8/6/20 12:55 pm
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Sevilla and Roma are playing a 1-game knockout at MSV-Arena in Germany, in Round of 16 in the Europa League.
Sevilla has had a fantastic season in LaLiga, especially after the restart when they haven’t lost a game. With 70 points, Sevilla has ended the season in 4th place, which got them into the Champions League next season. In the attacking end, Sevilla has been solid, but what really stands out is their defense which has been the third-best in LaLiga with 34 conceded goals. In the Europa League, Sevilla has dominated their group with 15 points, and they won the first place, while in the first round of the knockouts, Sevilla has knocked out Cluj. El Haddadi is the leading goalscorer for Sevilla in the Europa League with 5 goals, while Dabbur added 3 goals and 2 assists. Vaclik is the only injured player for Sevilla, and he will not be playing again this season. Sevilla hasn’t played a game in almost 3 weeks, and that could bring up a lot of problems, especially in the attacking end where Sevilla was struggling with consistency, but Sevilla has a good team and plenty of depth, which will be important in this 1-game knockout.
Roma was playing outstanding soccer in Serie A, and they haven’t lost any of their last 8 games. In each of those 8 games, Roma has scored at least 2 goals, while conceding at least 1 goal in 7 of those 8 games. In Serie A, Roma has ended the season in 5th place with 70 points, which was enough for the Europa League next season. Offensively, Roma has been one of the best teams in Serie A this season with 77 scored goals, while their offense was shaky, but solid with 51 conceded goals. Kluivert and Dzeko have both scored 3 goals for Roma in the Europa League this season, while Zaniolo added 2 goals and 2 assists. Pellegrini and Dzeko also added 2 assists each. Pellegrini is injured, while Veretout is suspended because of the yellow cards in the Europa League. Roma has won second place in their group in the Europa League with 9 points. In the 6 games Roma has played, they had 2 wins, 3 draws, and 1 loss, while scoring 12 goals and conceding 6 goals. In the first round of the knockouts, Roma has beaten Gent 1-0 at home, while the second leg ended in a 1-1 draw, and Roma has advanced to the next stage. Roma is playing well, and they are in a good form, and with Serie A being done, Roma can now focus on the Europa League, where with a bit of luck, Roma could go all the way, they certainly have the quality to do so.
This match between Sevilla and Roma is being played in Germany, and I would dare to say that this is going in Roma’s favor because they are on a roll, and they are consistent. If this were to be a regular two-leg knockout stage, I would argue that Sevilla is the favorite, but I think Roma will get this one.