Europa League Soccer Picks: Bet the Draw in Borussia M'gladbach vs. Sevilla

Steven Suarez

Thursday, February 26, 2015 3:18 PM GMT

The Spanish outfit holds the advantage heading into the deciding second leg, but don't expect the hosts to lay down and die. Which sports picks stand out most for this Europa League fixture?

Odds Overview
As is typically the case at this stage in the competition, there is little separating the opposing sides in terms of the soccer betting odds

Monchengladbach is the favorite, however, listed in the Europa League odds at a +125 to +150 range to get the outright win in the second leg. That means we can get a pretty appealing price on Sevilla, with odds makers posting lines in the +250 to +275 area. A draw, which would see the Spanish side advance to the next round, is quoted at right around +250.

 

The First Leg
The honors were all even for a large chunk of the first leg, and it wasn't until the 70th minute until we saw a ball go in the back of the net. It was the home team, Sevilla, that got on the board with a goal from Vincente Iborra, and what an important goal that could turn out to be.

In terms of the match flow, it was actually the Germans that controlled possession. They had the ball about 56 percent of the time and fashioned a few chances, totaling four shots on goal as opposed to Sevilla's six. As you can see, Monchengladbach didn't seem intimidated or afraid of the moment, yet they were unable to get what could have a critical away goal. Instead, now the Germans will have to take care of business back at home.

 

Borussia Monchengladbach
After that frustrating loss to Sevilla in the first leg, the Foals used some late heroics to earn a point in a 1-1 away draw against Hamburg in Bundesliga action. Branimar Hrgota was the hero, scoring a goal in stoppage time to give Monchendblach a critical point.

As it stands, the Foals are in third place in Bundesliga, 10 points behind Wolfsburg and a staggering 18 behind first-place Bayern. Of course, the Foals would be thrilled if the season were to end today, as it would mean Champions League soccer next season. First things first though: they want to secure a place in the next round of the UEFA Europa League Knockout Stage, but to do that they have to find a way to get past Sevilla in front of their fans. Max Kruse is one to watch for the Foals.

 

Sevilla
Whereas the Sevillistas were involved in a low-scoring encounter with Monchengladbach in the Europa League, they experienced a totally different match back on home soil in a La Liga clash with Real Sociedad. Final score? 4-3 in favor of Sociedad. The heartbreaking part about it is that Sevilla was actually leading 3-2 before two goals in the final 10 minutes from the home side.

You have to wonder what kind of mental impact that will have on Sevilla heading into the second leg, but nevertheless they've got the quality and know-how to bounce back. Carlos Bacca has been in terrific form as well, having netted a team-best 14 league goals already this term. Will he find the back of the net against the German outfit?

 

Europa League Pick
In what should be a cagey affair, we are predicting this match will end in a draw, thus meaning Sevilla would move on to see another day in the Europa League.

Look for both teams to have their fair share of chances, but ultimately neither to gain a clear advantage. The Spaniards will be trying to play it safe and make sure they're disciplined in the back, knowing the home team will have to take the initiative if they want to get a goal or two and advance.

And while the Germans did hold their own in the first leg, Sevilla is an experienced bunch and should be able to do enough to get at least a draw.

Europa League Pick: Borussia Monchengladbach 1 Sevilla 1

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