Dnipro vs Sevilla – Europa League Final Preview

The National Stadium in Warsaw hosts a Europa League final which sees holders Sevilla look to retain their crown by beating Ukrainian side Dnipro, who are gunning for their first continental triumph.

For the first time, the prize for coming out on top here is not just a trophy and substantial prize money. A place in the Champions League is up for grabs, so the stakes could not be higher as these two well-supported clubs descend on the Polish capital.

Sevilla, who have a fantastic record in this competition in its current and previous guises, will be the favourites. They were on formidable form in their semi-final against Fiorentina, hitting five without reply against the Italian club. That came after a much more hard-fought quarter-final against Zenit St. Petersburg, where they needed a late away goal to edge through.

They also ended the La Liga season well, losing just once – against Real Madrid – in their last 10 games to finish fifth with an impressive 76 points. Striker Carlos Bacca will provide their biggest threat, while Kevin Gameiro has also been a key player in this European campaign.

Despite their relative lack of pedigree, Dnipro should not be counted out here, particularly as they have got the better of some huge clubs on their way to this final, playing determined and effective football to underline the strides they have made in recent seasons and the strength of the Ukrainian game.

Victories over Champions League dropouts Olympiakos and Ajax were impressive enough, but beating Napoli in the semi-finals was arguably their best victory, beating Rafael Benitez’ side 2-1 on aggregate. Hopes here will rest on Yevhen Konoplyanka, an outstanding player often linked with a move to the Premier League.

Dnipro will be without defender Ondrej Mazuch and striker Roman Zazulya for this final, while Sevilla’s only absentee is defender Nicolas Pareja, who has a knee injury.

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