Thursday, May 1, 2014

Valencia vs Sevilla Europa League May 1, 2014

Valencia vs Sevilla - Competition: UEFA Europa League
Match date: 1 May 2014 - Kick Off Time: 20:05 GMT
Venue: Mestalla, Spain 

Valencia again has to deal with a difficult situation in the Europa League. Just as the first leg of the quarter-finals, when they lost 0:3 to Basel FC , they again need to comeback. This time they lost 0:2 in the first leg, one week ago in Sevilla. At least it seems slightly better than the 0:3 against FC Basel. They need 2 goals to equalize the score and get in overtime. Against Basel they managed to win 3:0 after the regular time and scored another two times in the overtime. It is not going to be easy again. Sevilla is quite strong and performs quite well in this Euro League season. Valencia also performed well so far, but had some difficulties in the last games. Two out of the last three games in the Euro League were lost. Before that, they had a series of nine games without a loss. In their home stadium they only lost once, on the first match day in the Euro League against Swansea City. Maybe a late Easter miracle is possible. Wouldn’t be the first comeback after almost nobody counted on them.
Sevilla stands with one foot in the Euro League Finals of the season 2013/14. The final will be in Turin, Italy, and the possible opponent could be Benfica Lissabon. At least if you look at the first leg of the other semi-final. Benfica won against Juventus Turin with 2:1. Juventus will definitely try to get to the final at home however.
Sevilla was able to win without receiving a goal, 2:0. Sounds like the perfect result in a  first leg. But nothing is sure at this moment. Not for Benfica and not for Sevilla. A lot can happen in the second leg. Especially against a team that turned around a 0:3 against the FC Basel. Playing the second league away is not an advantage and more difficult than performing at home. Sevilla lost their last away game in the quarter final against Porto with 0:1. At home they could beat Porto 4:1 then and went to the semi-finals.  It was their first loss in this Euro League season playing on the road. Before that, they won three times and drew twice. They know Valencia quite well and will find a way to reach the final.

Valencia last 5 matches:
10/04/14 Valencia 5 – 0 Basel
13/04/14 Valencia 2 – 1 Elche
19/04/14 Osasuna 1 – 1 Valencia
24/04/14 Sevilla 2 – 0 Valencia
27/04/14 Valencia 0 – 1 Atlético Madrid

Sevilla last 5 matches:
10/04/14 Sevilla 4 – 1 Porto
13/04/14 Real Betis 0 – 2 Sevilla
20/04/14 Sevilla 4 – 0 Granada
24/04/14 Sevilla 2 – 0 Valencia
27/04/14 Athletic Club 3 – 1 Sevilla 

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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