Sevilla face Inter Milan in the UEFA Europa League Final of 2020/21. The match will take place at Stadion Köln in Cologne, Germany. This will be Sevilla’s sixth final, with a 100% success rate in the final to date. Their last appearance in the final was the 3-1 win over Liverpool in 2016.
This will be Inter’s fifth final appearance, with only Sevilla appearing in and winning more. Inter are three-time winners, with their only defeat coming against Schalke in 1997 in the last ever two-legged final. Inter returned the following year to set the record straight, defeating fellow Italian side Lazio. Ronaldo Fenômeno got on the scoresheet for Inter that night.
2020/21 Europa League Final Preview: Sevilla’s Performance Graph
It is clear the deeper Sevilla get into the competition, the more their dominance from the group stages has receded. They were almost entirely dominated by United and were saved numerous times by goalkeeper Yassine Bounou
A mixture of being ruthless with the chances that came their way and a heroic effort at the back, saw them through to the final. They will likely need similar heroics if they are to have any chance against Inter on Friday.
2020/21 Europa League Final Preview: Inter’s Performance Graph
The 5-0 scoreline against Shakhtar perhaps flattered Inter Milan. The game was rather quiet until the floodgates opened when Inter scored their second goal. In fact, there were many neutrals online complaining on the lack of flair and big chances in the game before then.
The feeling after the game was that rather than dominate as the scoreline suggested, Inter were effective at neutralising Shakhtar and ruthless in finishing the chances from the mistakes the Ukrainians made at the back.
2020/21 Europa League Final Preview: Sevilla’s Key Players
Munir El Haddadi is the top-scorer for Sevilla in the Europa League this season. The twenty-three-year-old forward has five goals in eight games. However, his xG of 2.9 suggests he has perhaps been very fortunate to have scored this many. In addition, all five of his goals were scored against Qarabağ and Dudelange in the group stages.
Éver Banega is their main creative force. The thirty-one-year-old midfielder has two assists in six games. This will be his final match for Sevilla before moving to Al Shabab in Saudi Arabia.
Moanes Dabour will also need close attention from the Inter defence. The twenty-seven-year-old forward averages 1.35 goal involvements per 90 for Sevilla in the Europa League this season. This is a result of his three goals and two assists in 332 minutes of football.
Lucas Ocampos hasn’t really got going in this competition in the same way he has La Liga this season. The twenty-five-year-old forward averages 0.36 goal involvements per 90 for Sevilla in the Europa League this season. This is a result of his one goal and one assist in 491 minutes of football.
Although, given the heavy strapping on his knee against United, and his clear frustration with himself when he was withdrawn, it is possible he may not be fit enough to start here.
2020/21 Europa League Final Preview: Inter’s Key Players
Romelu Lukaku is the top-scorer for Inter in the Europa League this season. The twenty-seven-year-old forward has six goals in five games. However, his xG of 4.1 suggests he has perhaps been a little fortunate to have scored this many. Lukaku also has the most assists for Inter, with two.
Christian Eriksen is their main creative force. The twenty-seven-year-old playmaker only has one assist in this competition. However, he will still be the player Inter look to in midfield to find spaces between the lines and thread balls forward to Martinez and Lukaku.
Lautaro Martínez will also need close attention from the Sevilla defence. The twenty-one-year-old forward averages 0.98 goal involvements per 90 for Inter in the Europa League this season. This is a result of his two goals and an assist in 275 minutes of football.
Alexis Sánchez looks like another dangerman from the bench for Inter. The thirty-year-old forward averages 0.63 expected goal involvement per 90 in this competition. Although, he has yet to turn that into end product, having failed to score or create a goal in the competition so far.
Highlights of Sevilla’s last match
Highlights of Inter’s last match
CraqueStats Predicts: Sevilla 1 – 2 Inter (AET)
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