Despite currently enduring their worst La Liga season for decades, Sevilla might just do what they always do and win the Europa League.
In the first leg, Jorge Sampaoli’s side blew away PSV at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, scoring three times in a ten minute spree either side of half time.
Youssef En-Nesyri broke the deadlock in first half injury time, before Lucas Ocampos and then Nemanja Gudelj were also both on target.
So, to say los Nervionenses are in pole position to get through this tie would be an understatement.
As mentioned, Sevilla are currently 12th in La Liga, following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano.
However, los Hispalenses are the record six-times winners of this tournament, only entering ten times since their maiden triumph in 2006.
With little to play for domestically, Sevilla could go all in on this competition, which is ominous for the rest of the field.
As for PSV Eindhoven, they were the top-scorers in the Europa League group stages, narrowly missing out on top spot to Arsenal.
Now though, baring an historic turnaround, Ruud van Nistelrooy’s team will be exiting Europe here.
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PSV Eindhoven team news
In fairness to Ruud van Nistelrooy, his squad was severely weakened in January by the sales of Cody Gakpo and Noni Madueke.
In have come Fábio Silva and Thorgan Hazard, on loan from Wolves and Borussia Dortmund respectively.
Their talisman remains 19 year old Xavi Simons, who’s scored 13 goals this season, and was outstanding in the home win over Arsenal.
Ahead of Sunday’s crucial Eredivisie match against FC Twente, does van Nistelrooy target an unlikely turnaround, or keep his powder dry for domestic matters?
Sevilla team news
Defenders Marcão and Karim Rekik are injured, leaving them short of centre-back options, while Papu Gómez, Ivan Rakitić and Tecatito Corona are also sidelined.
So Nemanja Gudelj, who scored the third goal a week ago, will continue to fill in at the back.
Youssef En-Nesyri has found form in recent weeks, scoring eight goals since 4 January, more times than he netted in the entirety of 2022.