Sevilla is hosting West Ham at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in the first leg of Round of 16 in the UEFA Europa League. Sevilla is an outstanding team defensively, and even though they have the talent to score a lot more goals, they are struggling a bit. West Ham is on a losing streak now, and they are not in as good form as they were in the group stage.
Sevilla hasn’t won many games, only 3 of their last 9, but they also haven’t conceded many goals and that has kept them alive in LaLiga. In their last game, Sevilla was playing against Alaves, and that game has ended in a 0-0 draw. in the LaLiga standings, Sevilla is still in second place, and it’s likely they will remain there. Sevilla has gotten to the Europa League after they got knocked out of the Champions League, and Martial, Ocampos, and Rakitc have each scored 1 goal for them so far. There are still a few injured players in Sevilla, but most of the teams in healthy and ready. Sevilla is a good team overall, but they won’t win anything without the offense, which at the moment they don’t have.
As I’ve mentioned, West Ham is on a losing streak, and their latest loss was against Liverpool in the EPL. West Ham was pretty solid in that game, to be honest, and they have had some great chances to get on the scoreboard, but they failed. With 45 points, West Ham is now in 6th place in the EPL, but they are only 3 points away from Arsenal in 4th, and that is their goal for this season. in the Europa League, West Ham has won their group, and they have gotten to the knockouts. Ogbonna is the only injured player for West Ham at the moment. Benrahma is the leading goalscorer for West Ham with 3 goals, while Rice has added 2 goals. Speaking of Rice, he wasn’t playing for West Ham in the EPL, which has given him the time to rest up for this matchup, and he will be at his best. Cresswell has added 2 assists. I think West Ham has the quality to end in the top 4 in the EPL, but I also think they have the quality too far in the Europa League, they just gotta get back on track with their game.
These two teams have never met in the past, but Sevilla hasn’t lost any of their last 10 home games, and their stadium is a fortress. West Ham is a solid team in bad form, but so is Sevilla, and for that reason, I see the draw here.