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Published in Football Transfers
Monday, 08 January 2018 13:20

The Blues striker has struggled to make an impact since joining the club 18 months ago, with Alvaro Morata the preferred choice in attack

Montella set to coach Sevilla after reaching agreement

Published in Spain Primera Division
Friday, 29 December 2017 09:46

Former AC Milan and Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella is set to take charge of Sevilla after reaching an agreement with the Liga club on Thursday.

Montella will replace Eduardo Berizzo who was sacked last Friday following a run of poor results, only a week after returning to work following an operation to treat prostate cancer.

Sevilla said that Montella would travel to Spain as soon as he had terminated his contract with AC Milan where he was fired as coach at the end of last month.

"Sevilla FC and the Italian coach Vincenzo Montella have reached an agreement for him to become coach of the first team until June 2019," said the club in a statement.

Montella, 43, is a former striker who played for Genoa, Sampdoria and AS Roma and also made 20 appearances for Italy.

His coaching career has included three seasons with Fiorentina, finishing fourth in Serie A in each, one with Sampdoria and one-and-a-half with Milan.

He will be the only Italian coach in La Liga, Gianni De Biasi having been fired by Alaves at the end of November.

Berizzo was sent packing despite Sevilla lying a respectable fifth in the table and having qualified for the last sixteen of the Champions League, where they will face Manchester United.

He replaced fellow Argentine Jorge Sampaoli who left after the end of last season to take charge of his country's national team.

Sevilla sack Eduardo Berizzo

Published in Spain Primera Division
Saturday, 23 December 2017 10:16

Sevilla have confirmed that they have sacked manager Eduardo Berizzo and hope to have a new coach in charge after the winter break.

Berizzo was hired in the summer to replace Jorge Sampaoli who left to take over the Argentine national team.

He had previously managed Celta Vigo where he took them to the semi-finals of the Europa League.

The club's statement mentioned the team's poor start to the season as the reason for Berizzo's dismissal.

Sevilla currently sit fifth in La Liga but they have played more games than the teams directly above and below them.

Berizzo recently returned to the club's dugout after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo told players of cancer diagnosis during Liverpool match

Published in Spain Primera Division
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 11:29

Sevilla coach Eduard Berizzo told his players he is suffering from prostate cancer at half-time of the Champions League match against Liverpool, before his team came back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3.

When Guido Pizarro scored an injury-time goal to equalise for the home side, the club's players ran to celebrate with their coach, and the club later confirmed a prostate cancer diagnosis after the match.

A club statement read: "The medical services of Sevilla FC report that the coach of the first team, Eduardo Berizzo, has been diagnosed with an adenocarcinoma (malignant tumour) of the prostate.

"The future examinations will allow us to decide which are the steps to follow regarding the treatment."
Liverpool took a 3-0 lead at half-time, but the Sevilla players were told of Berizzo's diagnosis which appears to have spurred them on to claim a point with a dramatic comeback.

After the match, midfielder Ever Banega told reporters: "We had to come out (after being 3-0 down at the break) with a different attitude, for the fans, who have always supported us, and also the coach, who has reversed our situation.

" He's the biggest fan we have. "
"He has taken us on the right path and we're with him all the way," he added in comments made before Berizzo's diagnosis had been made public.

Berizzo took over at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan in the summer after spending three seasons at Celta Vigo, who he also played for between 2001-05.

Atletico Madrid vs Sevilla: Preview and Predictions

Friday, 22 September 2017 13:02

Game week 6 of Spanish Primera Division brings us an interesting duel between Atletico Madrid and Sevilla at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Atletico Madrid

With 11 points, they are currently sitting at the 3rd place in the league table. They are coming from their third win for the season. They visited Athletic Bilbao and won with a score of 1-2. Correa, their top scorer, and Carrasco scored the two goals for Atletico Madrid. They’ve failed to score only once so far, in a goal-less draw away against Valencia.


Sevilla is coming from their fourth consecutive clean-sheets win. They hosted Las Palmas and won with a narrow 1-0 win. Navas was the scorer of the one goal in the match. So far, they scored only once more than one goal in a match. They are on a great streak, and are sitting at the 2nd place in the league table with 13 points.

Atletico Madrid vs Sevilla: Head to head

They have had 45 head to head encounters in total so far. It’s interesting that their wins and draws are equally divided. They both have 15 wins respectively and they drew 15 times. During the previous season, both teams won at their own turf. Atletico Madrid won at home with a score of 3-1. That was the only of their last 6 duels that saw both teams scoring.

Atletico Madrid vs Sevilla: Prediction

Atletico Madrid have the advantage of the home turf and they are the favourites in this fixture. They won the last five matches they played at home. Also, they conceded 5 goals (never more than a goal per match) at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan since February. So, we believe the hosts will be happy with a narrow win, without allowing their opponents to score

Sevilla make Liverpool pay as Spurs learn Wembley way

Published in Champions League
Thursday, 14 September 2017 06:48

Jack Lang picks through the bones of an entertaining second day of Champions League action.

Liverpool v Sevilla predictions: Champions League match preview

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 09:22

Despite losing 5-0 at the weekend, Liverpool are a different animal at Anfield, especially on big European nights.

The Reds will also be looking to exact revenge for the 2016 Europa League final.

That said, Sevilla head into the match in fine form and look good to at least bag an away goal.

Liverpool v Sevilla betting tips
Liverpool are overwhelming favourites (7/10) to make home advantage count.

Sevilla at 4/1 look like a tasty bet considering their good start to the season and extensive European experience.

Sadio Mane to bounce back from his red card and score first is 9/2.
Liverpool v Sevilla: Champions League preview
After a two-year hiatus, Liverpool return to Champions League action on Wednesday night.

The five-time European Cup champions begin their Group E campaign at home to Sevilla. Liverpool are also joined in the group with Russian side Spartak Moscow and Maribor of Slovenia.

Jurgen Klopp’s side come into the match on the back of a humiliating 5-0 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday.

Following their 4-0 win over Arsenal, Liverpool capitulated at the Etihad, picking up their first defeat of the season. The result pushes Liverpool down to eighth position in the Premier League table.

Liverpool qualified for the group stage after a 6-3 aggregate win over Hoffenheim in the play-off round.

Sevilla’s top form
Sevilla moved up to third in La Liga following their 3-0 win over Eibar on Saturday. Ganso, Wissam Ben Yedder, and Nolito were all among the goals.

Eduardo Berizzo’s side are unbeaten this season, winning three and drawing two of their five games in all competitions.

Sevilla also had to negotiate the play-off round to reach the group stage. The Spanish side saw off Basaksehir 4-3 on aggregate.

The last time Liverpool played Sevilla was in the 2016 Europa League final. After Daniel Sturridge put the Reds ahead, goals from Gameiro and Coke (2) handed Sevilla their third consecutive win in the competition.

Liverpool team news v Sevilla: Philippe Coutinho’s return
Following a whirlwind summer, Philippe Coutinho could make his first appearance of the season for Liverpool.

Sadio Mane is available for the match, despite his straight red card on Saturday. His three-game suspension only applies to domestic matches.

Klopp has confirmed that Mohamed Salah is fine and that the Egyptian’s half-time withdrawal on Saturday was purely tactical.

Alberto Moreno could face his former side. The full-back was part of the Sevilla squad to win the Europa League in 2014.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his Liverpool debut in the 5-0 defeat. The signing from Arsenal could make his first start if Klopp chooses to rotate his side.

It’s unclear which goalkeeper is Klopp’s first choice, although neither one of Simon Mignolet or Loris Karius have covered themselves in glory.

Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana are long-term absentees.

Sevilla team news v Liverpool: Nolito doubtful
Goalkeeper David Soria is out with a finger injury picked up in the first match of the season.

Summer signing Nolito is also sidelined after picking up a late thigh injury in Saturday’s win.


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