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The entire (football) world is under the spell of the corona virus, and the duel between Sevilla and AS Roma is also a breeze. The first match in the eighth finals of the Europa League between the Spanish and Italian subtoppers will be played behind closed doors, in a nasty empty Sanchez Pizjuan.
Seville of course has a reputation to uphold in the Europa League. After all, the Spaniards already managed to win the tournament in 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and this year are going for their sixth overall victory of this century. Nevertheless, the current number three of LaLiga was shocked in the previous round, when it managed to struggle with two draws (from: 1-1 / at home: 0-0) only on the basis of away goals past Romanian CFR Cluj . Trainer Julen Lopetegui was criticized a lot, so he probably won’t be so sorry that the stands of the Sanchez Pizjuan will remain empty on Thursday evening.
Last weekend, Seville demonstrated that it can compete with the greatest by dragging a 2-2 draw from a visit to Atletico Madrid in the Wanda Metropolitano. With fifteen goals in eight league duels, the Andalusians in LaLiga are the most scoring team of the second half of the season, but with eleven goals against, there is still plenty of work to be done in defense. In addition, Lopetegui will probably rotate a bit, as the loaded city derby against Real Betis is scheduled for next weekend. The coach can in any case have almost his entire selection, because only Fernando is in the rag basket.
AS Roma is of course a great club with a rich history, but the European prize cabinet of the Italians is horribly empty. The only European trophy ever dates from 1961 with winning the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, a distant precursor to the current Europa League. AS Roma is naturally keen to add a serious top prize to this edition of the Europa League.
With three wins in the last four official games, the current number five in the Serie A is in good shape. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, in particular, is comfortable in his own skin and could play a key role in AS Roma’s search for that all-important shit. In addition, the Romans of course have the advantage that they can fully focus on the double confrontation with Seville, since the Series A has stopped due to the corona virus. Trainer Paulo Fonseca will have to do some puzzling, especially in midfield. Jordan Veretout has been suspended, while Nicolo Zaniolo and Lorenzo Pellegrini, among others, are unable to play on Thursday evening due to injury.
Sevilla vs AS Roma head to head matches
10.08.17 CF Sevilla AS Roma 2 : 1
14.08.15 CF AS Roma Sevilla 6 : 4