Sevilla’s love affair with the UEFA Europa League continues on Friday when the unrivaled conquerors of the competition meet Inter Milan, hoping to extend their record number of final victories to six.
Los Nervionenses lifted the last of three consecutive Europa League crowns when they beat Liverpool in 2016, but the threat of Antonio Conte’s Inter could be the biggest they’ve faced under such circumstances.
What TV Channel is Inter Milan-Sevilla on?
In the US, Inter Milan-Sevilla will be shown on TUDN at 3 p.m. ET on Friday, August 21. You can live stream every Champions League game on fuboTV.
When: Friday, August 21
Where: RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch Europa League on fuboTV for free)
Inter Milan v Sevilla Lineups
Inter Milan's lineup is unchanged from their semi-final win, with Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku expected to provide the attacking firepower as always.
Sevilla have released their lineup, with Luuk de Jong—who scored the winner over Manchester United in the semi-finals—usurping En-Nesyri for a starting spot up top.
Ten years have passed since the Nerazzurri defeated Bayern Munich to clinch the UEFA Champions League—their most recent appearance in a European final—but a win on Friday will pull them within one of the trophy leaders in the continent’s second-tier tournament:
Both teams head into the Europa decider having already secured Champions League qualification for next season through their league finishes, but that leeches none of the luster from this matchup.
Inter have enjoyed nearly flawless form since soccer resumed and won their last six matches in succession, going 11 games unbeaten and most recently hammering Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 to reach the final. Sevilla, meanwhile, have failed to record a loss in their last 20 outings across all competitions, keeping clean sheets in all but two of their last nine results.
It’s surprising to think this will be the first time these teams have met in UEFA competition, with Sevilla hoping to improve their record against Italian opposition having beaten AS Roma 2-0 in the round of 16. Inter also have recent history against Spanish resistance, however, after they bested Getafe by the same scoreline in the same stage of the contest.
The impact of former Chelsea boss Conte has been clear in his first season at Inter, and the acquisition of frontman Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United has been a particular boon.
Lukaku, 27, has scored in a record 10 consecutive Europa League games—his last seven games including the Champions League—and hopes to add to his haul of 33 goals in total this term.
Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur recently told BBC 5 Live Sport of the changes Conte made to get more from his star, who didn’t command the same respect at Old Trafford:
Alexis Sanchez is a doubt for Inter ahead of their visit to the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, while midfielder Matias Vecino will likely to miss out due to a knee injury. Sanchez has scored twice in five appearances against Sevilla, but the thigh complaint that kept him sidelined in the semi-final slaughter of Shakhtar leaves a question mark over his chances.
Lopetegui has no notable fitness concerns among his squad and could name an identical XI to the one that defeated United 2-1 in their semi-final. Luuk de Jong will hope to start after coming on to net a dramatic winner in that match, although Youssef En-Nesyri has taken the striker role in each of their last three games.
Inter Milan vs Sevilla Predicted Lineups
Inter Milan: Handanovic; De Vrij, Bastoni, Godin; Young, D’Ambrosio, Gagliardini, Brozovic, Barella; Martinez, Lukaku
Sevilla: Bounou; Navas, Reguilon, Carlos, Kounde; Fernando, Banega, Jordan; Suso, Ocampos, En-Nesyri