Liverpool vs Sevilla
Liverpool and Sevilla will meet for the first time as they face off for the Europa League Cup in Basel. Both teams have been in great form in this competition and rightly deserve their places in the final. Sevilla have won the past 2 Europa League Cups while Liverpool have not won since 2001.
Liverpool come into this final with their last 4 games unbeaten while Sevilla had lost their last 2 matches in La Liga so Liverpool come into this game in better form but in a final like this, form does go out the window.
There is more than just winning the Cup but the winner will also be guaranteed a spot the the UEFA Champions League next season which is huge for these clubs as neither clubs did not qualify for Europe from their leagues this season. Liverpool finished 8th in the EPL while Sevilla finished 7th in La Liga.
Both teams have talented footballers that can help their clubs go all the way. Liverpool have Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, James Milner and Emre Can who had been great this season. Sevilla have Éver Banega, Vitolo and Adil Rami who had performed well this season while José Antonio Reyes has found form at the right time.
The striker battle between Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Sevilla’s Kevin Gamiero could be the key for either team to win. Sturridge has been great in the second half of the season scoring 8 goals in the past 17 matches including a vital goal against Villarreal to put Liverpool into the final. He is a talented striker that can win matches with his clinical finishing. Gamiero has been in red hot form in front of goal scoring 9 goals in his past 9 matches as he has shown his quality finishing recently. He scored 3 goals in the two legs against Shakhtar Donetsk to seal them a finals berth so he is heading into the final with confidence.
Both teams can play fast and exciting football and it should a great game to watch. At the moment, both teams look even on paper so the Cup and next seasons Champions League spot could go to any of these clubs.
Unsportsman- Sevilla 2-1
Sportsman- Liverpool 2-1