Defending champions Sevilla prepare to battle it out against Russian side Zenit at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in midweek and the Spanish giants will have to play very well in order to retain their crown.
Sevilla Match Betting News
Sevilla have as usual, performed wonderfully well in the Europa League this season as well and it would take a brave man to bet against Unai Emery’s side to reclaim the title once again.
However nothing is a given – especially in an unpredictable competition such as the Europa League and the Spanish side will have to be very focused as they are presented with a tricky encounter against Russian giant Zenit St. Petersburg in the quarter final.
Sevilla are currently on a ten match unbeaten streak but the clash against Zenit on Thursday promises to be a very difficult encounter.
Zenit St. Petersburg Match Betting News
Zenit have been turned into a fantastically well drilled side under Andre Villas Boas and after having occupied top spot in the Russian Premier League for the majority of the season, the Portuguese manager will be looking to make a mark in Europe as well.
Zenit are dark horses to claim the Europa League title this season and they will be handed a great opportunity to prove their credentials as potential winners by squaring off against defending champions Sevilla.
The clash against Sevilla poses a daunting task for Zenit but if they are able to dethrone the champions, it will serve as a major boost to the Russian side’s hopes of claiming the crown for themselves.
Sevilla vs Zenit St. Petersburg Match Prediction
The two teams look very well matched heading into the clash but Sevilla have to be considered favourites to claim a victory in the first leg.
Sevilla are currently on a fine run of seven consecutive victories at home while Zenit do not boast the best of records against Spanish sides, winning only 2 of their last 14 encounters.
Admittedly past record will count for little during the clash but Sevilla enjoy a love affair with the Europa League and one should expect the Spaniards to establish a lead during the first leg.
Match Betting Tip: Sevilla to win @1.66 at Bet365