West Ham vs Sevilla Prediction: Europa League Match on 17.03.2022
West Ham will have it all to do on Thursday when they host Sevilla for the second leg of their round-of-16 tie at 21:00 GMT as they try to overturn the 1-0 defeat in the first leg of the tie held in Spain.
Can West Ham Turn the Tie Around at Home?
David Moyes’ side are trailing in this tie after the 1-0 reverse in Spain. They will be looking to bounce back against Sevilla as they seek to overturn this result and progress to the Quarter-finals.
West Ham will need the right balance between solidity and attacking threat. The first leg result means that the Hammers will have to outscore their opponents to stand a chance to progress to the next round.
A draw will favour the Spanish club; Moyes will have to set his team up to attack more while minding a sucker punch that might make their task even harder.
Can Sevilla Put Pressure on West Ham to Qualify for the Quarter Finals?
Sevilla did their job in the first leg with a 1-0 win that sees them in charge of the tie at this point. However, the Londoners cannot be counted out of this tie.
Julen Lopetegui’s side faces the dilemma between hunkering down and protecting their advantage in the return leg or going all out to attack and expand their lead. Both approaches pose considerable risks.
Sevilla are on a five-match unbeaten run in La Liga although they have drawn their last two matches. They will be hoping that their resoluteness will be crucial when they face West Ham on Thursday in London.
In their domestic form, West Ham’s form has dropped, which has seen them lose ground in the chance for a top-four berth. The Hammers have won two out of their last five rounds of fixtures; they have also drawn two and lost one in this run.
In the Europa League, West Ham have played seven matches this campaign; they have won four times, drawn once, and lost twice.
Moyes’ side have notched 11 goals while conceding four. They have averaged 52 percent possession while keeping four clean sheets in the process.
Domestically, Sevilla are the closest side to La Liga league leaders Real Madrid. However, a series of draws, including the last two fixtures in the league, have hampered their ability to mount a serious title charge.
In the Europa League campaign, Lopetegui’s side have played three matches after dropping down from the Champions League tournament. They have won twice and lost once in this run.
In the process, Sevilla have scored four goals and conceded twice. They have averaged 58.67 percent possession and kept one clean sheet.
David Moyes is still without experienced center-back Angelo Ogbonna. The 33-year-old is recovering from a ruptured cruciate ligament and is expected to be back in action from July 31st, 2022.
Otherwise, Moyes will have the rest of his squad fit and available for selection ahead of the clash with Sevilla.
Julen Lopetegui has a number of players unavailable and doubtful for selection ahead of the West Ham clash in London.
Right-winger Suso is a long-term absentee for Sevilla since December 9th, 2022. The 28-year-old is recovering from an ankle injury.
The situation for Sevilla is worsened by the absences that injuries or fitness issues have not been clarified. For example, Karim Rekik, Fernando, Diego Carlos, Papu Gomez, and Gonzalo Montiel, are all unavailable or doubts for the clash with West Ham.
Possible Starting Lineups
Fabianski; B. Johnson, C. Dawson, K. Zouma, A. Cresswell; T. Soucek, D. Rice; P. Fornals, M. Lanzini, S. Benrahma, M. Antonio
Bono; L. Augustinsson, N. Gudelj, J. Kounde, J. Navas; T. Delaney, I. Rakitic; Munir, Oliver, L. Ocampos; R. Mir
Players to Watch
The striker will be central to West Ham’s approach against Sevilla. His physical presence, hard running, and pace, will be crucial for the Hammers to open up Sevilla On Thursday.
Up against Declan Rice and Soucek, Delaney will be crucial in controlling the midfield and giving Sevilla the platform they need to win the match.
Sevilla will control possession in this match. West Ham will remain solid and compact, and they will look to hit on the counter.
A draw is the favored result for this match with Sevilla progressing to the quarter-finals.
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