Sevilla Chases Direct Champions League Qualification against GranadaPublished April 21, 2017 by Florin P
Sevilla needs all three points to keeps its hopes for a third place finish in the La Liga alive (8:00 p.m UK Time).
Sevilla has squandered valuable points in the domestic championship and can now only aspire at a place on the podium. Their elimination from the Champions League sent shockwaves throughout the fan base and more failures won’t be tolerated. What they chase right now might look like a consolation prize, but can actually mean a great deal. Sevilla needs to defeat Granada at home to secure direct qualification to the most prestigious European competition.
A Single Objective Left for Sevilla
Sevilla can finally rest keep players and use the best footballers in domestic championship matches. They don’t compete in any other tournament and still enjoy the complete support of their fans. At home they are a force to be reckoned with and have the second-best record, second only to Real Madrid. Victory over Granada should be easy under these circumstances, especially now that no players are injured.
The starting formation will feature two strikers, but the entire midfield plays an offensive role when necessary. Scoring goals on the road used to be a problem, but no longer and Sevilla can cross the threshold of 60 goals overall. Against Granada, they don’t need to worry too much about the backline, since the visitors are almost always passive away from home.
Only a Miracle Can Save Granada
The visitors lost all the important matches in April and failed to claim points against their direct counter candidate. The specter of relegation is looming and many players have already accepted this inevitable conclusion. Nothing short of a victory on the road tonight and back-to-back wins in the remaining grounds would help them avoid this fate.
Granada is forced to take chances despite their defensive frailty and this will provide Sevilla with countless opportunities. Punters should bet on the odds of 4/5 offered by bet365 Sports on the home side to win by two goals or more.