Sevilla: Beto; Navarro, Parejo, Fazio, Coke; Carriço, Mbia; Vitolo, Rakitic, Reyes; Bacca.
Jairo Samperio will miss out due to an accumulation of yellow cards. Denis Cheryshev and Sebastián Cristóforo will be sidelined due to injuries.
Benfica: Moraes; Pereira, Garay, Luisao, Siqueira; Djuricic, Amorim, A.Gomes, Gaitan; Lima, Rodrigo.
André Gomes is available again after sitting out a ban, while Silvio and Fejsa will miss the final due to injuries.
Perez, Eduardo Salvio, and Lazar Markovic will be unavailable due to suspensions.
101GG Betting Tip:
Can Benfica finally end the curse the Bela Guttmann?
According to the legendary rumour, Benfica were cursed without winning a major honour for the next 100 years after the club refused to give Bela Guttmann a pay rise in 1962.
Since, the Eagles have incredibly been to seven European finals without ever winning one of the them.
Last year was perhaps the most incredible of fails for Benfica, as the Portuguese managed to lose the league, the cup and the Europa League final within seven days of football.
A season on, and Benfica have been able to check two chores off their list, having won the the league last month and the Taca da Liga, and the Eagles are no focused resolute to make the Europa League crown their own as well on Wednesday. (They are also in the Taca da Portigal final, meaning Benfica coud win a historic quadruple this season.)
Following the Eagles’ impressive feat in the semifinals, when they succeeded in eliminating top favourites Juventus, Benfica now seem the stronger side arriving to the final, but don’t discount Sevilla just yet.
The Spaniards have recovered from a slow start of the domestic campaign, and have climbed up to 5th spot, thereby securing a spot in next year’s Europa League. In the previous round the Rojiblancos knocked out fellow Spanish side Valencia, scoring a late away goal to progress on away goals.
Sevilla also have an excellent track record in this competition, having twice won it in 2006 and 2007.
Additionally, Benfica has had its difficulties with Spanish opposition – they have not won any of the last 14 matches against their Iberian neighbours.
Expect a terrific game of football at the Juventus Stadium in Torino, in a match we think the Bela Guttmann curse could finally be done away with.
101GG Prediction: Sevilla 1 – Benfica 2
Some essential facts to help with online betting:
The clubs’ only previous UEFA meeting came in the preliminary round of the 1957/58 European Champion Clubs’ Cup; Sevilla beat Benfica 3-1 at home, progressing with a 0-0 draw in Lisbon.
In terms of European trophies, the sides are equal with two each; however, Benfica have suffered seven final defeats since winning their second Champion Clubs’ Cup win in 1962, while Sevilla boast a 100% record in UEFA finals to date.
Sevilla’s only previous UEFA finals were: 2-2 after extra time (3-1 on penalties) v RCD Espanyol in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup, and 4-0 v Middlesbrough in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup
Benfica have never won the UEFA Cup or Europa League, but have been runners-up in both versions of the competition – to RSC Anderlecht in the two-legged 1982/83 final, and to Chelsea FC in last season’s Amsterdam decider.
The Eagles reached the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals in 2009/10, the semi-finals in 2010/11 and – after a one-season absence from the competition – the 2012/13 final.
Benfica’s two European Cup final victories are also the only two previous occasions when Spanish and Portuguese clubs have met in major UEFA finals.