Basel gears up to host the finals of the UEFA Europa league as Liverpool and Sevilla make the trip to contest in the biggest match of their season. A lot is at stake and both sides will have a grueling battle to decide the winner. Liverpool and Sevilla have had similar seasons in their domestic leagues with the former finishing 8th and the latter finishing 7th and this is their only chance to get an entry into the champions league for the next season. Here we take a look at three key battles that could decide the fate of this match.
Grzegorz Krychowiak vs Emre Can
This will be a battle of the midfield to determine who dominates proceedings. Both Can and Krychowiak have been good in the defensive midfield position for their respective clubs and will have to fight hard to hold possession. Sevilla have a similar formation and follow the approach of building a gameplay and for that a control over midfield is needed. This contest will determine who keeps the ball in the center of the park.
Kevin Gameiro vs Dejan Lovren
The Sevilla striker who is also known to play on the right wing will be a major threat to Liverpool in attack. He has partnered will with the likes of Konoplyanka. Lovren will need to mark this player as Gameiro has the ability to turn the game with his finishing and capitalize on the counter attacks. Liverpool defender will need to be on his toes and this duel will be one to watch out for. Also the absence of Sakho will be a key factor for Liverpool as Lovren will have to shoulder the responsibility of making the tackles and challenges inside the box.
Roberto Firmino vs Adil Rami
Sevilla will have their key defender to mark Sturridge but amidst this another crucial battle will be between Roberto Firmino and Adil Rami. The second striker of Liverpool will try his luck and create opportunities in and around the box and Rami will be the man to mark him and his movement. If Firmino manages to outplay Rami and get an early goal, Liverpool might be in a position to dominate the game from the proceedings. Also Firmino can partner with Coutinho in making those slick passes and one touch movements around the box to make opportunities for the striker.