Prediction and odds for the game: West Ham (6/5) vs Sevilla (12/5)
We are backing the draw at odds of 23/10
When: Thursday 17 March 2022, Kick-off 20:00
Where: The London Stadium
On Thursday night, West Ham host Sevilla at the London Stadium, in the Europa League last-16 second leg. The first leg finished 1-0 to the Andalusians but the tie is still very much in the balance.
The Hammers ended a three-game losing run in all competitions last time out by recording a 2-1 win over Aston Villa. The victory revived their challenge for a Champions League spot, as the Irons are just three points shy of fourth-place Arsenal, although the Gunners do have three games in hand on David Moyes’ team.
West Ham’s recent record in the Europa League is not great after the first leg defeat. The team from east London have now won just one of their last four European matches, having suffered back-to-back 1-0 defeats.
Their recent matches in the competition have been low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in their last three Europa League matches.
The Irons have a mixed recent home record in the Europa League, with a record of two wins and two defeats in their last four home matches illustrating that point.
Although Sevilla are second place in La Liga, the Andalusians title challenge has rather faded in recent weeks mainly due to a slew of recent draws. Julen Lopetegui’s team has drawn three of their last four league games to fall ten points behind league leaders Real Madrid.
The title looks out of reach and the visitors may now just be looking to maintain their current position, with third-place Barcelona in red hot form and breathing down their necks.
However, the Europa League is synonymous with Sevilla, as the visitors are the most successful club in the history of the competition, lifting the trophy on six occasions.
The first leg victory continued a stellar recent run in the competition for Los Nervionenses, as the visitors have now won six of their last seven games in the Europa League.
Similarly, to West Ham, the Andalusian’s recent matches in the Europa League have been relatively low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in eight of their last 11 games in the competition.
However, Sevilla’s recent away record in Europa League is not a brilliant one, as the visitors have won just one of their previous four matches on their travels.
The first leg of this tie was predictable low-scoring and we are expecting a similar affair in the second instalment, as both sides are likely to try and keep things tight in the early stages.
The first bet we are backing is the draw, as these two teams are relatively well matched. The other is under 2.5 goals scored, as both teams are well organised and unlikely to give much away defensively.
Our Tips: We are backing the draw at odds of 23/10 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/6. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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