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    Sevilla vs shakhtar donetsk tip & predictions

    The pair met in Ukraine last week and a 2-2 draw means it's very much advantage Sevilla going in to their home 2nd leg. Crucial away goals from Vitolo and Kevin Gameiro mean they'll be expected to make their 3rd consecutive Europa League final on Thursday. They are much stronger at their home stadium and their winless season away from home in La Liga continued on Sunday when they lost 1-0 at Espanyol although several senior players were rested with this game in mind. They've won 18 of their last 21 home games and all of their last 15 Europa League knock-out ties so will have all the reason in the world to believe they can progress into the final again.

    Shakhtar do come into this game after a really impressive win at the weekend though. They beat Ukranian league leaders Dinamo Kiev 3-0 on Sunday in a bad-tempered game that saw 3 players sent off. However they still look set to miss out on the title to the side from the capital so this is likely to be their only route to silverware this term and their only direct path into the Champions League group stages. They shouldn't be discounted here either having won all of their 3 Europa League away matches in the knock-out stages so far. They won at Schalke, Anderlecht and Sporting Braga but did suffer defeat in all of their 3 Champions League group stage away games before Christmas.

    Sevilla have done the hard work and need to finish the job, something they found tricky in the Quarter Finals when they were reliant on penalties to see off Athletic despite having won the away 1st leg 2-1. It's hard to see a repeat here though. Sevilla have been here so many times before in this competition that they will truly believe they are destined to lift the trophy yet again. They are so strong at home in front of what are among the best fans in Spain that you have to fancy them to finish the job here and backing Sevilla to win at 7/10 looks a solid punt here.

    HEAD TO HEAD
    Both sides have scored twice or more in all of the last 3 meetings between the clubs. Sevilla won a 2007 UEFA Cup knock-out tie 5-4 on aggregate after a 2-2 1st Leg on the way to winning the trophy and will be hoping to repeat that 9 years on after again drawing the 1st Leg 2-2.

    STATS
    Sevilla had won 11 home games in a row in this competition prior to their defeat to Athletic Bilbao in the last round, when they still progressed on penalties. Having lost 5 of their 6 Champions League group games this season, Shakhtar have gone unbeaten in 7 matches in the Europa League.

    TEAM NEWS
    Marco Andreolli, Benoit Tremoulinas and Michael Krohn-Dehli are all doubts for the game with knocks while Jose Antonio Reyes has an illness and could also struggle to make it. They will recall several players who were rested at Espanyol at the weekend though.

    Shakhtar are missing only Marcio Azevedo, who has a knee injury.

    TIPS
    Sevilla to Win
    Sevilla to Win 2-0

    free predictions - http://bettingtime.ru/

 

 

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