Sevilla’s bid to win the UEFA Europa League for the fifth time – with this season’s final taking place at their own stadium – continues with a test round of 16 against English Premier League top-flighters West Ham United.
• The Spanish side finished third in UEFA Champions League Group G in the autumn behind LOSC Lille and Salzburg, winning just one of their six matches and finishing with six points, before overtaking Dinamo Zagreb in the play-offs at direct elimination from the UEFA Europa League. (3-1h, 0-1h).
• West Ham comfortably prevailed in UEFA Europa League Group H, claiming top spot with one game remaining on 13 points, three clear of runners-up Dinamo Zagreb, who beat them 1- 0 in London on Matchday 6.
Sevilla vs West Ham: The latest match news
• This is the first meeting of clubs in UEFA competition.
• Sevilla have already faced English teams 19 times with the record W8 D6 L5. They are unbeaten against English opponents in the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League (W5 D2), their last three matches all having singles wins – 3-1 against Liverpool in the 2016 final, and 1-0 against Wolverhampton Wanderers and 2-1 against Manchester United in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively of their triumphant 2019/20 campaign.
• Since then, however, Sevilla have faced Chelsea twice in the UEFA Champions League, drawing 0-0 on Matchday 1 last season before losing 0-4 at Sevilla on Matchday 5 – the most heavy European defeat at home in the history of the club.
• West Ham have won their two previous European meetings against Spanish opponents, both in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. They beat Real Zaragoza 3-2 on aggregate in the semi-finals of their triumphant 1964/65 campaign (2-1 h, 1-1 a) and Real Madrid Castilla 6-4 in the 1980/81 first round (1- 3a, 5-1h).
• Fourth in the Spanish La Liga for the second season in a row under manager Julen Lopetegui in 2020/21, Sevilla finished second in their UEFA Champions League group behind eventual winners Chelsea before retiring in the round of 16 against Borussia Dortmund (2-3 h, 2-2 a).
• This season, Sevilla’s UEFA Champions League campaign came to an end after six matches. They started with draws against each of their Group G opponents – 1-1 at home to Salzburg and away to Wolfsburg and 0-0 at Lille – before losing 1-2 at home to the champions. France during the 4th day. A 2-0 home win against Wolfsburg kept them in contention heading into Matchday 6, but a 1-0 defeat at Salzburg left them in third place.
• The Andalusian side are in the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 for a record sixth time. They have lifted the trophy in four of their previous six appearances – in 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 with Unai Emery as head coach and in 2019/20 under Lopetegui – and won the UEFA Cup back to back. in 2005/06 and 2006/07. Sevilla’s only defeats in 24 UEFA Europa League knockout stage matches were on away goals against Porto in the 2010/11 Round of 16 (1-2h, 1-0a) and after extra time against Slavia Praha in the round of 16 2018/19. 16 (2-2h, 3-4h).
• That 1-2 defeat to Porto 11 years ago was Sevilla’s last at home against non-Spanish opponents in the UEFA Europa League, qualifying stage included. Since then their record in the competition at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán is W27 D5 L2, both losses to other La Liga sides, Real Betis in the 2013/14 Round of 16 and Athletic Club in 2015/16 quarter-finals – although Sevilla won both matches on penalties.
• Sixth place in the 2020/21 Premier League earned West Ham a first appearance in the group stage of UEFA competition. In each of their last two continental campaigns, in 2015/16 and 2016/17, they were knocked out in UEFA Europa League qualifying by Romanian side Astra Giurgiu.
• The East Londoners won the 1964/65 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, beating 1860 München 2-0 in the Wembley final, and reached the semi-finals, final and quarter-finals of the same competition over the next 16 years. The furthest they have gone in the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League was in 1999/2000 when, after qualifying as UEFA Intertoto Cup winners, they beat Osijek to reach the second round, where they lost against Steaua Bucureşti (0-2 a , 0-0h). In their last UEFA Cup appearance, in 2006/07, they were beaten in the first round by Italy’s Palermo (0-1h, 0-3a).
• This season David Moyes’ side have won their first three Group H games without conceding: 2-0 away to Dinamo, 2-0 at home to Rapid Wien and 3-0 at home against Genk. They then dropped their first points in a 2-2 draw with the Belgians before wrapping up top spot with a 2-0 victory in Vienna.
• West Ham were winless in four European away matches (D1 L3) before beating Dinamo in Zagreb on Matchday 1. The Matchday 5 win at Rapid was just the London club’s third in their last ten UEFA Europa League and UEFA Cup matches. England away games (D2 L5), although they have found the net in the last six games, scoring twice in each of the three away games this season.
UEFA Europa League squad changes
In: Jesús Corona (Porto), Nemanja Gudelj, Anthony Martial (Manchester United, loan)
Outside: Suso, Erik Lamela, Oscar Rodríguez (Getafe, loan)
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• Anthony Martial joined Sevilla on loan from Manchester United in January. He started in the United side eliminated from the English League Cup this season by West Ham at Old Trafford in September (0-1), although his last game for the Manchester club before leaving for Sevilla was substitute in a 1-0 home win over the Hammers on 22 January.
• Several other Sevilla players have played in the English Premier League:
Suso (Liverpool 2012/13)
Jesus Navas (Manchester City 2013-17)
Erik Lamela (Tottenham 2013-21)
Fernando (Manchester City 2014-17)
Rafa Mir (Wolves 2018-21, Nottingham Forest 2019/20, loan)
• Navas was Premier League champion with Manchester City in 2013/14, also winning two League Cups, the second alongside Fernando in 2015/16.
• Martial, his Sevilla team-mate Jules Koundé and West Ham duo Alphonse Areola and Kurt Zouma have all been selected by France.
• West Ham midfielder Pablo Fornals is a current Spain international who played in his homeland for Málaga (2015-17) and Villarreal (2017-19). Hammers goalkeeper Areola has also been on loan in Spain at Villarreal (2015/16) and Real Madrid (2019/20).
• Sevilla’s Ivan Rakitić and West Ham’s Nikola Vlašić were other Croatia internationals from 2017-19.
• Hammers manager Moyes spent a spell in Spain with Real Sociedad from November 2014 to November 2015. His only La Liga game against Sevilla was a 4-3 home win on 22 February 2015.
• West Ham’s Czech trio of Tomáš Souček, Vladimír Coufal and Alex Král all played for the Slavia Praha side that eliminated Sevilla from the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League in the Round of 16, Souček scoring a penalty on the second leg 4-3 win in Prague.
• The Andalusian club are one of two former UEFA Europa League winners to reach the round of 16, alongside 2010/11 winners Porto. Three other participants – Bayer Leverkusen, Eintracht Frankfurt and Galatasaray – have also, like Sevilla, lifted the UEFA Cup.
• Sevilla are in the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 for a record sixth time. Six other clubs have reached this stage of the competition five times: Valencia, Manchester United, Benfica, Zenit, Villarreal and Dynamo Kyiv.
• This is Sevilla’s 42nd game in the UEFA Europa League knockout stage, equaling Benfica’s record in the competition.
• West Ham were one of only two newcomers to the UEFA Europa League group stage in 2021/22, fellow champions Denmark Brøndby. Mid-term arrivals Barcelona have made all three of their debuts in this season’s competition proper.
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