Europa League Soccer Picks: Tasty Trebles Await for Sevilla vs. Fiorentina

Lee Phelps

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 12:54 PM GMT

Spain face Italy in the tougher of the two Europa League semi final. William Hill's Lee Phelps has examined their form and the odds for his free betting pick.

The Europa League holders are in the midst of a love affair with the competition and in my opinion will face Italian opposition twice before being able to lift the trophy again. Last year they beat Benfica on penalties, now they face Fiorentina for the right to get to the final and are listed on the soccer betting odds as the favorites.

 

Sevilla
Sevilla are hoping to become the first side to win the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League for a fourth time. Three other sides can match their current tally of three victories Inter, Juventus and Liverpool.

The Spaniards have been really impressive in the knockout rounds, although they left it late away at Zenit to draw 2-2 on the night and get through 4-3 on aggregate. In earlier knockout rounds they beat Borussia Monchengladbach 1-0 at home and 3-2 in the return in Germany and in the Round of 16 clash with Villarreal, Sevilla won 3-1 away from home and 2-1 in front of their own supporters. The home form was the key to winning the trophy last season and they are plotting the same this time too.

Sevilla’s long unbeaten home run fell at the weekend. The 3-2 loss to Real Madrid was the first defeat in 35, but they remain in the race to qualify for the Champions League next season, even if they don’t qualify by winning this competition.

The Spaniards have won their last eight European home games, including all six this season, since losing 2-0 to neighbours Real Betis Balompié in last season's round of 16.

History is on their side too, they have never been eliminated in a European semi-final, winning all three of their previous last-four ties.

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Fiorentina
Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last 12 European away games (W8 D4); their last European defeat on the road was a 3-2 loss at Bayern Munich in the 2009/10 Champions League round of 16.

They got to the semis with a 3-1 aggregate win over Dynamo Kyiv. They know the importance of the away goal too, grabbing a late one in Ukraine to finish the first leg at 1-1. The two-legged job was completed with a 2-0 home win in the return.

Fiorentina have accounted for two of the favourite teams already, beating Tottenham and Roma, so facing the holders will hold no fear for them.

Their Serie A form has dipped with four straight defeats but got back into winning ways with a 3-1 home victory over Cesena at the weekend. They are in fifth spot in the Serie A which would be good enough to qualify for this competition again next season.

Their Europa League away goal scoring prowess has been invaluable, scoring goals in all of their trips so far this season, including three in Rome and one in London.

 

Soccer picks
With Sevilla’s excellent home form and the Italians ability to grab an away goal, both teams to score looks a good wager.

I’m going a step further though and backing Sevilla to win the game too with my soccer picks.

Free soccer pick: Sevilla win and both teams to score 3.75 (11/4)
 

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