Surprisingly beaten final time out, three-time UEFA Europa League winners Sevilla will design to get their Group J debate behind on lane as they perform Turkish side Akhisar, who have nonetheless to equivocate improved in their entrance European campaign.
â€¢ The Spanish bar captivated Standard LiÃ¨ge 5-1 on matchday one to lengthen their 100% record of success from a subordinate phase, yet afterwards surrendered a lead to remove 2-1 divided to Krasnodar. Akhisar, meanwhile, followed adult a 0-1 home improved to a Russian bar on their European crawl by losing 2-1 in Belgium.
â€¢ This is Akhisar’s initial diversion opposite Spanish opponents.
â€¢ Sevilla have faced 3 other Turkish clubs, removing a improved of BeÅŸiktaÅŸ in a 2005/06 UEFA Cup organisation theatre â€“ en track to winning a prize â€“ and also Ä°stanbul BaÅŸakÅŸehir in final season’s UEFA Champions League play-offs, yet losing on penalties to FenerbahÃ§e in a 2007/08 UEFA Champions League turn of 16. They are dominant opposite SÃ¼per Lig antithesis during home (W2 D1).
â€¢ Although they were UEFA Champions League quarter-finalists final term, seventh place in Spain’s Liga meant that Sevilla’s initial compare behind in a UEFA Europa League given their 2016 final success opposite Liverpool was in a second subordinate round. They came by their opening tie, opposite Hungary’s Ãšjpest, with ease, winning both legs, and it was a same story in successive rounds opposite Å½algiris Vilnius and Sigma Olomouc.
â€¢ This is Sevilla’s fourth coming in a UEFA Europa League organisation stage. They have always progressed by to a knockout phase, winning a foe in both 2013/14 and 2014/15. The hat-trick delight of 2015/16 came after they had crossed over from a UEFA Champions League during a winter.
â€¢ Sevilla have won all 4 European home games this season, fluctuating to 13 matches their winning run during home to non-Spanish antithesis in a UEFA Europa League, subordinate included. Their final dual home defeats in this foe have both been to associate Liga sides â€“ 1-2 opposite Athletic Club in a 2015/16 quarter-finals and 0-2 opposite city rivals Betis in a 2013/14 turn of 16 â€“ yet Sevilla won both ties on penalties.
â€¢ Akhisar competent for their initial European debate â€“ and an involuntary place in a UEFA Europa League organisation theatre â€“ with a startle 3-2 win over FenerbahÃ§e in a 2018 Turkish Cup final. They finished 11th in a fasten â€“ 9 places and 30 points behind their shining Istanbul opponents.
Links and trivia
â€¢ As a Dnipro actor Akhisar’s Ukrainian brazen Yevhen Seleznyov came on as a surrogate in a 2015 UEFA Europa League final opposite Sevilla in Warsaw.
â€¢ Akhisar’s Miguel Lopes spent a 2010/11 deteriorate during Sevilla’s city rivals Real Betis, creation 21 fasten appearances. He also played for Granada â€“ as, briefly, did Dany Nounkeu â€“ while HÃ©lder Barbosa (AlmerÃa) and Abdoul Sissoko (HÃ©rcules, Garanada, Mallorca) have also played bar football in Spain.
â€¢ Sevilla’s Danish general defender Simon KjÃ¦r played for Turkish bar FenerbahÃ§e in 2015/16 and 2016/17, creation 55 SÃ¼per Lig appearances and scoring 3 goals.Â
â€¢ Pablo MachÃn was allocated by Sevilla as their new conduct manager on a two-year agreement in May 2018 â€“ a prerogative for 4 on-going campaigns during a helm of Catalan outfit Girona, whom he guided into a Spanish tip moody before surpassing expectations by heading them to a tenth-placed Liga finish in 2017/18. Forced to retire from personification during 23, he had a extensive organisation with home-town bar Numancia before fasten Girona in 2014. This is his initial deteriorate on a European stage.
â€¢ Cihat Arslan was allocated as Akhisar’s new conduct manager on 25 September, next Safet SuÅ¡iÄ‡. It is his second spell during a club, a initial durability for a generation of a 2015/16 deteriorate when he led Akhisar to an eighth-placed finish in a Turkish SÃ¼per Lig. A former defender who was a inhabitant champion early in his personification career with Galatasaray, he has coached a horde of Turkish clubs, many recently KarÅŸiyaka and Adanaspor.