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Andrew Tibot 16th May 2016 - 10:10

Europa League Final Opta Facts

 

Opta Facts Europa League

Final

18 May 2016

Liverpool - Sevilla

o   This is the first ever meeting between Liverpool and Sevilla.

o   Sevilla and Liverpool have both won all of their finals in the Europa League/UEFA Cup: 4/4 and 3/3 respectively. Actually, no team has won the competition as often as the side from Andalucia.

o   It is Liverpool's first European final since 2007, when they faced AC Milan in the Champions League showpiece, losing 2-1.

o   It will be Liverpool's 12th major European final, having previously reached seven Champions League/European Cup finals, three Europa League/UEFA Cup finals and one in the Cup Winners Cup. They have won eight of them (73%).

o   Liverpool have won each of their two European finals against Spanish opposition, beating Real Madrid in the 1981 European Cup and Alavés in the 2001 UEFA Cup.

o   Liverpool have lost only one of their 14 games in the Europa League this season (W6 D7), that was against Villarreal in the semi-final first leg (1-0).

o   Liverpool have never scored more than one goal away from Anfield in the Europa League this season.

o   Liverpool have had 11 different scorers in this season's Europa League, more than any other team.

o   Only one of the last 10 finals in the Europa League/UEFA Cup has seen the team scoring first not lift the trophy (Dnipro, against Sevilla in 2015).

o   Sevilla have won four of the last 10 Europa League/UEFA Cup finals. They could become the first ever team in the competition to win the trophy three years in a row.

o   Sevilla have now reached each of the last three Europa League finals, the first side to ever reach the final of this competition in three consecutive years.

o   In fact, Spanish clubs have won seven of the last 12 editions of the Europa League/UEFA Cup (Sevilla 4, Atlético Madrid 2, Valencia 1).

o   Sevilla have won three of their eight European games against English opposition (D2 L3), including a 4-0 win over Middlesbrough in the 2006 UEFA Cup final.

o   Sevilla have won 13 of their last 18 games in the Europa League (D3 L2).

o   Sevilla played at St. Jakob Park earlier this campaign in the Europa League against Basel, drawing 0-0 in March.

o   Kevin Gameiro has had a hand in nine (seven goals, two assists) of Sevilla's 14 goals in this season's Europa League, including eight in his last five games (six goals, two assists).

o   Emre Can has attempted (41) and completed (34) more tackles than any other player in this season's Europa League.

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has lost his last four finals: the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund in 2013 (v Bayern Munich), the German Cup in 2014 (v Bayern Munich) and 2015 (v Wolfsburg); the League Cup with Liverpool in 2016 (v Manchester City).

 

 
 
 

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