Sevilla predicted XI - Liverpool: Can the Spanish side complete three Europa League titles in a row?

Sevilla will go up against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool today; victory in the final again will allow Sevilla to automatically qualify for next year’s Champions League. Meanwhile Liverpool have been unstoppable whilst on the road to Basel.

Sevilla predicted XI - Liverpool: Can the Spanish side complete three Europa League titles in a row?
Sevilla players in training one day before the big game. | Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images Sport

Sevilla will face a Liverpool side tonight in the Europa League final that have turned into a tough side to face after bringing Jürgen Klopp in as their manager.

The Reds have been on a decent run in the league, and have decided to play a weak side in the past few weeks to keep their key players 100% fit for this game.

Who could Sevilla deploy in their XI then to face up to Liverpool's fresh legs?

Players still out

Unai Emery’s side still have a few players that won’t be able to make it for the final. Firstly, Michael Krohn-Dehli suffered a nasty knee injury at the end of April and won’t be available, with him expected to return just before 2017. Benoit Tremoulinas picked up a meniscus injury few weeks ago and won’t be returning to training until next month either.

Marco Andreolli, who has been injured since November with a achilles tendon injury, should be returning to training at the end of the month but won’t be able to make it for the match tonight. Ivan Lopez Alvarez is another player who is a few weeks away from returning to training, but has no chance of making it into the squad for the final.

Jose Antonio Reyes has been missing with a stomach injury since the end of last month and is a big doubt for the game. Daniel Carrico is the final player who seems like a doubt for the game, but should make it through into the first team.

Esudero in for Tremoulinas

After the 3-1 win at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan against Shakhtar Donetsk in the previous game in Europa League, nearly everyone should retain their places.

Soria will definitely keep his place in goal, the Spaniard has appeared in eight games in the competition but not once in the league.

Sergio Escudero is expected to carry on playing in the left-back role, with Tremoulinas still injured. Adil Rami and Carrico are most likely to partner up in the heart of defence, whilst Mariano carries on playing in the right-back position.

Steven N’Zonzi and Grzegorz Krychowiak are both expected to start in the centre of midfield. Both players have been important to Sevilla this season. The duo have created a great partnership when it comes to defending and not many players have the chance to go past them easily. But it will be a big test against a Liverpool side who play quick football.

Front four could remain the same

Ever Banega is expected to play in the number 10 role, this could be his final game for Sevilla as he will be a free agent in the summer. The Argentine has notched five goals and two assists in the league this season. It will be an emotional game for Banega, but could be a fantastic way to leave if he picks up another Europa League winners' medal.

Coke and Vitolo will more or less continue their roles out on the wings, both players have done a fine job for Sevilla this season. Coke’s preferred role is at right-back, so he will be given some freedom to attack from an advanced position. Meanwhile Vitolo has four goals and eight assists in all competitions this year.

Kevin Gameiro is pretty much nailed on to continue playing as the lone striker as the Frenchman has been on fine form this season. He will definitely be the key player that Liverpool should look out for; he has 16 goals and four assists in the league this season. He will be looking to win his third Europa League medal in a row with Sevilla.

Kevin Gameiro, Sevilla's key player for today | Photo: Alexey Furman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Kevin Gameiro, Sevilla's key player for today. | Photo: Alexey Furman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Predicted XI: Soria, Mariano, Rami, Carrico, Escudero, N’Zonzi, Krychowiak, Coke, Banega, Vitolo, Gameiro.

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