Europa League final preview: Sevilla take on unfancied Dnipro
Last Updated: 27/05/15 7:31pm
Sevilla can become the first side to win four Europa League or UEFA Cup titles when the holders face Dnipro in the Europa League final in Warsaw.
Victory, which would seal back-to-back Europa League titles for Sevilla, would also secure direct qualification to next season's Champions League for either side, with Sevilla having missed out by just a point to Valencia in the battle for fourth after a pulsating La Liga final day.
In last season's competition, the Spanish side needed late goals and two penalty shootouts on the way to glory but in this season's Europa League, Unai Emery's men have been rampant, losing just once in 14 games and scoring 26 goals in the process.
On the other hand, Dnipro are playing in their first major European final in the club's history, and Myron Markevych's side have won just seven of their 16 matches en route to the final.
However, they have seen off some big names along the way in Olympiakos, Ajax and Napoli and Markevich is prepared for his side's stiffest test yet in the Polish capital.
"We've studied Sevilla's matches in the national championship and Europa League thoroughly," Markevich said.
"They're very strong opponents. I consider Sevilla to be among Europe's 10 strongest clubs. I expect a very hard encounter in Warsaw, but we want to show our best in the final."
Dnipro maintained their hopes of Champions League qualification through the Ukranian league with a 3-2 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk at the weekend, despite Markevich resting a number of key players ahead of the final.
Yet, they could be without striker Yevhen Seleznyov, who scored both goals in the 2-1 aggregate semi-final win over Napoli, as he is a doubt with a knee injury. Other than long-term injury absentees Nico Pareja and Sebastian Cristoforo.
Sevilla have a fully fit squad to choose from with Timothee Kolodziejczak and Vitolo expected to be fit despite missing Saturday's 3-2 win at Malaga due to injury.
Dnipro could become the third Ukrainian side to win a major UEFA trophy following Dynamo Kiev (European Cup Winners' Cup 1975, 1986) and FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UEFA Cup 2009).
Sevilla's Daniel Carriço has made more UEFA Europa League appearances (group stage to final) than any other player in the competition's history: 47.
The 2015 UEFA Europa League final will involve the two coaches with the most appearances in the competition, group stage to final. Sevilla's Unai Emery will oversee his 50th match in Warsaw while Dnipro's Myron Markevych will be involved for the 42nd time.
Carlos Bacca is the only player to have featured in all 14 of Sevilla's games.
A total of 13 nations are represented in the two finalists' squads, with Ukrainians (18) just pipping Spanish players (17) in terms of the largest single contingent.
Dnipro goalkeeper Denys Boyko and central defender Douglas have featured in every minute of their campaign since the start of the group stage – 1290 minutes of football in total.
Unai Emery's side are bidding to maintain Spain's dominance in the competition with a fourth success in the last six years and are 2/7 to lift the trophy in Warsaw with their Ukrainian opponents 5/2 to secure the trophy in their first European final.
Sevilla are joint top scorers in this season's competition and have netted two or more goals in their last three Europa League matches and are 4/5 to score two or more goals in the match.
Carlos Bacca, who has already netted five times in the competition, is Price Boosted to 2/1 (from 9/5) to score in a Sevilla win and 13/10 to find the net in 90 minutes. Evgeniy Konplyanka is Boosted from 10/1 to 16/1 to score in a Dnipro win.