St. Liege – Sevilla SOCCER PICKS
Standard and Sevilla meet at Stade Maurice Dufrasne, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage). In this game the home factor may be decisive, since the Standard presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
After 2 wins and 2 losses, the home team is currently in the 3 rd position, with 6 points won. In the last match, they lost by (2-1) away against Krasnodar, after in the previous match, they won by (2-1) at home with Krasnodar. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 2 draws and 8 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a home win against AS Eupen by (3-0). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Standard won 5, drew 3 and lost 2. Their defense has not been very strong, since they suffered at least one goal in each of the last 4 matches, but their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 4 matches for this competition.
The importance of this game for the Standard Liège is very big, as it can continue to fight for the qualification or leave the field already eliminated from the competition, so winning the victory is an obligation. It is true that your opponent is better in the competition, but just to be a direct rival you need to add the three points, so you will need to find strength to achieve the result you want. Attitude and determination are fundamental in a match like this.
The away team is currently in the 2 nd position, with 9 points won, after 3 wins and 1 loss. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Akhisar Belediye, by (6-0). In the last match, they won in an away match against Akhisar Belediye, by (2-3). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses in away matches; against 11 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a home victory over Real Valladolid by (1-0). In the last 5 away matches for the UEFA Europa League, Sevilla won 4 and lost 1. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have always scored at least one goal in the last 10 matches for this competition. This is a team that usually scores many times first: opened the scoring in 10 of its last 10 matches for the UEFA Europa League, of these 10 came to the break in advantage in 9 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 9. There is 1 period highlighted in the last 13 away matches for all competitions: he suffered 8 of his 14 goals between the minutes (76’-90 ‘).
The situation of Sevilla in the group is good, but at the same time he knows that he can not hesitate, because he is playing against a direct rival and he can complicate everything if he stumbles. It is clear that he will not have facilities in a game like this, but he depends only on himself to conquer a good result, so if he has focus and determination he will be able to win something favorable. No doubt in the worst scenario a draw would not be as bad as that, but the ideal would be victory, as this would confirm the qualification for the next phase.