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Europa League: Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao preview

Kickoff: Thursday, 14 April @20:05 GMT

Venue: Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan (Seville)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Athletic Bilbao vs Sevilla 1-2 (2015/2016 Europa League)
Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao 2-0 (2015/2016 La Liga)
Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao 2-0 (2014/2015 La Liga)
Athletic Bilbao vs Sevilla 1-0 (2014/2015 La Liga)
Athletic Bilbao vs Sevilla 3-1 (2013/2014 La Liga)

Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao prediction

Los Leones hope to make amends for the home defeat against Sevilla in the reverse fixture. Los Sevillistas have a good home record with Bilbao. One thing is certain-a Spanish club will play in the Europa League semi-finals.

Unai Emery’s charges almost flawless on home soil this season

Sevilla are only a step away from their third consecutive semi-finals in the Europa League, thanks to the magnificent 2-1 success against los Leones in the previous clash. Given the fact that their chances for a Champions League spot in La Liga are rather slim, Unai Emery’s side will try to earn their ticket though the Europa League once again. Los Rojiblancos are on a twelve-game winning streak in this competition on home soil, which is why the fans hope for another victory of their team. Kevin Gameiro is rather productive at Pizjuan and will present the biggest danger for opposition defenders, but Fernando Llorente could prove to be lethal for his former teammates if given a chance. Los Sevillistas rarely capitulate on home turf this season, with six conceded goals in their last seventeen home matches. With twenty one triumphs in front of their supporters this term in all competitions, Sevilla are among the best clubs in Europe, concerning the home record.

Ever Banega is serving his suspension and will not be available for the forthcoming clash. Daniel Carrico is still recuperating from his hamstring injury, while Benoit Tremoulinas awaits the final verdict of the medical staff.

The Lions still hope for a miracle

Athletic managed to end their four-game winless run in all competitions by defeating Rayo Vallecano, curtesy of Raul Garcia’s pass and Inaki Williams’ goal. The young starlet suffered an injury moments later, and the medical team are doing their best to recuperate him in time for the clash with los Sevillistas. Ernesto Valverde still hopes his team could emerge triumphant from their visit to Pizjuan this Thursday, since he relies on the current top goal scorer of the competition, Aritz Aduriz (15). The veteran is simply amazing this term and he already netted a goal in the reverse fixture, but the question is whether he could find a crack in Sevilla’s rock solid defense this time out. The Basques have been slightly under par in recent away matches, but they scored at least a goal in their previous eight fixtures on the road. However, the injury of Laporte will leave a hole in the back and give the hosts an opportunity to finish the job, especially bearing in mind that los Leones have been far from successful in Seville in this century.

Ernesto Valverde will be without the likes of Sabin Merino and Aymeric Laporte, who are both in the recovery room, while Inaki Williams could be fit in time for the match.

Quick Facts

  • Sevilla are on a four-game undefeated run against the Lions on home soil
  • Los Rojiblancos boast a 21-0-4 record when hosts this season in all competitions
  • Ernesto Valverde’s charges achieved a single win at Pizjuan in this century (D5 L10)
  • Los Leones suffered back-to-back defeats on the road of recent
  • Less than 2.5 goals were seen in each of their last three encounters in Seville

Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao betting tip

Taking under consideration the current form of the hosts, I believe los Rojiblancos will try and secure a place in the semi-finals as soon as possible, despite the fact that they can afford to share the spoils with the Lions. A heavy battle is expected, since the Basques are not without chances, but I will back Sevilla in the forthcoming clash.

Tip: Sevilla to win

Odds: 2.05 (21/20) @betfair

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