easy victims however, and having scored four goals in each of their last two Serie A games, are attacking with plenty of confidence. This season’s Europa League campaign may not have been the most convincing for the Giallorossi, with runner-up qualification, and struggles against Gent, but with the heat turned up in the competition, they can be expected to up their game.
Likewise, Sevilla have been far from convincing on Thursday night football, relying on the away goals rule to get past Romanian Champions FC Cluj in the last round. Yet, as shown in a recent 2-2 draw against La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid, they have plenty of fire-power – even without a convincing goal-scorer up-front.
As with many of the Europa League fixtures, manager commitment will play significant part, although, in Roma’s case, the lack of available options should force Fonseca to play a strong line up. As the game may well be played behind-closed-doors, Thursday night’s game could provide a prime-opportunity for the away side to snatch a valuable goal to take back to the Stadio Olimpico.
Lucas Ocampos to score anytime at 2.5
The winger has been largely left-out of Sevilla’s starting line-ups in the Europa League, but their top-scorer should feature on Thursday.
Both teams to score at 1.86
Roma have been free-scoring in recent weeks, but have struggled defensively