West Ham United vs Sevilla predictions and match preview for Thursday’s UEFA Europa League fixture. Read on for analysis as the Andalusians bid to defend a one goal advantage in East London.
|Thursday 17th March 2022
|20:00 (local time)
|UEFA Europa League Last 16, 2nd Leg
West Ham United vs Sevilla Preview
It’s all to play for in the Europa League last 16 2nd Leg this week as Sevilla travel to London to take on West Ham. Julen Lopetegui’s side have a 1-0 advantage from the 1st Leg thanks to Munir’s goal but will know that it will be tougher on Thursday with David Moyes’ Hammers strong on home soil.
Sevilla will feel as though they were good value for their 1st Leg win and they can take confidence from their outstanding record in this competition, as well as the fact that they’ve never lost to English opposition in it. This will be a real test but it’s becoming increasingly clear that the prospect of a Final in their own stadium is the primary motivating factor for Sevilla this season with their hopes of a league title fading fast.
Draws in 6 of their last 8 games in LaLiga appear to have put pay to those aspirations. The latest was a 1-1 draw against a badly out of form Rayo Vallecano on Sunday. Their ability to avoid defeat is at least a positive sign heading into this tie as they defend a goal advantage. Sevilla haven’t been beaten by more than a single goal all season in any competition which doesn’t bode well for West Ham’s chances of mounting a comeback but the Andalusians have struggled away in Europe, failing to win any of their four European road games this term, none of which have been against truly elite opposition.
West Ham have their own distractions as they challenge for European qualification again via the Premier League. They are currently 6th after recording a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at the weekend in a tight game which saw Ukrainian international Andriy Yarmolenko come off the bench and score the decisive opening goal.
The result ended a three game losing streak for West Ham but they’ll need to produce a big performance here. They did have chances to get on the scoresheet in Seville but couldn’t make them count and this will be a test of their creative abilities. The East London side are a physical outfit but Sevilla will give as good as they get in that regard and it could take a moment of individual quality from a player on either team to open this up.
Head to Head
- The clubs met for the first time last week with Sevilla ending up 1-0 winners.
West Ham United vs Sevilla Predictions
Score Prediction: West Ham United 1-1 Sevilla (Aggregate: 1-2)
There’s not a great deal to choose between the teams here and West Ham will be hoping that home advantage can tilt things in their favour second time around. However Sevilla are an experienced European outfit and certainly won’t fear the task of going away to Premier League opposition in need of a result to seal progress. The Andalusians may just edge through but it should be a very competitive game.
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