A quick turnaround in the Europa League as Wolves take on Sevilla in the Quarter Final stages in Germany. We preview this one-leg tie that could see Wolves progress against the five-time Europa League winners.
Who is playing?
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Sevilla
What competition are Wolves and Sevilla playing in?
UEFA Europa League Quarter Final
What time is kick off between Wolves and Sevilla?
20:00 BST on Tuesday 11th August 2020
Which stadium is holding Wolves vs Sevilla?
MSV Arena, Duisburg, Germany
What channel is Wolves vs Sevilla on?
BT Sport 1
Wolves vs Sevilla Summary
Wolves take on five-time Europa League winners Sevilla in one of Tuesday’s Quarter Final matches in the UEFA Europa League. There are no second leg ties, meaning this match will decide will book a place into the semi-finals on the weekend.
A Raul Jimenez goal and a slice of fortune with VAR perhaps meant that Wolves held out for an aggregate win over Olympiacos in their last match. Sevilla’s quality was too much for Roma, who could not handle the Spaniards who won 2-0 to take another step closer to winning a competition they are so good at winning.
The winner of this tie will take on the winner of the tie between Manchester United and Copenhagen, with the potential of an all-English Europa League Semi Final between United and Wolves.
Wolves Team News and Form
With a few weeks to prepare, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side made their opening minutes of the game against Olympiacos count, with Mexican forward Raul Jimenez grabbing a goal inside 10 minutes at Molineux.
There were some periods of play which they were perhaps fortunate not to concede, especially the tight offside call that ruled out Mady Kamara’s goal via VAR. However, that is now wins with clean sheets in their last six matches, and they have scored at least once in all but one Europa League games this season.
Having picked up a yellow card against his former team, Daniel Podence will miss this tie. This could mean a start for Diogo Jota, who came off the bench in the last round. Another Wolves player set to miss out is the injured Johnny, who their main left wing back in the system they play, because of an injury picked up in the last match.
Sevilla Team News and Form
You could have argued that despite have less time to prepare, Roma would be the sharper side having played regular competitive football more recently. However, Sevilla showed their quality and why they are the best team in the competition’s modern history, sealing an impressive 2-0 victory.
The highly touted fullback Sergio Reguilón burst past two defenders into the box to drill home the opening goal, before Youssef En-Nesyri latched onto a Lucas Ocampos pass across goal for the second. The Andalusians have not lost since February, with their unbeaten run now stretching to 18 games in all competitions.
Nemanja Gudelj is the only missing player for Sevilla after testing positive for the virus. I expect a similar starting XI to the one we saw against Roma.
Head to Head
Wolves Last 5 Matches (All competitions)
- Olympiacos (H) 1-0 Europa League win
- Chelsea (A) 2-0 Premier League defeat
- Crystal Palace (H) 2-0 Premier League win
- Everton (H) 3-0 Premier League win
- Sheffield United (A) 1-0 Premier League defeat
Sevilla Last 5 Matches (All competitions)
- Roma (N) 2-0 Europa League win
- Valencia (H) 1-0 La Liga win
- Real Sociedad (A) 0-0 La Liga draw
- RCD Mallorca (H) 2-0 La Liga win
- Athletic Bilbao (A) 2-1 La Liga win
Wolves Top Goalscorers
- Raul Jimenez (17 Premier League goals + 4 Europa League goals) – Mexican striker that managed four goals in the Premier league resumption and takes his Europa League tally (including qualifying) to 11 goals this season having scored against Olympiacos.
- Adama Traore (4 Premier League goals + 2 Europa League goals) – Speedy and powerful winger that can cause havoc for defenders. He has not scored since February however is very difficult to stop, so much so that oil had was applied to his arms against Olympiacos to prevent the Greek side from grabbing or pulling him.
Sevilla Top Goalscorers
- Lucas Ocampos (14 La Liga goals) – The Argentine wingers move to Spain from Marseille has been a great one. The 26-year-old set up the second goal in the last match, which was only his fourth Europa League appearance this season, and could cause Wolves some serious problems from either wing.
- Munir El Haddadi (5 La Liga goals + 5 Europa League goals) – A former Barcelona man who is still only 24-years-old and can play anywhere across the frontline. All of his Europa League goals came in November or earlier, with his last goal scored on July 9th.
- Sevilla finished the 2019/20 Liga season in fourth place, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League group stage for the sixth time.
- Wolves came seventh in the 2019/20 Premier League, missing out on a place in next season’s UEFA Europa League because of eighth-placed Arsenal’s victory against Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
- Wolves were among six UEFA Europa League group stage debutants this season and are the only one still involved in the competition.
- Nuno and his Sevilla counterpart Julen Lopetegui are both former head coaches of Porto; neither won any trophies with the club.
These sides are meeting for the first time. Wolves have already played Spanish opposition this season in the form of Espanyol. Sevilla are strong against English opponents.
In recent years, they have defeated Manchester United over two-legs and defeated Liverpool in the 2016 Europa League Final 3-1.
Sam’s Betting Tips
These sides are often more of a threat in the second half, and I expect a tight game going into half time. First Half Result Draw is 19/20* with Mark Jarvis.
As mentioned above, I expect the scoring to open in the second half and second half most goals is 11/10* with Mark Jarvis.
Sevilla’s win against Roma really impressed me and they know how to beat the biggest sides in this competition. The Spaniards to win in 90 minutes and there be Under 3.5 Goals is 13/8* with Mark Jarvis.
*Odds as of the time of writing (Monday 10th August 2020) and subject to change
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