Sevilla and Roma restart their campaign in the Europa League on Thursday when they meet in a one-off last-16 clash at the Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena in Duisburg, Germany.
The postponement of football stopped the teams from playing the first leg of their tie in March, but they will finally get the opportunity to secure progression this week.
UEFA has been forced to reshape the competition to ensure it can be completed this month and the winners of this tie stay in Germany for the final-eight competition from 10-21 August.
While Roma finished eight-points shy of fourth place in Serie A, they finished the league campaign in impressive fashion. Roma have lost just one of their last nine matches in the Europa League. They’ve only lost once on the road this season in Europe, with three of their four Europa League away games this season seeing both teams find the net.
Sevilla have been firing up front, scoring 15 goals in their eight matches in this competition this season. With the Italians seeing both teams score in eight of their last nine games, our first prediction for this clash is to back both to score.
Sevilla have failed to win their last three Europa League games. With Roma playing well and looking good in this competition, they should hold the La Liga side.
Reason for Sevilla vs. Roma predictions:
- The Giallorossi have scored twice in each of their last eight games.
- Roma have seen both teams score in three of their last four Europa League trips.
- Sevilla have scored 15 times in eight Europa League games this term.
- Roma have scored 23 times across their last eight matches.
Sevilla have had an extra two weeks’ rest compared to Roma heading into this match, but it remains to be seen just how much of an advantage – or indeed disadvantage – that will be. Both sides ended their domestic campaigns in impressive form, but we can see Sevilla edging this first ever competitive meeting between the clubs.
Sevilla 1-0 Roma