Players with multiple goals in Europa League or Uefa Cup finals are few and far between. Only two men have managed to ripple the net more than the once in the last 10 years of the competition and only one of them managed to do so in 90 minutes.
Diego Forlan and Enzo Maresca are the duo that achieved the feat.
The former Manchester United striker bagged a brace in Atletico Madrid’s 2-1 win over Fulham in 2010 (the second coming in the 116th minute), while the Italian midfielder notched twice for Sevilla in the 4-0 romp over Middlesbrough in 2006.
That triumph over the Teesiders in Eindhoven was the first of three trophies the Spanish club have claimed in Uefa’s second tier European competition. They head to Warsaw nine years later bidding to become the first side to win this piece of silverware four times.
Los Nervionenses face Ukrainian outfit Dnipro as well-fancied favourites to make history, priced up by bwin.com as 3/5 chances for victory, having lost just one of their past 21 all-competition fixtures.
Against such underdogs – Dnipro are 21/4 to win – it is expected that at least one Sevilla man might become just the third player in the past decade to score multiple Europa League final goals.
Should it happen, it would be fantastic news for bwin customers as the bookie is offering double winnings on correct first goalscorer selections should he go on to score again.
The obvious candidate for such a lucrative offer is Carlos Bacca, Sevilla’s Colombian striker. Not only is the 28-year-old the market leader when it comes to first goalscorer options, at a price of 7/2, but he is also one of the most proficient at producing those goods.
Only two men have scored more first goals than Bacca’s three during the course of the Europa League campaign and his experience of leading Sevilla to glory in the tournament last season, even though he didn’t score in the final, will stand him in good stead.
Bacca has had four games in which he has scored at least a brace this season and, if he can add a fifth in Poland, he’ll ensure he enters both Seville and bwin folklore.
Of course, new bwin punters can use their £30 free bet to back Bacca to bag the opener, which would bring in £105 profit if the 29-cap Colombia international breaks the deadlock in Warsaw’s National Stadium.