2/17/21 3 pm
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Sevilla is hosting Borussia Dortmund at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League.
Sevilla is in the absolutely brilliant form right now, and they are beating everyone put in front of them. Sevilla is on a 9-game winning streak during which they scored 18 goals while conceding only 1 goal!!!! Sevilla has kept impressive 8 clean sheets in their last 9 games, and I’m stunned by that. In their last game, Sevilla was hosting Huesca, and they have had a good game with 65% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 87% of the correct passes. With a goal from Haddadi in the 57th minute, Sevilla has won this game 1-0. Sevilla is now in 4th place in the LaLiga standings with 45 points, and they have a good chance to get to a higher spot. Sevilla has advanced to the next stage by ending in second place in the Champions League group, and they could have gotten a harder opponent. En-Nesyri is the leading goalscorer for Sevilla in the Champions League with 4 goals, while Rakitic added 2 goals. Acuna and Ocampos are the only two injured players for Sevilla at this time. Sevilla looks really strong on the defensive end, and their offense has improved drastically. I like Sevilla, and I think they could do some damage in the Champions League.
Borussia is struggling with consistency massively, and they have won only 2 of their last 7 games, while not winning any of their last 2 Bundesliga games. During these 2 games, Borussia has scored 3 goals while conceding 4 goals. In their last game against Hoffenheim, Borussia has had 54% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 1 corner kick, 3 big chances created, and 78% of the correct passes. The first half score was 1-1, while Hoffenheim got ahead in the 51st minute. Borussia has had some good chances after that, and they were able to tie the score in the 81st minute. The final result of this game was 2-2. Not only Borussia is out of the title race in Bundesliga, but they are also out of the Champions League spot, and they are now in 6th place with 33 points. As far as the Champions League goes, Borussia has won their group dominantly, and at the moment they thought they are getting a good opponent in Sevilla, but that has changed. Haaland has been in great form in the Champions League, and he has scored 6 goals, while Sancho added 2 goals and 2 assists. Schmelzer, Witsel, Zagadou, and Burki are all injured for Borussia at this time. I know that form matters, but Borussia has been playing well and consistently in the Champions League, and I think they might pick up where they left off after the group stage ended.
Sevilla and Borussia have played only twice in the past, and it was 10 years ago in the Europa League. Sevilla has won one game, while the other game ended in a draw. It’s no secret that Sevilla is in much, much better form here, but Borussia is a dangerous team, and they can certainly score some goals, and I’m afraid they will have to if they want to have a chance in this matchup. I will stick to goals in this one.