The Europa League final is set, and it should be an exciting affair when Sevilla and Inter Milan battle it out on Friday, August 21, 2020. Inter Milan are appearing in their fifth Europa League/UEFA Cup final and are looking to lift the trophy for the fourth time. Sevilla are making their record sixth appearance in the final and will look to extend their competition best lead with six wins in the final. This game will air live on CBS Sports Network, UniMas, TUDN, and CBS All Access at 3:00 p.m. EST.
Sevilla got to the final by winning Group A with 15 out of 18 points. AOEPL, of the Cyprus first division, finish second in the group, Qarabag, who plays in the Azerbaijan Premier League, came in third, and Dudelange, of the Luxembourg National Division, finished at the bottom. The Spanish club then beat CFR Cluj of the Romanian League in the Round of 32, AS Rome of Serie A in the Round of 16, Wolves from the Premier League in the quarters, and Manchester United, also from the Premier League, in the semifinals.
Inter Milan entered the Europa League in the Round of 32 after getting eliminated from the Champions League group stage. The Serie A squad opened their campaign with a 4-1 two-legged win over Bulgarian side Ludogorets. Inter then knocked out La Liga’s Getafe, 2-0, and the Bundesliga’s Bayer Leverkusen 2-1. The Italian side booked their ticked to the final with a 5-0 win over Ukrainian powers Shakhtar Donetsk.
Below is my pick for the Europa League action between Sevilla and Inter Milan. All odds are from PointsBet Sportsbook.
Odds: Sevilla (+240) vs Inter Milan (+120) Draw (+230)
Sevilla advanced to the Europa League final with an impressive 2-1 win over Manchester United. The Spanish club went down 1-0 early, thanks to a Bruno Fernandes penalty in the 9th minute, but fought back quickly and tied the game up with a Suso goal in the 26th minute. Both teams went back and forth in the second half, but a Sevilla would get the breakthrough with a Luuk de Jong goal in the 78th minute. Manchester United wasted a lot of chances, but Sevilla will take it and now look to win the Europa League for a record sixth time.
Inter Milan faced off against Shakhtar Donetsk in the quarterfinals and cruised to a 5-0 win. It was a tight first half, and Shakhtar looked the more comfortable team, but Inter Milan took a 1-0 lead into the half thanks to a Lautaro Martinez goal in the 19th minute. Inter turned the gears on in the second half as they scored four goals to run away with the game. Danilo D’Ambrosio got the second half barrage started with a 64th minute header and Lautaro Martinez added his second goal in the 74th minute. Romelu Lukaku finished the game off with goals in the 78th and 84th minutes. Inter are rolling and this should be a very exciting final.
Series History: These two clubs met one time in the past, a pre-season friendly in the Amsterdam Tournament, and they drew 0-0.
Game Prediction: I like Inter Milan to go on and win their fourth Europa League title.
2020 Results: 95-81