Sevilla vs Athletic Club predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the Basques target European qualification.
|Date||Sunday 22nd May 2022|
|Kick-Off||22:00 (local time)|
Sevilla vs Athletic Club Preview
Athletic Club travel to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan hoping to clinch European qualification on the final weekend. They need to better Villarreal’s result at Camp Nou and if they do that then it will be Conference League football in 2022/23 for the Basque giants.
This had the potential of being a real pressure game for Sevilla too but they equalised late on at the Wanda Metropolitano last weekend through Youssef En-Nesyri to secure Champions League qualification. The objective now will be 3rd place which should provide some motivation although they will need Atletico to slip up in Donostia to stand a chance of getting that.
This game may well mark the end of an era at Sevilla with key men such as Jules Kounde and Diego Carlos potentially heading for big money summer moves. There is also speculation that coach Julen Lopetegui may leave the club after this game. Despite a third straight top four finish, there are certainly some Sevilla fans who wouldn’t be too distraught to see that happen and neither Lopetegui nor Sporting Director Monchi have outright confirmed that he will stay in charge beyond this season.
Marcelino’s future at Athletic is also the source of some debate. His continuation would appear more likely were he to secure European football here and while the Conference League is still in its infancy, reaching it would still feel like a significant achievement for a big club that has been starved of any European action in recent years.
Goals from Asier Villalibre and Alex Berenguer helped see off Osasuna 2-0 at San Mames last weekend to ensure Athletic remained in touching distance of 7th heading into the final weekend. However they haven’t been the most convincing of travellers this season. While they’ve often been tough to beat, a return of just 21 points from 18 road games isn’t particularly impressive and they’ve again been largely reliant on their home results to keep them in the hunt for European qualification.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Sevilla Wins, 2 Athletic Wins, 1 Draw.
- Sevilla won 1-0 in Bilbao earlier this term.
- However Athletic won this fixture 1-0 last season.
- They’ve avoided defeat on 3 of their last 4 trips to the Sanchez-Pizjuan.
|Athletic Club||Sancet||Raul Garcia, Nico Williams|
Possible Lineups (via SofaScore)
Sevilla vs Athletic Club Predictions
Score Prediction: Sevilla 1-1 Athletic Club
Sevilla really have tailed off badly in the second half of the season and while they’ve managed to grind out enough points to finish in the top four, they aren’t really operating on the kind of level you’d expect of a UCL-bound side. Athletic have every chance here to pip Villarreal to that Conference League spot but this is not an easy place to come and win with a draw seeming the more likely outcome.
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