SEVILLA were my tip to win the Europa League from early on and they’ll reach another final tonight.
Since the UEFA Cup changed name the Spaniards have won the tournament three times – and they love it more than the oranges they grow.
Last week’s 3-0 semi-final win against Fiorentina means they’re virtually through and bookies know it – offering no bigger than 1-40.
The Italians are a best 20-1 at bet365 to complete a miraculous turnaround but like Bayern Munich on Tuesday night they have no chance.
Sevilla aren’t taking the tie lightly though and rested seven players for a weekend draw at Celta Vigo that hurt their chances of qualifying for the Champions League through their La Liga position.
But with a CL spot up for grabs to the Europa League winners they have a second bite at the cherry. Picking a result on the night isn’t easy because like Barcelona the visitors can lose or draw and qualify.
Sevilla have won all but one of their Europa League knockout games this term and have scored at least twice in six of those seven matches.
So Unai Emery’s men could be worth a look at 13-10 with Ladbrokes to win on the night and I’m sure they won’t lose so consider Sevilla draw no bet at 5-4 with BetVictor.
Vincenzo Montella’s men created chances in Spain and will push forward so best bets have to be both to score at 3-5 with Ladbrokes and over 2.5 goals at 7-10 with BetVictor. If there’s an early goal – like there was in Munich – this could go over 3.5 at 2-1 with William Hill.
Star striker Carlos Bacca was one of those left out in Vigo and he’ll start tonight. Consider him at 2-1 at Betfred to net at any time.
The other semi-final is finely balanced after Dnipro’s late leveller away to Napoli. A 1-1 draw gives the Ukrainians a slight edge but strangely they’re not the favourites.
Dnipro will be roared on by 70,000 raucous fans and haven’t conceded a goal in four ties but are as big as 13-8 at Paddy Power to qualify.
Napoli are 8-15 at Skybet and I can’t have them at that price. Anyone believing in Rafael Benitez’s men would be better considering them to win on the night at 1-1 with sportingbet.
Dnipro are 7-2 with bet365 which looks big for anyone who fancies them.
I’m struggling to call but if Napoli can get the best out of players such as Gonzalo Higuain, Marek Hamsik and Jose Callejon they’ll have a chance. Higuain could be worth a look at 6-4 with Coral to score.
Sevilla draw no bet
Fiorentina v Sevilla over 3.5 goals
(2-1, William Hill)
Higuain to score
|Racebets||Get 100/1 ANY horse in the Grand National. Use code GN1001 when you join Racebets. (New customers)||CLAIM OFFER|
|William Hill||Bet £10 on the Grand National, get a £5 free bet. (New customers)||CLAIM OFFER|
|Coral||Money back if your horse falls in the Grand National. Max refund £25. (All customers)||CLAIM OFFER|
|Paddy Power||2 Up - You win! Paddy Power will pay you as a winner straight away if your team goes 2 goals up at any stage in the game. Ends Jan 9th.||CLAIM OFFER|
|Racebets||Use code WELCOME for up to £50 matched bonus when you join Racebets.||CLAIM OFFER|
|Marathonbet||Get a £20 matched bonus when you open a new account at Marathonbet. Use code TV20||CLAIM OFFER|
|Coral||Opt in to Coral's Bet & Get Club and receive a free £5 bet each week.||CLAIM OFFER|
|BetVictor||Bet £10 Get £60 when you open a new account at BetVictor.||CLAIM OFFER|