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Preview: Sevilla vs Juventus – prediction, team news, line-ups

Preview: Sevilla vs Juventus – prediction, team news, line-ups

Sevilla will welcome Juventus to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium on Thursday night for their Europa League semi-final second-leg encounter, with a place in the final still up for grabs.

Both sides played out a thrilling 1-1 draw at the Allianz Stadium last week, leaving the tie delicately poised ahead of the reverse fixture in Spain.

Sevilla returned to La Liga action with a thumping 3-0 victory over relegation-threatened Real Valladolid, boosting their prospects of snatching a place in Europe with the season in its home stretch.

They sit tenth in the La Liga standings just one point adrift of the Europa Conference League place, but will now switch their attention to the continental stage, hoping to take another massive step in their quest for success in their favourite tournament.

In their path stands Juventus, who are also eyeing Europa League success which remains their only avenue for silverware this season, having suffered Coppa Italia heartbreak to Inter Milan.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side made light work of relegation-bound Cremonese in their last outing, running out comfortable 2-0 winners, and now have their sights firmly fixed on earning a place in Budapest.

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Form tends to go out the window when Sevilla approach the final knockings of their favoured Europa League tournament, having won the competition six times.

However, Los Nervionenses are brimming with confidence, having lost just one of their last eight games in all competitions (W6, D1).

Their recent results should bolster them towards ending their wretched run of form against Juventus, having won just one of their last five meetings with the Bianconeri (D2, L2).

If they knock out Juventus, Sevilla could become only the second team to eliminate the Italian giants in a European semi-final this century, after Benfica in the 2013/14 campaign.

Juventus are unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions (W3, D2), and a comfortable victory in their last outing should boost their confidence ahead of what is arguably their biggest match of the season.

They have only won two of their last 17 away games against Spanish sides in the knockout stage of a major European competition (D3, L12) while only keeping one clean sheet, which does not bode well for their chances.

However, with a first European final since the 2016/17 campaign in sight, Allegri could become just the fifth manager to reach both the Champions League and Europa League finals.

Angel Di Maria has been a standout performer for Juventus in Europe this season, leading other Bianconeri players across several statistics and will look to continue his impressive form in Spain.

Sevilla vs Juventus Potential Line-ups

Sevilla (4-2-3-1): Marko Dmitrovic; Jesus Navas, Nemanja Gudelj, Loic Bade, Marcos Acuna; Fernando, Ivan Rakitic; Lucas Ocampos, Erik Lamela, Bryan Gil; Youssef En-Nesyri.

Juventus (3-5-2): Wojceich Szczesny; Danilo, Federico Gatti, Alex Sandro; Juan Cuadrado, Nicolo Fagioli, Manuel Locatelli, Adrien Rabiot, Filip Kostic; Angel Di Maria; Dusan Vlahovic.

We Say: Sevilla 2-1 Juventus (Agg: 3-2)

Juventus’ form on their travels against Spanish sides could prove their undoing in Spain, with Sevilla poised for another crack at the Europa League title.

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