AS Roma’s coach, Jose Mourinho, has the opportunity to make history as the most decorated head coach in European competition if his team wins the UEFA Europa League final against Sevilla this Wednesday. If this happens, Mourinho will surpass Giovanni Trapattoni’s record and earn his sixth European title, adding to his two UEFA Champions League, one UEL, and one Europa Conference League title. It is worth noting that the Portuguese coach previously won the UEFA Cup before the Europa League rebrand. Moreover, if Roma wins, Mourinho would also set a new record by having won UEFA’s second-tier competition with three different clubs, including Manchester United and FC Porto.
Sevilla holds a dominant position in this competition, having already won it six times, a record. If they win here, they will have claimed seven of the last 18 titles, which would make them the most successful team in the tournament. Jose Luis Mendilibar has done an exceptional job in rescuing Sevilla’s season, but he has never led the team to a European final. The Andalusian club has a perfect record in finals they have appeared in.Roma has a better chance of returning to Europe next season if they lose this match. Meanwhile, Sevilla is not guaranteed a spot, and they could miss out on any continental soccer next season. Both teams will need to win this final to secure a place in top European soccer for the next campaign, or even to qualify for the Europa Conference League in Roma’s case.
Here are the details on how to view and place your bets on the upcoming match:
– The match will be on Wednesday, May 31 at 3 p.m. ET and will take place at Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary.
– To watch the match, you can access the live stream on Paramount+.
– If you’re interested in placing a bet, the odds according to Caesars Sportsbook are as follows: Sevilla with +170, a draw with +200, and Roma with +180.
Sevilla struggled in the UEFA Champions League group stage but managed to survive and enter their preferred continental competition. Despite their domestic struggles, they defeated PSV Eindhoven in the knockout round playoffs and then Fenerbahce with Jorge Sampaoli as the coach. However, Mendilibar replaced Sampaoli by the time they overcame Manchester United in the quarterfinals. Juventus was their semifinal opponent, leading to this final against another Italian team.
Roma finished second in Group C behind Real Betis, requiring them to navigate the knockout round like Sevilla. They defeated Red Bull Salzburg and Real Sociedad in the following round of 16. The quarterfinals saw them need extra time to overcome Feyenoord while Bayer Leverkusen was disposed of with just one goal in the semifinals. This sets up an exciting final between Mourinho’s Roma and Sevilla, who are having a successful season in Europe’s Serie A.
The Sevilla team is expected to make a few changes ahead of the game, with Yassine Bounou taking the place of Marko Dmitrovic. Joan Jordan and Suso have both recovered from their injuries, but Marcos Acuna is suspended and there are doubts over Tanguy Nianzou and Marcao. Jesus Navas, who is similar to Joaquin from Real Betis, is expected to make an appearance and will be the oldest outfield player to start a UEFA Cup or Europa League final since David Weir in 2008. Youssef En-Nesyri is expected to replace Rafa Mir in attack.
Sevilla’s possible starting lineup is Bounou, Navas, Bade, Gudelj, Telles, Fernando, Rakitic, Ocampos, Torres, Gil, and En-Nesyri.Paulo Dybala is expected to be fit to play for Roma, and Leonardo Spinazzola is also expected to make an appearance. The only players ruled out are Rick Karsdorp and Marash Kumbulla. Expect to see a full-strength Roma side, as Mourinho rotated the team against Fiorentina. Nemanja Matic, Rui Patricio, and captain Lorenzo Pellegrini will all return. Roma’s possible starting lineup is Patricio, Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez, Celik, Cristante, Matic, Spinazzola, Pellegrini, El Shaarawy, and Abraham.
The upcoming Europa League final is akin to an unstoppable force colliding with an immovable object in the world of soccer. Sevilla has a remarkable record of not losing in this competition, while Mourinho is renowned for his prowess in major UEFA finals. It wouldn’t be shocking if the match extends beyond 90 minutes and even goes to penalties. My prediction is Roma coming out on top with a score of 2-1 after extra time, but anything is possible.