Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan will host Thursday’s Europa League game between Sevilla and Dudelange. Los Sevillanos aim to keep their 100% record in the group stages intact and despite the fact that head coach Julen Lopetegui is likely to stick to his rotation policy, we predict that the La Liga side will pick up all three points from the match.
F91 Dudelange, on the other hand, did well to beat APOEL 4-3 on the road in their first group game, but they experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the 4-1 loss to Qarabag in front of home fans. The Luxembourg champions face an uphill task in the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan clash and they are unlikely to upset Sevilla, who are a real force to be reckoned with at home. Experienced Mexican attacker Javier Hernandez Chicharito is likely to lead the line for the hosts against F91 Dudelange.
Highlighted Player (Nolito):
Widely known as Nolito, Manuel Agudo Durán is a Spanish forward born on 15 October 1986 in Sanlucar de Barrameda, who has had an unconventional path to stardom. The highly rated footballer did not go through Barcelona’s famous La Masia youth academy, but he rather joined the B side in 2008 and went on to show a great deal of potential.
Nolito also made a couple of performances for the senior side, but ultimately left for Benfica in an attempt to secure regular playing time. That proved an excellent decision as the winger produced some scintillating showings at Estadio da Luz, and following a loan spell with Granada, he returned to La Liga to sign for Celta Vigo. During his time at Balaidos, Nolito developed into one of league’s leading footballers, usually playing on the left wing and wreaking havoc after cutting inside.
The experienced footballer scored almost 40 league goals in first 100 appearances for the Sky Blues, while also breaking into the Spain national team, and despite making his La Furia Roja debut at the age of 28, he quickly became an important player for the side.
Highlighted Team (Dudelange):
F91 Dudelange are the most famous Luxembourg club. Dudelange play their home games at Stade Jos Nosbaum stadium, which can hold no more than 2,558 spectators. Dudelange clinched their 14th trophy in the national championship in the 2017/2018 season, with the team finishing the campaign five points clear of Progres Niederkorn.
As a result, the Luxembourg champions booked their place in the Champions League qualifiers, but they failed to make it to the group stages of the elite competition as they were beaten by MOL Vidi of Hungaria in the two-legged tie. However, F91 Dudelange were producing thrilling displays in the Europa League qualifiers and, as a result, they make it to the group stages of the competition where they will face the likes of Milan, Real Betis and Olympiakos Piraeus.
The Luxembourg side wear sky blue and black shirts and black shorts when playing at home, whilst they away colours are yellow and black.