There are only two teams left standing in the Europa League this season, which means the final will see Inter Milan and Sevilla square off. Both sides have already qualified for the Champions League next season, which means that the only thing that the two sides will be competing for is the illustrious honour of winning the silverware. But, which team will claim the success?
When: Friday 21st August
Where: RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne
How To Watch: CBS
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These two sides have stood out throughout the competition to this point, which means that it is fitting that they will be competing in the final. There is quality in both sides, but something will have to give when they meet in Cologne on Friday evening.
Sevilla have won this competition more than any other side, as they have recorded five successes in the past 20 years. They are certainly Europa League specialists, and that has been evident throughout the competition this season. They flew through the group stages with five wins in six, with their only defeat coming against APOEL after their progression was already assured. Sevilla went on to beat Cluj and Roma in the first two knockout rounds, before they came up against Premier League teams in the quarterfinals and semi-finals. Lucas Ocampos scored the only goal of the game in the quarterfinal showdown with Wolves, before Luuk de Jong scored a late winner to earn a 2-1 success against Manchester United in the semi-finals of the competition.
Meanwhile, Inter started the season in the Champions League, but were knocked out of that competition after coming third. They have been faultless since that defeat, as they have beaten every opponent that they have come up against in the Europa League. They beat Ludogorets and Getafe in the first two knockout rounds, before they navigated their way past Bayer Leverkusen in the quarterfinals of the competition. Their best performance since the restart came in their last outing against Shakhtar Donetsk, as they were ruthless to win 5-0. Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku both scored a brace in that victory to set them up for this final with Sevilla. Inter will also be looking for their first piece of silverware in ten years.
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Inter Milan come into the final with a near full strength side at their disposal. The only injury concern for them is Matias Vecino, who is carrying a knee injury. Meanwhile, Lucas Ocampos should be fit for Sevilla, but Nemanja Gudelj will be missing for the Spanish side.
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This should be a close game between two sides that match up very well. Sevilla are currently on a long unbeaten run, and haven’t suffered defeat in any competition since the restart. However, the strength of Inter’s squad shouldn’t be overlooked. It will be a game of few goals, but the preference would be for Sevilla to continue their excellent Europa League record.