There isn’t a side more successful in the Europa League than Sevilla, and they will be hoping for a seventh victory this season. However, they need to first negotiate the playoff round, as they come up against Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb.
Europa League Preview
The 2019-20 Europa League champions once again find themselves in the competition after failing to make it through the Champions League group stages. Many saw this season as their golden opportunity to reach the next round of the competition, but eventually finished third in the wide open Group G.
There would certainly be disappointment that Sevilla weren’t able to make it through the group stages, as they were drawn alongside Wolfsburg, Lille and Salzburg. However, a third-place finish means that they can once again set on a path to dominant the Europa League for a seventh time in their history.
The La Liga side won just once in six games in the Champions League in the first half of the campaign. They scored only five goals and allowed five goals, as they picked up just six points. Their only victory came at home against Wolfsburg.
Dinamo Zagreb will not be an easy opponent for the La Liga giants this week, as they have impressed in the Europa League this season. They won three from six group stage games in Group H, which included an away victory against group winners West Ham United.
They conceded just six goals in the group stages, and that strong defensive record will certainly be put to the test against a strong Sevilla attacking line-up this week. But, confidence will be high that they could cause a shock result, given that they have won their last ten in all competitions. Their last defeat came back at the beginning of December against Hajduk Split.
Sevilla vs Dinamo Zagreb Head to Head
Sevilla and Dinamo Zagreb have met on two previous occasions. Both fixtures came in the 2016-17 Champions League group stages, with Sevilla winning their home game 4-0, and winning on the road 1-0.
Sevilla vs Dinamo Zagreb Prediction
Dinamo Zagreb may boast an impressive two-month unbeaten run, but this is a huge challenge against a side that have been extremely dominant in this competition. It may be a cagey fixture, but we struggle to see past Sevilla getting the victory that they need to put one foot in the next round.
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