The 2022/23 Europa League season ends this Wednesday with the competition’s record holders Sevilla facing Italian side AS Roma.
Sevilla come into this game looking to extend their incredible record in the tournament. The Spanish side have won the Europa League six times, which is the most for any club.
The Andalusian side booked their place in the final thanks to a 3-2 aggregate win over Juventus. However, they are travelling to Budapest in bad form, with no win in their last four games (D3, L1).
However, the loss in that sequence came in their last game– a 2-1 loss to Real Madrid in La Liga. But José Luis Mendilibar made many changes for that game against Madrid, so his boys should be physically and mentally fresh for their visit to Budapest.
Yet, the fact is that Sevilla haven’t won any of their four UEL away games this season (D2, L2). Furthermore, they are winless in 13 games outside of Spain in European competition, which makes lifting another UEL trophy here far from straightforward.
Meanwhile, Roma and Jose Mourinho will look to continue his impressive record in finals when he takes his side to Budapest on Wednesday.
The Portuguese manager has never lost a final and will look to build on his achievement of winning the Europa Conference League with Roma last season.
But like Sevilla, the Giallorossi fell to a 2-1 defeat against Fiorentina in Serie A at the weekend. That loss means that Roma are on the verge of missing out on the Europa League as they sit in sixth position. This makes winning this trophy even more important as it would give them a free pass to the Champions League next season.
Roma are without a win in four games (D3, L1) and are also winless in their last four Europa League games held outside of Italy (D2, L2).
However, Mourinho knows how to lift trophies and will bank on them to deliver at Budapest. He will be desperate here, too, as winking will make him the most decorated manager in the history of major European competition.
Meanwhile, the previous 13 UEL finals have seen an average of 2.92 goals per game. So we can expect over 2.5 goals in this game.