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Europa League 2016 Final – Stats & Trivia

The UEFA Europa League 2016 final will be played on 18th May at the St. Jakob- Park in Basel, Switzerland between Liverpool & defending champions Sevilla.

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Liverpool and Sevilla face-off in the Europa League final, with the winner set to earn Champions League qualification for next season.
The Reds play their first European final in 9 years, after their loss to AC Milan in the 2007 Champions League final. Coach Jurgen Klopp has overseen some stupendous Liverpool performances in this season’s Europa League. The victories against Dortmund and Villareal, at Anfield, showed the character he has instilled in his team. Klopp is likely to miss Origi, who is yet to be cleared to play. Sturridge, who has himself been in good nick, will start in a front three of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino. Kolo Toure, in for the suspended Sakho, will partner Dejan Lovren in defense with Moreno and Milner as full-backs. Emery Can & Adam Lallana should be in charge of mid-filed responsibilities.Sevilla sit on the brink of history, eyeing a third Europa league title in as many years. In a not so fruitful La Liga campaign, Sevilla finished seventh and were the only side in the top 5 European leagues to not win a single away game.

A lot is at stake & neither coach will underestimate each other’s chances in this final.

Europa League 2016 Final – Stats

  • The UEFA Europa League 2016 final will be played on 18th May at the St. Jakob- Park in Basel, Switzerland between Liverpool & two time defending champions Sevilla.
  • This will be the first European Club final hosted at the St. Jakob-Park.
  • Neither Liverpool nor Sevilla have lost in the Europa League/ UEFA Cup final before.
  • This is Liverpool & Sevilla’s first meeting in a European Competition.
  • This is Liverpool’s 12th final in a European Competition.
  • Jonas Eriksson from Sweden has been chosen as the referee for the Europa League Final.
  • Liverpool have won 14, drawn 10 & lost 10 of their 34 matches against Spanish teams in UEFA competitions.
  • Sevilla have won 3, drawn 2 & lost 3 of their 8 matches against English teams in UEFA competitions.
  • Liverpool, with three UEFA Cup titles to their names, need one more title to match Sevilla’s record of four titles in the competition.
  • Liverpool’s last UEFA Cup win, in 2001, was a remarkable 5-4 extra-time win against Spanish side Alavés. Sevilla, back then, had never won any European competition & were playing in Spain’s second tier.
  • Liverpool have lost just once in 14 UEFA Europa League games this season (W6 D7 L1), while Sevilla, after transferring across from the UEFA Champions League group stage, have won 4, drawn 2 & lost 2.
  • Liverpool have played twice at St. Jakob-Park and have yet to win – 1 draw & 1 loss. Sevilla’s only trip to Basel ended in a goalless draw.

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