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West Ham vs Sevilla in the Europa League on Mar 17. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

West Ham vs Sevilla in the Europa League on Mar 17. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

We expected a closely fought encounter last week and the first leg delivered a fiercely competitive game between two sides who could both make strong claims to win the Europa League.

Sevilla emerged 1-0 winners thanks to an excellently worked goal from Munir El Haddadi on the hour mark, but West Ham certainly got their money’s worth in Andalusia, creating plenty of openings and on another day, would’ve been heading back to London with a couple of goals in the bank.

Only a win will do for David Moyes’ men, but they’ll take heart from their performance in the first leg, as well as Sevilla’s poor recent away record.

We should be set for a great game, so let’s get stuck into some expert football betting tips for the clash at the London Stadium.

  • Kindly note that all information in this preview, including whether or not the event will take place, is subject to change due to Covid-19.
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West Ham to Win and Under 2.5 Goals

West Ham may well have drawn a blank in Spain last week, but they were more than in the game for large periods and should have at least got on the scoreboard.

The Hammers’ home form is decent, with just one defeat in five. However, their last half-dozen games in their backyard have seen defeats to struggling Leeds and mid-table Southampton.

That said, they tend to deliver when the big boys come to town and they already have victories against Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham under their belts on home soil. With Sevilla flying high in La Liga, they certainly fall under the “big fish” category as they head to London.

Sevilla are having a great season, but their away form has been flagging in recent weeks. They’re currently winless in their last six on the road (prior to a tricky trip to Rayo Vallecano) and have only scored three times in that run. That sequence of games includes a 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the previous round of the Europa League.

With that firmly in mind, we think West Ham can sneak this one. 1-0 would take this game to extra time, but a 2-0 win would do the job and with Sevilla struggling in front of goal on their travels, we really like a home win and under 2.5 goals, which is available with most of the top betting sites at 3/1.

West Ham Form, squad news, opinion

West Ham are certainly not in prime form heading into this one, having tasted defeat in three separate competitions in the space of just eight days at the start of March.

But generally speaking, they’re a very difficult side to bet against, thanks largely to their robust defence and a midfield unit that is so difficult to get on top of.

They certainly missed Jarrod Bowen in the first leg, but even without him, the likes of Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio caused their fair share of problems, and backed by a home crowd on Thursday night, we expect them to get on the front foot and dominate for large periods.

Bowen faces a race to be fit for this one, with his chances rated at around 50-50.

Sevilla Form, squad news, opinion

Sitting nine points clear of fifth-placed Real Betis, Champions League football is almost certainly in the bag next season for Sevilla.

Their excellent year has been built on one of the most solid defences on the continent and an unbeaten home record that can only be matched by league leaders Real Madrid.

The way in which they clinched victory last week was superb. El Haddadi peeled into space on the edge of the box and drove home a controlled volley into the bottom corner to put his side on the way to a crucial win.

But will a one-goal cushion be enough? A lack of goals and a lot of draws away from home is an issue they need to work through, and with West Ham very much fired up, we think this could be a long night for the Spaniards.

Sevilla have no fresh injury concerns, but the likes of Suso and Papu Gomez remain out.

History

Last week’s first leg was the first ever meeting between the two sides.

About the Venue

The somewhat controversial London Stadium was built for the 2012 London Olympics, before West Ham left Upton Park and made it their new home in 2016.

Slowly but surely, Hammers fans are starting to settle in, and the stadium is quickly becoming one of the toughest hunting grounds in the Premier League.

Conclusion

Sevilla will almost certainly look to sit on their first-leg lead, and we think that will play into the hands of a West Ham side that are more than a match for anyone in the Europa League.

They will have to be patient, but if the hosts can keep their backdoor closed, we think they’ll just squeeze out a victory in 90 minutes.

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