One of the biggest fixtures of the round of 16 stage in the Europa League will see AS Roma take on Sevilla. It will be winner takes all between these two sides, as this will be one of the games that is contested over just one leg.
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This should be a thrilling fixture between two sides that could be considered as leading chances in the Europa League this season. There is no doubting the pedigree that Sevilla have in this competition, as they have won the Europa League on three occasions in the previous ten seasons. Meanwhile, AS Roma will be looking for a first piece of silverware in 12 years.
Both sides ended their domestic seasons in excellent form, as they achieved their targets for the season. Sevilla went on a 15-match unbeaten streak in La Liga to earn their place in the Champions League next season by finishing fourth. During that run, they also won five of their last six games of the La Liga season. They have also kept three clean sheets in a row, which highlights how big of a challenge this is for Roma.
Roma were tasked with trying to finish in a Europa League place this season, and their run of form at the end of the season enabled them to secure fifth place; above both AC Milan and Napoli. Their run of form towards the end of the season was superb, as they won seven of their last eight games. They also ended the campaign with four straight wins, with the last of those coming against Juventus on the final day of the season. Roma scored 14 goals in these four games, and Sevilla will be wary of the attacking threat that is posed by the Serie A side.
Sevilla vs AS Roma Team News
Sevilla will be missing Fernando and Tomas Vaclik for this tricky assignment against AS Roma. Meanwhile, the Italian side will be without Antonio Mirante. Chris Smalling has also been left out of their Europa League squad as there are questions revolving around the Englishman’s future.
Sevilla vs AS Roma Prediction
This tie could go either way, as Sevilla and Roma are very evenly matched. However, given the pedigree that Sevilla have shown in the Europa League in the past, they would be the preference to get the win.
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