Friday, 18 May 2007

2007 UEFA Cup Final

Two Spanish soccer teams will meet up for the first time in the 2007 UEFA Cup Final game on Wednesday, when Sevilla battles Espanyol in Glasgow, Scotland. The clear favorite heading into this match is Sevilla. They're the defending UEFA Cup champions and have had a much better season in the Spanish soccer league than Espanyol has had. Sevilla still has a real chance at winning the Spanish league title, as they sit only two points out of first place. If Sevilla could capture that title it would be a huge upset over frontrunners Barcelona and Real Madrid. In the UEFA Cup Final the players to watch for on the Sevilla side include Fredi Kanoute, Luis Fabiano and Javier Chevanton. This lethal trio makes up one of the top strikeforces in the soccer world and so far in the UEFA they have been performing up to par, especially Fabiano who netted a goal in Sevilla's semifinal clincher versus Osasuna. Sevilla also boasts one of the best midfielders in Daniel Alves. Alves is a superb setup man and has notched 16 assists this 2007 soccer season. Even with Alves at midfield, Sevilla could have a question mark at the position if Adriano Correia isn't ready to go. The Brazilian is a dynamic defensive presence, but has missed Sevillla's last two soccer games due to a strained thigh muscle. Adriano is expected back for the final, but he may not be at 100 percent. For Espanyol to win this match they'll need more magic from Walter Pandiani. The striker from Uruguay was brought over from Birmingham City this year and so far the move has really paid off. Pandiani is the UEFA Cup scoring leader with 11 goals. If Pandiani can continue to find the back of the net with regularity and Espanyol can get something out of their other goal scorers Luis Garcia and Tamudo then they could have an upset on their hands. Espanyol should have plenty of motivation to bring the UEFA Cup home because it's unlikely they?ll even be in the running for it next season. Espanyol currently sits in 12th place in the Spanish league, but only the Top 6 soccer teams earn a spot in the UEFA Cup next season. In last year's UEFA Cup Final played at Philips Satadion in Eindhoven, Sevilla trounced Middlesbrough 4-0. Fabiano scored Sevilla?s first goal in the win, while Mareca scored twice and Kanoute buried the fourth goal of the game. Sevilla and Espanyol last met up way back on December 3, 2006 when Espanyol upset Sevilla 2-1. Kanoute gave Seville an early lead at the 25th minute in that game, but Garcia tied it up for Espanyol at the 68th minute. Kameni scored what turned out to be the game-winner for Espanyol in the 79th minute. Another close game is expected between the two Spanish clubs on Wednesday. Check out our Soccer Betting Odds at About the author: 2007 UEFA Cup Final by Ecobika Football betting, bet with wagerweb.

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