The first leg of the Europa League semi-finals are upon us and the champions Sevilla travel to Ukraine for a crunch clash against Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Spanish giants have won the competition twice in a row and will be looking to add a third this year. Unai Emery’s side have been very impressive throughout the competition and despite their deficiencies, they have been very tough to beat.
Shakhtar are undisputedly the best side from their country and have shown over the years that they are a match for most European sides. However, the away side are favourites to lift the trophy once again and will want to deliver a champion’s performance during the midweek.
Sevilla have been impressive away from home in the earlier rounds and will be heading into the game with the wind in their sails.
Reyes, Tremoulinas and Andreolli are the only injury concerns for Sevilla here. Other than that, Unai Emery will have a fully fit squad to choose from.
Marcio Azevedo is the only player injured for the home side.
Shakhtar: Pyatov; Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Ismaily; Malyshev, Stepanenko; Tyson, Kovalenko, Marlos; Ferreyra
Sevilla: Soria; Mariano, Rami, Kolodziejczak, Escudero; N’Zonzi, Krychowiak; Vitolo, Banega, Krohn-Dehli; Gameiro
Key Stats and Betting Tips
Shakhtar have won their last 5 matches in the UEFA Europa League. But they have lost 12 of their 21 encounters with Spanish opposition. Shakhtar are favourites to win the first leg with 888Sport at 2.65.
Sevilla have only lost one of their last 16 matches in the Europa League. Sevilla are 2.75 with 888Sport to win the first leg.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Sevilla’s last 3 games in the UEFA Europa League. Shakhtar have scored 15 goals in their last three home games. 888Sport are offering a price of 1.90 for the game to end with over 2.5 goals.
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