The Europa League final at the Juventus Stadium in Italy this evening is a tale of two sides with 100% records in their finals in this competition in the past, in both its UEFA Cup and Europa League guises. Sevilla come into the game having reached the final in 2006 and 2007, winning both of them, while Benfica’s two finals came 30 years apart in 1983 and last season, and both ended with the Portuguese side collecting runners up medals. Will tonight’s Sevilla v Benfica Europa League final be different for these teams?
Sevilla v Benfica Match Odds (Normal Time only):
Sevilla – 3.05
Draw – 3.10
Benfica – 2.28
(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)
Sevilla have been hit and miss in the knockout stages of the Europa League this season as their last three ties against Real Betis, Porto and Valencia have seen them swing back and forth between progression and elimination before sneaking through to tonight’s final. Against their fellow Spaniards Betis, who have been relegated from the La Primera Liga as the bottom side in the league, Sevilla were beaten 2-0 at home before winning 2-0 on the road to force a penalty shootout and a place in the Quarter Finals. A fine second leg performance saw them overturn a 1-0 deficit to Porto as they reached the final four stage 4-2 on aggregate and after bringing a 2-0 lead to Valencia for the semi finals they needed an injury time goal to progress on away goals after a 3-3 tie. They are without a win in four games before tonight, so will their luck continue or finally run out tonight?
Benfica were beaten at the weekend too, but their 2-1 defeat away to Porto was their first loss in 14 matches and was a game that they rested players for the trip to Turin this evening. They are one of the more impressive sides in Europe this season having already won the league and league cup double and with tonight’s Europa League and the Portuguese Cup finals coming up this evening and at the weekend they stand a superb chance of ending the season with four titles to their name.
Benfica have been the more consistent of the two sides in this Spain v Portugal all-Iberian clash at the Juventus Stadium tonight with six wins and two draws on their way to the final tonight. They sent Juventus, the side who would have loved to play this final on home soil, crashing out at the semi final stage and I believe that they are the better of these two sides and they will finally end their inability to win the Europa League finals tonight.
Back Benfica to claim Europa League glory with victory tonight @ 2.28 with GR88.com.