Sevilla vs Fiorentina Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Sevilla vs Fiorentina | Thursday 7 May, 2015 | Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan | 20.05
Sevilla may be the reigning champions but they shouldn’t underestimate Fiorentina in the first leg of their Europa League semi-finals on Thursday.
Fiorentina may be the underdogs in this clash but the Italian outfit have already beaten worthy opponents including Tottenham and Roma at earlier stages of the competition.
Sevilla remain confident of retaining the European second tier title however, with Fiorentina the main obstacle standing between them and the Europa League trophy.
Defender Timothee Kolodziejczak spoke of his team’s chances as they host their biggest rivals remaining in the competition, commenting, “It’s a very important match for the people, for us, and we have to be able to get a victory.
“We have great enthusiasm. Fiorentina is a very difficult team. It will be a very hard match. Favourites? We are the two favourites. All teams who reach the semi-finals have the same options.
“The fans in the last [Liga] match against Real Madrid encouraged us very much. I think that we will need them on Thursday.”
Unlike Sevilla, Fiorentina have displayed very poor form in the league, but will approach Thursday’s clash boosted by a 2-1 Serie A victory over Cesena on Sunday.
“This victory will boost morale and self-confidence,” boss Vincenzo Montella commented. “We wanted the win to get back fifth place and now our minds can go to Sevilla for Thursday’s Europa League semi-final.
“I watched Sevilla play Real Madrid on Saturday and they are a very well-constructed team. We really wanted this success to get us in the best headspace for the semi-final.
“Sevilla are a tough side who defend with good organisation and know how to attack. We will play to win.”
Fiorentina have their work cut out for them against Sevilla, however, given that the Spanish outfit are unbeaten in 34 of their last 35 games at home.
Sevilla vs Fiorentina Betting Tips
Sevilla are virtually unbeatable at home and look set to dominate in the first leg of this clash. Expect a 2-0 home victory, priced at 15/2 with Ladbrokes and Carlos Bacca to score the first goal, priced at 4/1 with Betway.