West Ham is hosting Sevilla at London Stadium in the second leg of the Round of 16 in the UEFA Europa League. West Ham has finally ended their bad streak by beating Aston Villa, but they are still not out of the woods. Sevilla is still an excellent defensive team, but they are lacking goals in the attacking end.
West Ham has lost on the first leg 1-0, but that win against Aston Villa might be a nice confidence boost for them ahead of this game. Another thing going West Ham’s way is that they are the home team here, and they are excellent at home. Benrahma is the leading goalscorer for West Ham in the Europa League with 3 goals, while Rice has added 2 goals. Speaking of Rice, he will be one of the most wanted players in the summer, and deservedly so because he is an excellent player who can cover the entire midfield, and still have an impact in the attacking end. West Ham doesn’t have any notable injuries, and that is good because they will need the best they can get to beat Sevilla here.
Sevilla is undefeated in their last 4 games, they have conceded only 2 goals in those 4 games, and it’s their defense that is keeping them high in the LaLiga table right now. Sevilla is in second place in LaLiga, but I doubt they will be able to catch up to Real Madrid this season. Sevilla hasn’t played a lot of games in the Europa League, which means they haven’t scored a lot of goals. Martial, El Haddadi, Rakitic, and Ocampos have each scored 1 goal for them so far. Sevilla has a few hard games ahead of them, but I’m sure they will not be coming into this game with the intent to lose, and they are definitely good enough to get a win and to go even further in this competition. In LaLiga, Sevilla will end in the top 4, but the competition is pretty strong there, and I don’t know which spot they will end up in. Defensively, Sevilla is far superior to West Ham here, but playing this game on the road could be a bit of a problem for them.
As I’ve mentioned, the first leg has ended in a 1-0 score for Sevilla, but West Ham will push in this game, and I think they will score. Sevilla is a strong team when backed into a corner, and I think they will score here as well.