Thursday 17/03/2016, 21:00, Europa League, Last 16
Sevilla vs Basel Preview
Sevilla didn't win the first leg against Basel and failed to score a single goal in Switzerland, but this is not exactly a surprise. Despite their stellar performance at home, they are incapable of winning on the road and the fans are now hoping for a better result in Spain. Basel on the other hand can consider himself lucky to keep a clean sheet at home, knowing that a goal scored on the road will mean a great deal now.
Sevilla vs Basel Odds
Sevilla 1.45, Draw 4.50, Basel 6.50
Sevilla vs Basel Tips
Sevilla is unlikely to secure a Champions League berth at the end of the season, because they sit in the fifth-place and there are plenty of points to recuperate. On the other hand, they are well-positioned to win the Europa League once again, a trophy that they played many times in the last couple of years.
Spanish teams in general take this European competitions seriously and Sevilla is by far the most successful of them all. The scoreless draw recorded on the road gives them plenty of reasons to be optimistic about what the future will bring, since they are so successful at home. On the other hand, the Spanish side should be a bit concerned by the fact that their goal production has slowed down greatly.
Sevilla won a single match in the last month and had to settle for three draws in the last six games, while losing twice. They exercise constant pressure on visiting teams, but they failed to convert goal scoring opportunities and usually settle for narrow margin victories.
Basel has the advantage of leading the other teams by a comfortable margin, with a 14 points advantage over Young Boys. They couldn't care less about what happens over the weekend and can afford to rest players specifically to have them fit for Europa League. The Swiss team will give everything his got a, hoping to secure qualification to the quarterfinals.
- Basel lost a single match in two months and that was a narrow margin victory against St. Etienne.
- The two teams met just once, two weeks ago and neither of them scored a goal.
Sevilla vs Basel Prediction
Sevilla has been so successful in Europa league that punters are inclined to bet on them regardless of opponent, especially when they had home pitch advantage. Granted they are favorites to win and are very likely to advance the next stage, recent performance is far from encouraging. The odds are not spectacular either, so punters would be wise to back the underdogs on this occasion, while taking the safety net of an Asian handicap. Trust Basel not to lose by two goals or more and take the odds of 1.60 from Totepool
Bet: Basel +1.5 goals @ 1.60 with Totepool