Seville and Benfica will meet on Wednesday in Turin, Italy, in the final of the Europa league, as we bring you the latest live streaming schedule and match preview (KO 19:45).
Portuguese side Benfica will have a slight advantage over their rivals. Jorge Jesus’ side played at the venue in their semi-final against Juventus holding out for a 0-0 draw which was enough to secure their place in the final following a 2-1 first leg win.
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The club will be without Enzo Perez after he was sent off against Juventus while Eduardo Salvio is also suspended. Silvio misses out with a knee injury while Ljubomir Fejsa is a doubt with a foot problem.
A victory for Benfica would see them claim the treble following their league and league cup success and with a Portuguese Cup final against Rio Ave looming large the chance of a historic quadruple is on the cards, not that their manager is taking anything for granted.
“I think neither side will go into the final as favourites – we both have a 50/50 chance of winning,” Jesus told uefa.com. “You have to be really good to reach a final, and I have a great deal of respect for this Sevilla side who will compete in the final with us. They have every right to win this competition outright.”
Benfica has lost each of their last seven finals in European competition, their most recent defeat coming at the hands of Chelsea last year when Branislav Ivanovic scored in injury time.
However they will fancy their chances of success this time round after becoming the first to reach a Europa League final without losing a game, having won six and drawn two of their eight games since dropping into the competition from the Champions League
Seville meanwhile won’t be overshadowed by the success of their opponents. The club, currently 5th in La Liga, secured their place in the final when they scored in the 4th minute of injury time against Valencia.
A 2-0 win in the first leg was over-turned as Valencia went into a 3-0 lead however Stephen M’Bia late goal secured their spot in the final.
One of the stars of Seville’s season has been Ivan Rakitic and the Croatia star believe that Benfica’s failure to beat Chelsea last season in the final could play into the Spanish side’s hands.
“Benfica may have more experience but they are not favourites,” he told Kicker magazine. “They lost the final of the Europa League last year and we must press them, make them nervous.”
Rakitic has his team-mates will have to win without Denis Cheryshev, Vitolo and Sebastian Cristoforo while Jairo Samperio is suspended.