2015 Europa League final tips – Sevilla can retain European crown

Sevilla should easily beat Dnipro

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Betting Tip: Sevilla @ 7/10 with bet365

Sevilla are the dons of the Europa League. The Spanish side have won this competition three times in the past ten seasons, including twelve months ago and they are rightfully favourites to claim the trophy on Wednesday night.

A Europa League triumph this season leads to Champions League qualification, with Unai Emery’s side finishing fifth in La Liga after narrowly being edged out by Atletico Madrid and Valencia.

Los Rojiblancos have excellent form coming into this showdown in Warsaw, having lost just one of their last twenty-three matches and that was a 3-2 reverse at the hands of Real Madrid.

Fiorentina were easily despatched in the semi-finals of the Europa League, with Sevilla winning 5-0 on aggregate and this is a team who have scored two or more goals in eight of their past nine matches.

Odds of 8/13 about a win in ninety minutes might not be to everyone’s tastes although we’re happy to get with the Spanish side on the handicap, with Dnipro having enjoyed a rather fortunate passage through to the final.

The Ukrainian side have done everything asked of them, including a defeat of Rafael Benitez’s Napoli at the last four stage, although Olympiacos, Ajax and Club Brugge were handily drawn against them in the previous knockout rounds.

The group stage saw Dnipro involved in several low-scoring matches and it’s likely that Myron Markevych will send out his team to defend manfully and hope to benefit from any set pieces that come their way.

Emery has been linked with the vacant West Ham manager’s position, although he is fully focused on the job in hand before considering his future.

‘It’s very clear in my mind. My heart is 100 per cent Sevilla at the moment and I cannot think beyond that by winning that match tomorrow.’

‘Dnipro compete very well,’ he said. ‘It’s very difficult to say who is going to prevail. It’s going to be a close call.’

‘There are no favourites in a final,’ Sevilla captain Fernando Navarro said. ‘Football is football and anything can happen.

‘Personally, and I am being truthful, the team does not feel it is a favourite. Everyone is on an equal footing. We believe in respect, humility and winning.’

‘For Sevilla it would be the fourth trophy. Nobody else has that. It’s a goal that’s beautiful to all of us. We are hopeful. Maybe we will be lucky.

‘We will make our supporters happy and we will be writing history.’

The Spaniard, who could be set to end his second spell with his hometown club in the summer, added: ‘It’s a beautiful objective – a beautiful goal.’

Betting Tip: Sevilla @ 7/10 with bet365

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