Sevilla host Shakhtar Donetsk at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in the second leg of the Europa League semifinals. The first match at Lviv Arena ended in 2:2 draw and now there are almost no doubts Unai Emery will be Europa League finalist for the third time in a row.
Notably, Emery relied almost solely on the B team players on the La Liga 36 matchday in the game against Espanyol. As a result, Sevilla were beaten 0:1. This way, Emery proved that he considers Europa League campaign more important than La Liga’s one. We should say, it wasn’t the first time he did it. On top of that, Sevilla try to focus on the eurocups only for a very good reason. Victory in the competition will not only let them grab the third consecutive trophy, but also qualify automatically to the Champions League group stage. We should say Sevilla are currently 7th in the Primera, falling 12 points behind 4th Villarreal which makes it impossible for them to qualify to the Champions League though national league. So Europa League is their only chance.
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Shakhtar Donetsk showed quite quality performance in the first leg of the semifinals, yet they failed to win. This way it will be way harder now to proceed to the final of the competition. Lucescu’s side will need only victory to advance to the final. Moreover, the game can be also ended in 2:2 draw and then the two teams will have to play overtime. Remarkably, Shakhtar won all of their away games in the Europa League playoffs this season.
The visitors are solid on the road, however, Sevilla built a fortress at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. This season they even beat Barcelona and Real Madrid here. Surely Shakhtar will do all their can to proceed to the next round, but it will be nearly impossible for them to cope with dangerous Sevilla. They did not face that serious opponent this year.
Prediction: Sevilla to win.