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Sevilla vs Benfica: Europa League Final 2014 Start Time, Live Stream, Prediction

LISBON, PORTUGAL - APRIL 24:  Ezequiel Garay of Benfica celebrates his goal during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final between SL Benfica and Juventus at Estadio da Luz on April 24, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2014

One of Europe's most prestigious tournaments will conclude on Wednesday, as the Europa League final takes place in Italy.

The match will be played at the Juventus Stadium in Turin between La Liga's Sevilla and Portuguese powerhouse Benfica

Benfica knocked out strong favourites Juve in the semi-finals, denying the Italian super club the opportunity to play a European final on their own soil. 

Sevilla have had a strong campaign this season and are fifth in La Liga, per Sky Sports. However, they have not won in their last three domestic league matches, per Squawka, and they are second favourites going into the match. 

Passage to the Final
Passage to the FinalUEFA.com

Here is how you can catch the action:

 

When: Wednesday, May 14, at 7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET

Where: Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy. 

TV: ITV4/ITV4 HD (U.K. only), Fox Sports 1 (U.S. only)

Live Stream: ITV Player (U.K. only), Fox Soccer (U.S. only)

 

Kevin Gameiro Fired Up To Beat Benfica

Miguel Angel Morenatti/Associated Press

On paper Sevilla are second best to a strong Benfica team who were runners-up in last year's Europa League final.

However, the Spanish club's top striker this year has stressed that his team are not going along just to make up the numbers.

Kevin Gameiro said of the match, per UEFA.com:

Let's just say we'll give everything from the first minute to the last. As I said, we will enjoy the moment and try to win the final, because we will not be going to Turin just to watch Benfica play.

The most important thing is to give everything and win this trophy. We know that it's very important for our club: they've won it twice before and we will try to win the third one.

Gameiro has been in excellent form for Sevilla since joining the club from Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

With 35 La Liga appearances now under his belt, the French forward has hit an impressive 15 goals during the league campaign, per WhoScored.com. In the Europa League he has been pivotal for his team, contributing five goals in 11 matches. 

Gameiro will need to be at the top of his game on Wednesday night, and if he can show some of the form that has made him such a success this year then Sevilla have a good chance of taking home the trophy for a third time in their history.

Benfica have a mean defence in the competition, only conceding four goals in their eight matches, per Squawka, but Gameiro has the quality to open up the Portuguese team if he is afforded the correct service.

 

Prediction

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After an impressive run, which has seen Benfica unbeaten in the competition since dropping out of the Champions League, the Portuguese League champions are the team to beat in Turin.

Domestically, Benfica have lost only two matches all season, per ESPN FC, and it has been one of their most impressive campaigns in recent times.

However, they have suffered injuries and suspension for this game, and that might hamstring them under the weight of expectation.

As reported by WhoScored.comEnzo Perez and Lazar Markovic are to miss the final after being sent off in the team's battle against Juventus in the semi-final. Salvio will also miss the game after receiving his third yellow card of the competition, triggering his suspension. Silvio and Fejsa are set to miss the final through injury.

But despite all of this, Benfica should have the firepower to see off their Spanish opponents and end their season in a perfect way as they are crowned Europa League champions for 2013-14.

Prediction: 3-1 to Benfica

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