Europa League Semifinals 2nd legs. Betting tips and match previews of Sevilla-Shakhtar and Liverpool-Villareal.
SEVILLA - SHAKHTAR DONETSK
- Kevin Gameiro's fifth goal in the current Europa League gave Sevilla a very fought 2-2 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in the 1st-leg last Thursday. Sevilla are now favourite to progress to the Final for the 3rd year in a row.
- Sevilla has a great home trend both in The Liga and Europa League but they were beaten 2-1 by Athletic Club at Sanchez Pizjuan in the previous round. Aside from that, they have won all their last 9 matches played on home soil in Europe, conceding just 3 goals.
- Shakhtar's away form has got better since 2009/2010 season when Europa League was rebranded. They have won 6 of 9 away matches since then, although their opponents have been modest teams. Both teams tend to score a lot and indeed both have scored at least 2 goals in each of their 3 previous meetings and other goals are expected on Thursday.
HOME WIN (1.70, Matchbook)
SEVILLA DOUBLE CHANCE + OVER 1.5 (1.50, Matchbook)
POSSIBLE SCORE: 3-1
LIVERPOOL - VILLAREAL
- The 1-0 win in Spain on last week gave Villarreal a big advantage, since Liverpool can not count on the away goal and we all know the importance to score when playing away in International competitions. Spanish side come into this decisive clash in good form having kept a clean sheet in each of their last 3 matches in all competitions. The win in the 1st leg was the first victory after 11 matches vs English teams.
- Liverpool have only won 4 of the 15 matches they have hosted at Anfield against Spanish opponents.
- Jurgen Klopp's men haven't lost at Anfield since January and have scored 4 goals in 3 of their last 4 home matches in all competitions. Villarreal, meanwhile, have only lost 3 of their last 12 away matches, although their tendency to draw is quite high (6 draws).
- Failing to get an away goal could reveal to be a very big lack for The Reds on Thursday, but we are confident that home team will end the match with a positive result.
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