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Sevilla v West Ham United - All You Need To Know

Sevilla v West Ham United
UEFA Europa League round of 16, Thursday 10 March 2022, 5.45pm GMT (6.45pm local time)

West Ham United make their UEFA Europa League round of 16 debut in Spain on Thursday, when David Moyes' men take on record six-time winners Sevilla at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.

The Hammers face their greatest European test so far this season when they travel to the home of the La Liga title chasers, who sit second in the table having lost just twice in 27 matches.

A capacity crowd is expected to be in attendance in Andalusia as up to 3,000 West Ham supporters take their place at the almost-44,000 seater stadium – the ninth-largest venue in Spain.

West Ham qualified for the Round of 16 by topping Group H in their first campaign in the Europa League proper, winning four and drawing one of six games – including victories on the road at GNK Dinamo Zagreb and Rapid Vienna – to finish ahead of the former.

Having not played in the proper stages of European competition since the 2006/07 UEFA Cup, when they were eliminated in the first round by Italian side Palermo, it was an outstanding first foray into European football for Moyes’ spirited Irons side.

Before then, West Ham had won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1965, reached the final again in 1976 and the quarter-finals in 1981. In 1999, Harry Redknapp's side won the UEFA Intertoto Cup and reached the UEFA Cup second round. The Hammers twice qualified for the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds in 2015 and 2016, but were eliminated before the tournament proper.

Moyes, his staff, players, supporters and everyone associated with the Club will now hope to keep their European adventure going at least one hurdle further.

Ticket news 

West Ham United's allocation of 3,000 tickets for Thursday's tie is no longer on sale. Tickets for this match sold out to Bondholders and Season Ticket Holders with 10+ Loyalty Points.

The home leg, a week later on Thursday 17 March, has also sold out in General Admission.  A limited number of Club London packages remain available. Please call 0204 551 0037 or click here to book your place now!

Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium

Matchday Information

The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium Stadium is located approximately five minutes’ walk from Sevilla Justa Station and 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre.

We strongly advise supporters to only travel if they have purchased a ticket directly though West Ham United. Supporters purchasing tickets in the Home sections will not be permitted entry and will not be re-located to the visiting supporters section.

Supporters will be able to collect their ticket from the Occidental Sevilla Viapol, approximately ten minutes’ walk from the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium. You will be able to collect the ticket in your name on production of photo ID. Please note that we are unable to accept any third party collections and the ticket can only be collected by the named ticket holder.

Tickets can be collected between 10am-7pm on Wednesday 9 March (local time) and 10am-4.45pm on Thursday 10 March.

Tickets can only be collected from the hotel as there is no facility to collect tickets at the stadium.

A full guide to matchday for supporters can be found here.

How can I follow the game?

Kick-off on Thursday at 5.45pm UK time (6.45pm in Seville), with the tie being broadcast live on television by BT Sport 3 in the UK. Please check your local TV listings if you live outside the UK.

We will also be covering the game live with a blog and audio commentary on and our Official App and across our social media channels, with goals, highlights and exclusive reaction to follow after the final whistle.


Team news

Moyes and the Claret and Blue Army will be waiting to hear news on Jarrod Bowen’s fitness, after the Hammers’ top scorer in all competitions this season departed the field of play against Liverpool on Saturday after 53 minutes.

It was confirmed on Sunday that the No20 suffered no significant damage following the injury he picked up at Anfield.

Having suffered an impact injury to his right heel during a challenge early in the second half at Anfield and, despite attempting to carry on, Bowen had to be substituted five minutes later.

Head of Medical Richard Collinge said: “Jarrod underwent an MRI scan in London on Sunday morning and thankfully no significant injury has occurred. He will continue to be monitored by the medical team and will undergo further examination in the coming days.”

Declan Rice was the other absentee from the side who faced Liverpool, missing the match through illness, and Moyes will be hoping his vice-captain has recovered in time to face Sevilla.

Jarrod Bowen

Elsewhere, Vladimír Coufal underwent surgery on a groin injury two weeks ago, while Angelo Ogbonna continues his recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Arthur Masuaku's knee problem continues to be managed, too.

Andriy Yarmolenko was recently granted compassionate leave in the midst of the crisis engulfing his home country of Ukraine and returned to training last week, but it has not been confirmed whether he will be involved on Thursday evening.

For Sevilla, there are numerous injury concerns, with defender Diego Carlos, midfielder Fernando and winger Papu Gomez all suffering with knocks of late.

Full-back Gonzalo Montiel also missed the game against Alaves on Saturday, with other absentees including Javi Diaz, Luismi, Carmona, Juanlu, Nacho Quintana, Kike Salas and Ivan Romero, while midfelder Thomas Delaney will be suspended after being sent off in the Play-Off round against Dinamo Zagreb.

The opposition – Sevilla

Founded in January 1890 by a group of young British men, Sevilla FC possess a dominant record in this competition.

The Andalusian side have won the Europa League on some six occasions, including defeating English opposition in Middlesbrough in the 2006/07 final, while also winning out in 2005/06, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2019/20.

They have won La Liga once (in 1945/46) and finished runners-up on four occasions, last in 1956/57 – a record they are on course to better so far this season, sitting seven points clear of third-placed Barcelona but eight behind leaders Real Madrid.

Turning their attentions to continental football, Sevilla are bidding to win the UEFA Europa League for a record seventh time – in their own stadium, to boot, where the final will be held in late May – after finishing third in Champions League Group G earlier this season behind Lille and RB Salzburg.

Jesus Navas
Sevilla captain Jesús Navas

Having dropped into the competition at the Play-Off round, Sevillistas Rojiblancos scored three times at home in the first half against Dinamo Zagreb, but were forced to hang on to a rather more nervous advantage in the second leg in Croatia, ultimately winning out 3-2 on aggregate over the two legs.

The Spanish team is coached by former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui and captained by veteran former Manchester City winger Jesús Navas.

Familiar faces in their squad include former Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitić, ex-Liverpool forward Suso and former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Erik Lamela.

West Ham United have never faced Sevilla previously.

In Quotes

West Ham United manager David Moyes: “From what I’ve seen, I think our UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie with Sevilla is the pick of the round.

“I think Sevilla have unbelievable history in winning the competition and I know their manager Julen [Lopetegui] and going to Sevilla is a big job.

“After Real Madrid, they’re probably the in-form team in Spain at the moment so it’ll be a really tough game, but I wanted a big game and I want the big teams and I want us to challenge them and really go for it, so Sevilla is a really tough game.”

Match officials

Referee: Sandro Schärer (Switzerland)
Assistant Referees: Stephane De Almeida and Jonas Erni (Switzerland)
Fourth Official: Lukas Fähndrich (Switzerland)
VAR: Sascha Stegemann (Germany)
Assistant VAR: Bastian Dankert (Germany)

Sandro Scharer

A full international referee for FIFA since 2015, 33-year-old Sandro Schärer was born in Buttikon in northern Switzerland, and also works as a teacher outside of football.

The official has previously refereed five times in the UEFA Champions League – including in RB Leipzig’s defeat of Manchester City earlier this season – and 14 times in the Europa League over the last six campaigns.

He last blew the whistle for an English side in this competition when Manchester United defeated Real Sociedad away last season, but has never refereed a match involving either Sevilla or West Ham.

Schärer most regularly officiates in his native Switzerland, where he has refereed 133 top-flight matches over nine seasons in the Swiss Super League.