Sevilla will bring their La Liga season to an end this Friday as they welcome Valencia to the Ramon Sanchez.
The hosts having been guaranteed a place in next season’s Champions League will be looking to sign-off the season with a win and, if possible, pip Atletico Madrid to the extra financial benefits that come with a third-place finish.
Valencia meanwhile head into this tie needing at least a win to give them a chance of Europa League next season. With 53 points to their name, the visitors will be praying for a victory here and a loss for either of Granada, Getafe, or Real Sociedad.
Sevilla meanwhile will be without Ever Banega who is serving a one-game disciplinary ban, while Sergio Escudero and Tomas Vaclik missing through injuries
As many as eight players are missing for Valencia for this tie with Jaume Costas and Mouctar Diakhaby missing through suspension.
Head to head
Valencia enjoy a superior recent head-to-head record in this tie as they are unbeaten against their weekend host in the last six meetings between them. In that period, they won three times, drew thrice, and kept three clean sheets.
Sevilla’s last five competitive games: DWWWW
Valencia’s last five competitive games: WLWDL
Sevilla are unbeaten in 16 matches in all competition, a tie that runs back to February when they lost to Celta Vigo. In the league, they are on the longest unbeaten run in their history, having not lost in 14 league games.
Before their last outing, which saw them draw Real Sociedad, Julian Lopetegui’s boys were on a four game-winning run. In that period, they kept three clean sheets conceding only once to Athletico Bilbao.
Four of their last five games have seen them record a clean sheet with none of those games featuring more than three goals.
The hosts are slow starters with just one first-half goal in their last four league games. However, they make up for their lack of first-half goal action with an impressive showing in the second half. They remain one of the division’s best side in the second period with 17 wins (D12, L8) so far this term.
Valencia meanwhile head into this tie with European hopes still intact. Their season is set to end with a whimper with just two wins from their last seven games.
Since the restart, the visitors have won just three times with only two clean sheets to their name in that period.
They remain without a win in their last ten of road travels (D3, L7). In that period, Los Murcelagos failed to score in six of the games they lost while they conceded three or more goals in four of those games.
They haven’t conceded so much though in recent times with just one of their last ten games since the restart seeing them concede more than twice in a game.
Both teams to score/Yes @ 4/5
First half draw/Sevilla to win the second half@ 4/1
Over 2.5 goals @ 9/10