Seeley’s Selections – Europa League Final
Dnipro v Sevilla
It’s a big night of European football on Wednesday with the final of this year’s Europa League between Sevilla and Dnipro live on ITV from Warsaw.
Sevilla are very short priced favourites with BoyleSports at 1/4 to lift an incredible fourth Europa League in the last 11 years and emulate what they did in 2006-2007 with back-to-back success.
The Spaniards missed out on Champions League football by just one point through their final La Liga standing, but success in this match will see them land a spot with Europe’s elite next term with the winners for the first time in the tournaments history given a spot in next season’s Champions League.
Sevilla ended their season in fine fettle with just one defeat from their last 21 games and that was a very fortunate 3-2 success for Real Madrid in the south of Spain – they arrive here in Poland brimming with confidence.
Unai Emery’s side will be a very popular bet in this one to win in 90-minutes – 4/7 with BoyleSports – which would be a disaster for the layers as nobody will be backing Dnipro for the match.
I really don’t think this will be as straight forward as many are predicting. I believe this is going to be very close with a massive clash of two footballing styles on display.
The Ukrainians have performed a minor miracle just to get to the final and if they win the trophy it’s up there with some of the biggest, if not THE biggest, shock in European football history.
They are a massive 13/5 with BoyleSports to lift a European trophy for the first time in their history which is possible, but there really is no chance that they can win it in 90-minutes, an 11/2 shot.
The game-plan for Myron Markevych side will be to do what they’ve done in every match in this competition: put 10 men behind the ball and frustrate the life out of their more illustrious opponents.
It may not be pretty but sometimes it can work as Greece showed in the European Championships and Chelsea did in their Champions League success.
It worked a treat in the semi-final against Real Madrid-bound Rafa Benítez’s Napoli side, but over a possible 120 minutes I just can’t see it against the Andaluscians.
That’s why I like the draw in this one at what does look a very big 13/5 with BoyleSports, especially with Sevilla expected to be more cagey than normal with it being a final.
Being a Dnipro fan this season would have given you the best year of your life, but they’re not the most exciting of sides.
Nine of their last 10 matches have featured less then 2.5 goals and in the Europa League eight of the last 10 have done the same.
At 7/10 with BoyleSports that is the best bet to have in this match.
One goal will win this, if we get one, and I also like the both teams to score “no” at the 7/10 again with BoyleSports. No goalscorer is at a massive 15/2, which has been a winner on numerous occasions in Dnipro’s cup run.
I do believe that Sevilla’s extra class will eventually shine through in the end and I also like the 17/2 available with BoyleSports for the Spaniards to win in extra-time.
Under 2.5 Goals @ 7/10
Both Teams To Score – No @ 7/10
No Goalscorer @ 15/2
Sevilla To Win In Extra-Time @ 17/2