Europa League Preview: Rijeka vs. Sevilla

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Updated: September 30, 2014
Sevilla

Match Date: 02 October 2014 (local time)

Venue: Kantrida

 

Sevilla will enter its second Europa League match with overflowing confidence that it can successfully defend its title.

 

Meanwhile, Rijeka will attempt to force an even steven finish and hopefully get back on track with its Europa League campaign after suffering a disappointing loss to Standard Liege.

 

The contenders

Rijeka

Despite Rijeka’s defensive efforts to halter Standard Liege’s attacks, the former’s efforts literally went into waste. Rijeka was slapped with 2 crucial goals during the second half. This literally destroyed the club’s hope of equalizing and snatching a point in the first leg of the Group Stage. Making matters worse were the bookings received by its key players.

 

Sevilla

Many of Sevilla’s supporters hope that the thrashing from Atletico Madrid will not affect the club from successfully defending its title.

 

Sevilla did an impressive performance during its first Group Stage match in the said tournament. Pitted against Feyenoord, the Spanish giant readily dominated the clash that ended in a 2-0 result in their favor. However, many think that the defeat to Atletico may destroy the confidence of the online betting favorite.

 

On a closer look, it seems like Sevilla has no plans of letting their guards down when they face Rijeka. The defeat to Atletico was indeed, disappointing. But it was their first defeat in the season and so far, they are still a part of La Liga’s elite.

 

Possible head turners

Expect Gerard Deulofeu to be one of the match’s most prominent figures. The midfielder’s unquestionable strength on the pitch ensures that Sevilla shall not wave the white flag.

 

Prediction

Rijeka  0-2 Sevilla

 

Image Source: Euro Sport