Sevilla were denied victory in Turin but have home advantage for Thursday’s Europa League second leg.
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Leaving It Late
Juventus may have been happy with a late draw last week but with a trip to Sevilla awaiting them, the hard work is still to be done.
The Difficult Task
What was a season that looked like it could end in disaster, is suddenly looking as if it may be a season that ends with success for Sevilla. The Andalusian outfit have been on something of a rollercoaster these past few months and are not wanting the ride to stop just yet.
With their very genuine La Liga relegation fears now being quelled for good; their focus is fully on winning the current edition of the Europa League. Not simply because it would strengthen their bond with the competition but because of the additional prize that comes with it.
Sevilla are usually a team that operates within the top four of La Liga’s final standings. With that comes entry into the Champions League at the beginning of the campaign and a drop down into the Europa League at the turn of the year.
However, the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium are nowhere near the top four this time around and if they are to mix it with Europe’s elite for at least a couple of months, then it is very much Europa League or bust.
While it is Juventus who will serve as the dealer at football’s version of the casino and after being held to a 1-1 draw in Turin, it is fair to say that manager Max Allegri is going to need an ace up his sleeve.
An ace that is not going to be in the shape of Paul Pogba. The former Manchester United star played an integral part in Juventus’ late equaliser in last Thursday’s semi-final first leg, but he would also limp off against Cremonese at the weekend.
Pogba’s first competitive start since 2022 was one that only lasted 24 minutes and although the French midfielder is not necessarily integral to Allegri’s plans on Thursday, a fit and raring to go version of the 30-year-old would certainly have helped.
His teammates would go on to earn a 2-0 win at home to Cremonese and that victory means the Old Lady of Turin is just one win away from securing automatic qualification to next season’s Champions League.
The stakes are not as high for Thursday’s visitors but who is going to turn down the chance at European silverware. Not Juventus and after being the dominant force in Serie A in so long, this could be the first step towards regaining their status as the kings of Italy.
But now it is time for the first of my two tips and with nothing to split these two teams in the first leg, I have a feeling that supremacy will not be found by either outfit. There will be goals but no winner in 90 minutes and this means the draw and both teams to score is priced at 10/3.
With a second successive stalemate subsequently unlocking extra-time, 30 additional minutes usually lead to penalties thereafter and with home advantage and the roar of their Sevilla’s support being so important, I am also backing victory from 12 yards at odds of 9/1.
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