Sevilla hosts Dinamo Zagreb in the first leg of the Europa League 1/16 finals. The match will be played on Thursday, February 17th at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán (Sevilla)
Sevilla played in the group stage of the Champions League, but it could not get into the playoffs of the tournament, taking only third place. As a result, the Red-Whites again got the opportunity to compete for the Europa League Cup. I remind you that they won this trophy once again in the previous season! As for performances in the Champions League, the Sevillians gained only one victory and three draws and suffered two defeats. Five out of six games ended with Under 2.5 goals scored. The Andalusians scored and conceded five goals. Sevilla can boast of excellent home results in the Europa League. In the previous 15 games, the team has not suffered a single defeat: 13 victories and two draws. Before the match against Dinamo Zagreb, Sevilla hosted Elche in LaLiga and won 2-0.
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In autumn, Dinamo Zagreb played in the group stage of the Europa League. The Blues took second place (ten points in six games), letting West Ham take the lead. It is noteworthy that in the 6th round, Zeljko Kopic’s men were stronger than the Hammers in London (0-1). In general, Dinamo has already played 14 matches in this European campaign (at different stages of the Champions League and the Europa League). They ended with the following results: seven victories, three losses, and four draws. And the Blues failed to score in only two of those games. Their last ten away matches in the Europa League ended in five victories, one draw, and four defeats. At least one side didn’t score in seven games.
In the 2016/2017 season, Sevilla and Dinamo Zagreb crossed paths in the group stage of the Champions League. The Red-Whites confidently won at home (4-0). In Zagreb, the Croats put up a very serious resistance but lost with a score of 0-2. With all due respect to the Blues, they have no chance in this confrontation against Sevilla. The Red-Whites are currently the second team in Spain. I think this speaks volumes about their strength. In addition, as I have already noted, the Sevillians have historically performed very well at home in the Europa League (22 wins in the previous 25 matches). Most likely, Sevilla will try to ensure a good handicap in the first match. I look forward to a confident victory from the hosts.