Sevilla vs Arsenal. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats, and more

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Sevilla started their UCL journey with two draws, while Arsenal have 1 win and 1 loss. Will new coach Diego Alonso be able to set his team up to win in the 3rd round?

Sevilla FC will host Arsenal FC in the UEFA Champions League Group B 3rd round match at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium. The fixture will take place on Wednesday, October 25, beginning at 00:30 IST.

Parimatch News will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.

Sevilla News & Current Form: 

Sevilla lately have been frequent with changes on the coaching bridge. Just over a year ago, Julen Lopetegui left the team, who had been in charge since the summer of 2019. From early October to mid-March, the head coach was Jorge Sampaoli, whose work here frankly did not go well. 

But José Luis Mendilibar, who replaced him, despite his less high-profile name, unexpectedly turned out to be a hit in the bull’s-eye – albeit temporarily. However, under him, Sevilla managed to win its seventh UEFA Europa League, renewing its own record, and in the championship in the spring looked good. In fact, it was their victory in the Europa League that earned them a trip to the Champions League, as they were struggling to survive in La Liga.

But things have not gone well for Sevilla in the new season. The team started with three consecutive league defeats, and in the UEFA Super Cup, although they gave Manchester City a fight, they also lost on penalties. Then they managed to improve a little, but the Andalusians drew much more often than they won, and as a result Mendilibar was sacked.

He was replaced by Uruguayan Diego Alonso, for whom this is the first European experience as a team coach. The last place of work of the specialist was the national team of Uruguay, he left it after the failure of the team from the group at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

The appointment of a new coach has cheered up the team. In the match of the last round of the last round of Primera they played a draw with Real Madrid CF (1:1). However, it was not without luck that the Red and Whites clung on to the points.

Sergio Ramos made his first productive action after returning to the club, he assisted Nemanja Gudelj. However, then the defender brought a penalty and unsuccessfully played on the standard, which led to the second goal.

Ramos played a full match for Sevilla against his former club, notably having moved the ball away from his team’s goal in the first half after a dangerous Madrid attack. But still Sergio did not put his name on the scoreboard this time.

Sergio Ramos returned to his home club Sevilla after playing in Real Madrid

Over the course of the match, Sevilla did not yield to Madrid’s possession of the ball and surpassed them in the number of shots on goal and in the crossbar. The game ended in a draw. With a gap of 4 minutes both goals were scored: first David Alaba gave Sevilla the lead by cutting the ball into his own net on 74 minutes, and then Dani Carvajal equalized.

The main referee canceled two goals of the Whites in the first half, and also made several mistakes. Carlo Ancelotti said in his post-match interview that he would not say what he thought, as he might miss a lot of matches because of it. Later, Sevilla’s vice-president asked Real to stop putting pressure on referees by analyzing their actions on club television.

There were two events that can be noted from the football matters: firstly, Ramos managed to pinch the cheeks of Antonio Rüdiger, and secondly, after the end of the match it turned out that a fan who was shouting something extremely offensive against Vinicius Jr. was taken out of the stadium.

Sevilla started the current Champions League campaign with draws against RC Lens (1:1) and PSV Eindhoven (2:2). In the match against the Dutch, the Red and Whites twice led in the score, but allowed PSV to save themselves in the fifth penalty minute.

As a result, in nine meetings in La Liga this season, the Nervionenses won only the league newcomer UD Las Palmas (1:0) and UD Almeria (5:1). They also drew with CA Osasuna (0:0) and Rayo Vallecano (2:2). As a result, the Red and Whites are positioned at the bottom of the standings.

Before the start of the third round of the UCL Sevilla are third in Group B with two points. In order to keep their playoff chances alive, it is important for the Spaniards not to lose on Tuesday. It will be interesting to see the forward Youssef En-Nesyri, who was previously rumored to join Arsenal, probably his motivation in this game will be special. 

Arsenal News & Current Form: 

Arsenal are second in the Champions League after two rounds with 3 points. Already in the first round, he gave PSV a 4:0 thrashing: the striking force in the person of Luuk de Jong did not help the Eindhoven side, and the names on the scoreboard were recorded by Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard, Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaard

In the second round, the Gunners unexpectedly lost away to Lens (2:1), which made life and the tournament position much more difficult. Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring in the 14th minute, but with Londoners’ twofold advantage in possession of the ball, their French opponent managed to score twice, also equalizing on shots. 

There is a logical explanation for the defeat. In the 34th minute was injured and left the field Arsenal leader Bukayo Saka, recognized as the best young player in the EPL in the season-2022/2023. The forward felt a malaise for a long time, but Arteta continued to use his energy resources to the maximum, which led to the injury.

A boon for the Reds, Saka quickly recovered from the injury. He took part in the last round of the English Premier League match against Chelsea FC and helped his team to come back from 0:2. In the second half, the player looked quite convincing on the right and gave a pass to Trossard. Now he has four goals and three assists in eight matches in the Premier League.

The Blues took the lead after a penalty in the 15th minute from Cole Palmer and a goal in the 48th minute from Mykhaylo Mudryk who headed the ball into the goal from a very sharp angle. However, Declan Rice and Trossard equalized at the end of the game. Rice himself, often involved in attacks, was not always able to cope with Chelsea’s counterattacks.

Declan Rice showed great performance in a game against Chelsea FC

Arteta was pleased with his team’s performance in the last match. The coach liked what he saw in the locker room: there was silence, because everyone wanted to beat the Aristocrats. 

As a result, in nine rounds in the championship of England Londoners did not suffer a single defeat. The Gunners drew with Fulham FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC and Chelsea (in all three cases with a score of 2:2). Accordingly, they settled in second place in the standings. In addition, Londoners defeated Brentford FC (1:0) in the 1/16 finals of the League Cup

In the upcoming match Arteta will make a minimum rotation – now the team has room for variation and a number of players who can close several positions. Gabriel Martinelli and Trossard are practically equal and we can only guess which of them Arteta uses, but the Belgian is still more productive when he comes off the bench, and Martinelli during the first half.

It should be noted that Sevilla and Arsenal have crossed paths in Europe only once – in the 2007/08 season, in the group stage of the Champions League. In Seville, the Andalusians were stronger, winning 3:1. In London, Arsenal confidently dealt with the Spaniards with a score of 3:0.

Interestingly, since then, both teams have retained one player, who is likely to play now – it’s the unfading Jesus Navas, who has since gone to Manchester City for titles and returned to his hometown club.

Sevilla form guide: D-W-L-D-D-D

Arsenal form guide: D-W-W-L-W-D

Sevilla vs Arsenal Head-To-Head Record:

  • September 19, 2007: Arsenal 3 – 0 Sevilla (UEFA Champions League);
  • November 27, 2007: Sevilla 3 – 1 Arsenal (UEFA Champions League);
  • August 9, 2008: Arsenal 1 – 1 Sevilla (Amsterdam Tournament);
  • July 30, 2017: Arsenal 1 – 2 Sevilla (Emirates Stadium Cup);
  • July 30, 2022: Arsenal 6 – 0 Sevilla (Emirates Stadium Cup).

Sevilla vs Arsenal Predicted XI:

Sevilla’s possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Nyland; Navas, Gudelj, Ramos, Acuna; Sow, Soumare, Rakitic; Lukebakio, En-Nesyri, Ocampos.

Arsenal’s possible starting lineup (4-3-3): Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Rice, Partey; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.

Statistical preview of the match Sevilla vs Arsenal:

  • Sevilla’s First XI average age is 29.7 years, Arsenal’s First XI average age is 24.9 years.
  • The total value of Sevilla’s squad is 187 mln euros, while Arsenal’s is 1.10 bln euros.
  • Glenn Nyberg has been appointed as the center referee. The referee has already served six games this season, showing an average of 2.17 Yellow Cards and also whistles 22 fouls per game. 
  • In the last 5 games, Arsenal conceded an average of 0.80 goals per game and scored an average of 1.80 goals per game.
  • Sevilla conceded an average of 1.40 goals per game and scored an average of 2.00 goals per game in their last 5 games.
  • In nine rounds in the championship of England Arsenal have not suffered a single defeat.
  • Arsenal have won 15 of their last 26 away matches.
  • Sevilla have won 16 of their last 30 home matches.
  • Sevilla have not lost in 40 of their last 60 matches.
  • Sevilla’s last three matches in all competitions have ended in draws.
  • Arsenal have not conceded a goal in six of their 12 matches this season in all competitions.
  • This season, Sevilla’s games this season have seen an average of 10.85 corner kicks, while Arsenal’s games have seen an average of 10.31 corners. Of those, 5.54 of the standards from a corner of the pitch come from the Spanish team and 7.15 from the English side. 

What has been said before the match:

Diego Alonso about his team’s performance in his first match as coach against Real Madrid:

“Overall it was a good performance, they did what I asked of them, which was to be brave and stand up to Madrid. I’m proud of what the players did, although there are things to improve on, but it was much more positive.”

“We played out from the back, we built, we looked for spaces… There’s a lot to take from the performance, such as our commitment to press, defend, getting back in numbers… I’m happy with what I’ve seen and it’s a shame we didn’t come away with three points.”

“It’s the way I like to go and the way I’ve shown them. There’s still a long way to go but the way to build, based on belief, is to do things as we did today, to stand up without fear, without complexes, and go head-to-head with them… I’m happy with that but not the result, because winning is the only thing that matters.”

“The effort from today means Tuesday will be a challenge, especially based on who the opponents are. We have confidence in our resources and we’ll try to strengthen them and impose ourselves on the match.”

Gaffer of the Gunners Mikel Arteta ahead of the Champions League clash with Sevilla:

“There were a few lessons learned from the game with Lens, especially that in the Champions League you cannot give anything away. Both boxes are tremendously important to have control of the game, and there are going to be moments that can get away very quickly.”

“You have to understand why this is happening and how the game went away from us, but there was a lot on our side. To lose the game the way we did, even though looking about two times, we didn’t deserve that result.”

“There is a pressure of playing for big clubs where you have to win and you have to be at your best, and you have someone next to you that is pushing you every single day.”

“The opponents are really good and to win away from home is always difficult, but to win away from home in Europe, you see a shift in all the top teams that are not the same results. Margins become critical and the emotional state of the team in certain moments goes through difficult ones, so that’s absolutely key.”

Sevilla vs Arsenal Prediction:

Last season under Mendilibar, Sevilla were showing some classy football while beating the leaders from time to time. However, things have gotten a lot worse this season. The Red and Whites have not had the best start to the season again, at least in La Liga the situation is far from ideal – only 13th place after 9 rounds played, 8 points behind the Eurocup zone. However, the situation is far from hopeless, considering that they have 1 game in hand.

The Champions League should become, to some extent, an outlet for fans and club management, implying that they should do everything not to lose to anyone in the tournament behind the walls of their magnificent fortress, not even to Arsenal, which beat monstrous Manchester City not so long ago. 

Sevilla are a fiery team, and they play incredibly well at home. The Ramon Sanchez Pichuan boasts one of the best atmospheres not only in Spain, but in all of Europe. There they drive their players forward relentlessly, and this sometimes even hinders Sevillians: they start to fuss from the excess of emotion, looking for a pass for some reason, while it is possible to be more direct and shoot from that very position. Of course, Arsenal will possess the ball, it is undeniable. The Spaniards will look for their scoring chances in counterattacking forays. Given the past inarticulate performance against Chelsea, the Gunners can be expected to concede at least once, the trend says that the England side have conceded 4 goals in the last 3 matches. That said, we believe Arsenal will definitely be able to score in Spain, with the Londoners’ attack in good order – an average of 2 goals per 90 minutes.

Preparing for the 3rd match of the UCL group stage, Diego Alonso has a lot of positive moments to utilize as propellant – after the international break, the Red and Whites managed to take a point in the match against superior Real Madrid, with the Los Blancos playing no better than the hosts both in terms of stats and impression, and secondly – it was Carlo Anceloti’s boys who snatched a draw with a 78th minute equalizer. In general, we will not be surprised if the upcoming match ends in a draw, lately Sevillians have regularly split points, including in the Champions League. And the guests can not yet boast a steely confidence, although it shows a much more stable and prolific football. The Londoners are looking to win this clash to thwart the leader of Group B — Lens. Otherwise, they will make their prospects in the tournaments a lot cloudy. Sevilla, in their turn, are admitting the possibility to relegate to the Europa League playoffs from the 2nd place, at some point, they would decide to take 1 points by exploiting the low-block defense.

Parimatch News staff prediction:

We say: Arsenal will not lose and both will score — Yes.

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