West Ham vs Sevilla Prediction 17 March 2022

West Ham United hosts Sevilla in the second leg of the Europa League 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Thursday, March 17th at Olympic Stadium (London)
Despite the defeat to Sevilla in the first leg, West Ham United is in a good mood ahead of the return match. In the last round of the Premier League, the Hammers beat Aston Villa at home (2-1). After that victory, they have 48 points in their assets, which is enough to be in sixth place in the standings. The gap to the top three is four points. Let’s recall that West Ham lost their last home match in the Europa League. In the 6th round of the group stage, the Hammers suffered a minimal 0-1 defeat from Dinamo Zagreb. In total, West Ham has already played seven matches in the current European campaign, and six of them ended with “Both teams to score — no.”

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Sevilla continues to prove to everyone that it is the best team in Europa League history. In the first game against West Ham, Munir scored the winning goal. Now the Red-Whites are in a pole position. They will be satisfied with both a victory and a draw with any score. In the 1/16 finals of the Europa League, Julen Lopetegui’s men faced Dinamo Zagreb. They won 3-1 at home and allowed themselves to lose 0-1 in Croatia. As for the current European campaign, Sevilla has already played nine matches, in which the following results were recorded: three victories, three draws, and three losses. Seven out of nine games ended with Under 2.5 goals scored. In addition, at least one side didn’t score in five cases.
West Ham suffered only two defeats in the last eight home games in the Europa League (five wins and one draw). In addition, seven out of those eight games ended with “Both teams to score — no.” It seems to me that the Hammers are strong enough to beat Sevilla at home. But the question is, do they need it? They are trying to get into the top four in the Premier League standings, and in this case, the Europa League may simply not be of interest to them. Sevilla is the most experienced team in the current Europa League season. The Red-Whites know how to keep the winning score. I remind you that they concede less than one goal per match on average in all competitions. There is no reason to wait for a goal show in the upcoming game.

Prediction for the match:

Under 2.5 goals scored

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