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Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League Finals Preview & Tips

After what has been an exciting year across all three European competitions, the three finals of the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League have been decided.

Three Italian teams, two English teams and one from Spain will contest the finals across the coming weeks, all with the aim of lifting one of the three European trophies available to be won each season.

In this article, we are going to preview each of the three finals, giving you a preview of both teams.

We will then make our predictions for the result and what tips to back for each game.

Betting on all three finals is available with bet365 Sport right now, with plenty of pre-match markets available for the matches.

You can even try out some of the banker bets, accumulator bets and other multiple selection bets we mentioned in our article a few weeks back.

Additionally, more markets (such as goalscorer markets) will also become available nearer the kick off time and remember too, you can also bet in play on each of the three games.

So without any further delay, let’s preview each of the three finals in chronological order in which they will be played, starting with the Europa League Final.

Europa League Final

AS Roma v Sevilla

  • Date – Wednesday 31st May 2023
  • Kick Off Time – 8pm
  • Venue (capacity) – Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary (67,215)
  • Referee – Anthony Taylor (Eng)
  • Live Coverage – BT Sport
  • Early Full Time Result Odds – AS Roma 15/8, Draw – 2/1, Sevilla 17/10

Match Preview

After two very tight semi-final ties, AS Roma and Sevilla progressed at the expense of Bayer Leverkusen and Juventus respectively to meet in the Europa League Final in Hungary in the first of the three UEFA Finals to be contested.

Jose Mourinho’s Roma team are going for their second European trophy in successive seasons after winning last year’s inaugural Europa Conference League Final with a 1-0 win over Dutch title winners Feyenoord.

However, they face a stern test in the shape of Sevilla, who are the most successful club in the history of this competition, winning it six times and never losing a final.

Early odds suggest that punters are backing AS Roma as the slight favourites here, which I must admit, I find quite surprising, so let’s see how their squad’s compare.

Players in italics are away from the club on loan elsewhere but had been allocated the shown squad number.

Squad Comparison

AS RomaPosNo.PosSevilla
Rui PATRICIOGK1GKMarko DMITROVIC
Rick KARSDORPDR2DRGonzalo MONTIEL
Roger IBANEZDMC3DMLAlex TELLES
Bryan CRISTANTEDMC4DCKarim REKIK
  5AMLCLucas OCAMPOS
Chris SMALLINGDC6DCNemanja GUDELJ
Lorenzo PELLEGRINIMC7AMRSUSO
Nemanja MATICMC8MCJuan JORDAN
Tammy ABRAHAMAC9ACTecatito CORONA
  10MRCIvan RAKITIC
Andrea BELOTTIAC11  
  12AMRCRafa MIR
  13GKBONO
Diego LLORENTEDLC14DCTanguy NIANZOU
  15ACYoussef EN-NESYRI
  16DMRJesus NAVAS
  17AMRErik LAMELA
Ola SOLBAKKENAMR18MCPapa GUEYE
Zeki CELIKDR19DMLMarcos ACUNA
Mady KAMARADMC20MCFERNANDO
Paulo DYBALAAMC21AMCOliver TORRES
  22DCLoic BADE
Gianluca MANCINIDRC23DCMARCAO
Marash KUMBULLADC24AMLCPapu GOMEZ
Georginio WIJNALDUMMC25AMLBryan GIL
  26DRPablo PEREZ
  27ACCarlos ALVAREZ
  31GKAlberto FLORES
  36GKMatias ARBOL
Leonardo SPINAZZOLADML37  
  43MCManu BUENO
Edoardo BOVEMC52  
Ebrima DARBOEDMC55  
Nicola ZALEWSKIDML59  
Cristian VOLPATOAMC62  
Pietro BOERGK63  
Benjamin TAHIROVICDMC68  
Stephan EL SHAARAWYAMRC92  
Mile SVILARGK99  
Backroom Staff & Owners
Jose MOURINHOManagerJose Luis MENDILIBAR
Salvatore FOTIAssistant ManagerFran RICO
Giovanni CERRA1st Team CoachJuan DIAZ
The FRIEDKIN GROUPOwnerSEVILLASTAS de Nervion S.A

Match Prediction

These two teams look well-matched on paper and you can never under-estimate a Jose Mourinho team, but regardless of the odds, I do feel that Roma are the underdogs here simply due to Sevilla’s astonishing record in this competition.

The Spanish side have disposed of Manchester United and Juventus from the tournament in the last two rounds and fans are probably already thinking that their incredible record in this competition will soon extend to seven wins from seven finals.

That may well be the case, but I think it may take extra time and maybe even penalties to decide the winner, but I am going with Sevilla to pick up the trophy at the end of the game.

Betting Tips

  • Full Time Result – Draw – 2/1
  • Correct Score – AS Roma 1-1 Sevilla (90 mins) – 5/1
  • To Lift the Trophy – Sevilla – 4/5

Europa Conference League Final

Fiorentina v West Ham United

  • Date – Wednesday 7th June 2023
  • Kick Off Time – 8pm
  • Venue (capacity) – Eden Arena, Prague, Czechia (19,370)
  • Referee – Carlos del Carro Grande (Esp)
  • Live Coverage – BT Sport
  • Early Full Time Result Odds – Fiorentina – 9/5, Draw – 11/, West Ham – 6/4

Match Preview

It has been Fiorentina’s away form that has been the catalyst for their first appearance in a European final since the 1990 UEFA Cup Final, coming from 2-1 down in the home leg to beat FC Basel 3-1 in Switzerland thanks to a goal deep into added time in extra time.

In contrast, West Ham’s form in the competition has been almost perfect with the Hammers winning 13 of the 14 games they played in the competition this season, drawing the other. Form which has taken them to their first European final since 1976.

Both teams have won one European trophy between them and Fiorentina are the first team to appear in the final of all four possible European competitions, the European Cup/Champions League, UEFA Cup/Europa League, the defunct Cup Winners Cup and now the Europa Conference League.

Let’s now take a look at how the two teams shape up against each other for the big game.

Players in italics are away from the club on loan elsewhere but had been allocated the shown squad number.

Squad Comparison

FiorentinaPosNo.PosWest Ham United
Pietro TERRACCIANOGK1GKLukas FABIANSKI
DODODR2DRBen JOHNSON
Cristiano BIRAGHIDL3DLAaron CRESSWELL
Nikola MILENKOVICDC4DCKurt ZOUMA
Giacomo BONAVENTURADMC5DRVladimir COUFAL
Luka JOVICAC7ACGianluca SCAMACCA
Riccardo SAPONARAMC8AMLCPablo FORNALS
Arthur CABRALAC9AMRCMichail ANTONIO
Gaetano CASTROVILLIMRC10MLCManuel LANZINI
Jonathan IKONEAML11AMCLucas PAQUETA
  12MCFlynn DOWNES
  13GKAlphonse AREOLA
  14MRCMaxwell CORNET
Aleksa TERZICDL15  
Luca RANIERIDC16  
  18ACDanny INGS
  20AMRJarrod BOWEN
  21DCAngelo OGBONNA
Nicolas GONZALEZAC22AMCSaid BENRAHMA
Lorenzo VENUTIDR23  
  24DRThilo KEHRER
  25GKNathan TROTT
  27DCNayef AGUERD
Lucas Martinez QUARTADC28  
  29  
Michele CEROFOLINIGK31  
Alfred DUNCANMLC32  
Riccardo SOTTILAMLR33DMLEMERSON Palmieri
Sofyan AMRABATMC34  
Rolando MANDRAGORADMC38  
  41DMCDeclan RICE
Alessandro BIANCOMC42  
Salvatore SIRIGUGK56  
Antonin BARAKAMC72ACDivin MUBAMA
Josip BREKALOAMR77  
IGORDC98  
Christian KOUAMEAC99  
Backroom Staff & Owner
Vincenzo ITALIANOManagerDavid MOYES
Daniel NICCOLINIAssistant ManagerBilly MCKINLAY, Alan IRVINE
Marco TURATI1st Team CoachKevin NOLAN
New ACF FIORENTINA SRLOwnerDavid SULLIVAN

Match Prediction

It is going to be interesting to see how this match pans out. Neither team has particularly great domestic form, but they have performed well in the Europa League with West Ham unbeaten and Fiorentina’s outstanding away form being the foundation for their progress into the final.

With this game being on a neutral venue in Prague, that does seem to be to Fiorentina’s advantage, but it is worth noting that West Ham have won six and drawn one of the seven away games they have played in this competition so far this season.

Both teams have potential match-winners in their squads but I do feel West Ham may have a little extra attacking depth in attack. Could that prove to be decisive if this game goes to extra time, or will the match be concluded within the 90 minutes.

I have a feeling it will be the latter as you can see from my tips below.

Betting Tips

  • Full Time Result – Fiorentina – 9/5
  • Correct Score – Fiorentina 2-1 West Ham United – 10/1
  • To Lift the Trophy – Fiorentina – 6/5

Champions League Final

Inter Milan v Manchester City

  • Date – Saturday 10th June
  • Kick Off Time – 8pm
  • Venue (capacity) – Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey (76,092)
  • Referee – Szymon Marciniak (Pol)
  • Live Coverage – BT Sport
  • Early Full Time Result Odds – Man City – 2/5, Draw – 15/4, Inter – 11/2

Match Preview

Can Inter Milan upset the odds and earn their fourth Champions League success, or will Manchester City finally get their hands on the trophy that they most covet for the first time after having lost in their only other final appearance to Chelsea in 2021.

Inter came through their semifinal against city rivals AC Milan in surprisingly comfortable fashion, earning a 3-0 aggregate win, winning the ‘away’ leg 2-0 and then following that up with a 1-0 win in their ‘home’ leg, though both games were played at the San Siro.

City earned a 1-1 draw in their first leg away to Real Madrid, but produced a scintillating performance in the home leg, thrashing the current European Champions 4-0 for a huge statement win that emphasised their place as favourites to win the trophy.

Let’s now take a look at how the two squads compare against each other.

Players in italics are away from the club on loan elsewhere but had been allocated the shown squad number.

Squad Comparison

Inter MilanPosNo.PosManchester City
Samir HANDANOVICGK1  
Denzel DUMFRIESDR2DRCKyle WALKER
  3DCRuben DIAS
  4DMCKalvin PHILLIPS
Roberto GAGLIARDINIMC5DMRCJohn STONES
Stefan DE VRIJDC6DRLCNathan AKE
  7DRJoao CANCELO
Robin GOSENSDL8MCIlkay GUNDOGAN
Edin DZEKOAC9ACErling HAALAND
Lautaro MARTINEZAC10AMLJack GREALISH
Joaquin CORREAAC11  
Raoul BELLANOVADR12DCTaylor HARWOOD-BELLIS
  13GKZack STEFFEN
Kristjan ASLLANIMC14DCAymeric LAPORTE
Francesco ASCERBIDC15  
  16DMCRODRI
  17AMRCKevin DE BRUYNE
  18GKStefan ORTEGA
  19ACJulian ALVAREZ
Hakan CALHANOGLUAMC20DMALCBernardo SILVA
Alex CORDAZGK21DRCSergio GOMEZ
Henrikh MKHITARYANMC22  
Nicolo BARELLADMC23  
Andre ONANAGK24  
  25DRLCManuel AKANJI
  26AMRRiyad MAHREZ
  31GKEDERSON
Federico DIMARCODML32DMCMaximo PERRONE
Danil D’AMBROSIODRC33GKScott CARSON
Matteo DARMIANDRC36  
Milan SKRINIARDC37AMLCKAYKY
Valentin CARBONIAMC45  
Mattia ZANOTTIDR46  
Alessandro FONTANAROSADC47AMLCPhil FODEN
Marcelo BROZOVICMC77  
  80MLCCole PALMER
  82DMRCRico LEWIS
Romelu LUKAKUAC90  
Alessandro BASTONIDC95  
Backroom Staff & Owners
Simone INZAGHIManagerPep GUARDIOLA
Massimilian FARISAssistant ManagerRodolfo BORELLI
Mario CECCHI1st Team CoachEnzo MARESCA, Carlos VICENS
Steven ZHANGOwnerKhaldoon AL MUBAREK

Match Prediction

The big question here is whether Inter Milan can come up with a plan to stifle Manchester City and how Pep Guardiola has his team playing. That is a big ask for the Italian side especially seeing how easily City brushed past Real Madrid in the semi-final.

Inter will certainly be heavily reliant on their defence in this game but it is hard to see how a team can keep City out if they don’t manage to deny City possession in the game and I can’t see Inter Milan having the quality to do that.

With City having the possession in their favour, I think Inter will be under pressure from the off and at some point it will break and while the Italians might bag a goal on the counter attack, I still feel Manchester City will be more than strong enough to land the win here.

Betting Tips

  • Full Time Result – Manchester City to win – 2/5
  • Correct Score – Inter Milan 1-3 Manchester City – 11/1
  • To Lift the Trophy – Manchester City – 1/5

*all odds shown in this article were taken from bet365 Sport and were correct at the time of writing but may have changed in the meantime.

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