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Sevilla vs West Ham - Champions League Predictions, Odds, Picks

  • Sevilla are the most successful club in the history of the Europa League
  • West Ham would have preferred an easier draw for the round of 16
  • A narrow defeat would not necessarily be the end of the world for West Ham

Sevilla vs West Ham Odds

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Sevilla -108
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Tie +230
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West Ham United +320
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Sevilla vs West Ham United Pick

Back a Sevilla win in the Caesars sportsbook.

The Spanish side are doing well in La Liga and will probably have too much quality for West Ham on Thursday.

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Sevilla vs West Ham Champions League Predictions

West Ham Not Ready To Give Up on European Dream Yet

These are heady times for West Ham United. David Moyes’ men secured a fifth-place finish in the Premier League last season to book a place in the Europa League. They are going strong again this term and could finish in the top six once more.

They are also through to the last 16 of Europe’s secondary club competition, a major improvement on their last two showings in this tournament: the Hammers were eliminated in the play-offs in 2016/17 and in the third qualifying round the previous year.

Finishing fifth in the Premier League last time out sent West Ham straight through to the group stage of the Europa League. Four wins in their six group games saw Moyes’ side finish top of their segment ahead of Dinamo Zagreb, Rapid Vienna, and Genk.

Some wondered whether West Ham would be able to balance domestic and European commitments, particularly as Moyes tends to stick with a settled starting XI. So far, at least, they have done a good job of it.

European soccer is nothing new to West Ham as a club. Their first-ever continental campaign saw the east Londoners win the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1965. A team containing Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst, and Martin Peters beat 1860 Munich 2-0 in front of 100,000 fans at Wembley.

West Ham’s first taste of the Europa League came in 1999/00 when it was known as the UEFA Cup.

But they have not had much success in Europe in the Premier League era. This is already the furthest West Ham have ever got in this competition.

They are not ready to give up on their European dream just yet, though. This last-16 tie will be a tough test, but everything we have seen from West Ham this season suggests they will go all-out for victory rather than prioritizing their Premier League campaign.

Sevilla, Masters of the Europa League, Among the Favorites

Sevilla were one of the teams West Ham would have wanted to avoid in the round of 16. There are two main reasons for that. First, and most significant, is that Julen Lopetegui’s side are having a fantastic season.

They underperformed in the Champions League, finishing third in a group featuring Lille, Wolfsburg, and Red Bull Salzburg, but Sevilla edged out Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League knockout round playoffs.

Domestically, Sevilla are the only team capable of preventing Real Madrid from winning the La Liga title.

They sit second in the standings, and although Madrid are still heavy favorites to finish on top of the pile, Sevilla have exceeded expectations in establishing themselves as the chief challengers to Carlo Ancelotti’s side. They have the best home record in Spain’s top tier, so West Ham will be under no illusions as to how tough Thursday’s match will be.

Another reason why Sevilla represent daunting opposition is their record in this competition. With six triumphs to their name, they have won double the number of Europa Leagues as any other club. Their last success was only in 2020, so the squad still contains several players who have experience of going all the way in the tournament.

The Caesars sportsbook has Lopetegui’s side as third-favorites at +500.

West Ham Will Struggle To Avoid Defeat in First Leg

A draw would be an excellent result for West Ham in the first leg. Sevilla have not lost a single league game at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan this season and have been defeated in only one of their 17 home games in all competitions. They have a terrific defensive record – the best in La Liga – and have the blend of quality and experience that should see them go far in this competition.

That is not to say West Ham are not capable of causing an upset. If they can escape the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan with a draw on Thursday, they will fancy their chances of advancing back at the London Stadium. West Ham are a good team too – that is why they are still in the top-four race in the Premier League.

More likely, though, is that Sevilla will come out on top in the first leg. West Ham will rely on Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen in the final third, and Declan Rice will need to have a big game in central midfield.

Overall, though, Sevilla are a better side and they should get the job done in front of their own fans, as they have done so often this term. Back Lopetegui’s team to win this one.

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How to Watch Sevilla vs West Ham United

Sevilla vs West Ham United Information
Teams Sevilla vs West Ham United
Location Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain
Time Thursday, 10 March 2022, 12.45 PM EST
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