Sevilla FC coach Unai Emery will be up against his old side Valencia CF in an all-Spanish UEFA Europa League semi-final, with the Rojiblancos eager to complete a decade unbeaten at home against their visitors.
• The teams are meeting for the first time in UEFA competition, though they know each other well from Spain, where Valencia have had the better of their 207 meetings: W95 D35 L77.
• Sevilla drew 0-0 with visiting Valencia in February and are unbeaten in their last 13 home games (W10 D3) against their Liga counterparts. Valencia last defeated Sevilla at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán on 9 May 2004, 2-0 in the league.
• Sevilla have played ten UEFA competition games against Spanish opponents with the record W3 D3 L4 (W1 D2 L1 at home – W1 D0 L3 elsewhere in Spain). These ties include two European finals: the 2006 UEFA Super Cup, in which they beat FC Barcelona 3-0 in Monaco, and the 2007 UEFA Cup showpiece in Glasgow, where they overcame RCD Espanyol on penalties after a 2-2 draw.
• Sevilla have already eliminated Spanish opponents in a European tie this season, getting the better of neighbours Real Betis Balompié on penalties in the round of 16.
• Valencia's 13 games against Spanish sides in Europe ended W6 D3 L4 (W4 D1 L1 at home – W2 D2 L2 elsewhere in Spain); these results include the final of the 2000 UEFA Champions League, which Valencia lost 3-0 to Real Madrid CF in Paris.
• Sevilla have reached their third major UEFA semi-final and first since their back-to-back UEFA Cup successes in 2005/06 and 2006/07. They have yet to lose a two-legged UEFA semi-final.
• Sevilla are the longest surviving team in the competition and have become the fourth side to reach the UEFA Europa League semi-finals having started the campaign in the third qualifying round – after Fulham FC and Hamburger SV (2009/10) and 2011/12 winners Club Atlético de Madrid.
• Valencia last reached a UEFA Europa League semi-final in 2011/12, when they lost to Atlético. That was their first defeat in a major UEFA competition semi-final, having previously come through one in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1979/80), two in the UEFA Champions League (1999/00 and 2000/01) and one in the UEFA Cup (2003/04).
• Valencia won the 2003/04 UEFA Cup plus two editions of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup – beating FC Barcelona in the 1962 final and GNK Dinamo Zagreb in the 1963 decider – which was the non-UEFA affiliated precursor to the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League. They could thus become the first club to win the tournament in all three of its incarnations.
• Sevilla coach Unai Emery and goalkeeper Diego Alves worked together at UD Almería as well as Valencia.
• In his only season with Sevilla before joining Barcelona, Valencia's Seydou Keita scored four goals in 31 Liga games as the Andalusian side finished the 2007/08 campaign in fifth place.
• Valencia defender Antonio Barragán began his career at Sevilla’s youth academy before moving to Liverpool FC in 2005.
• Sevilla defender Coke turns 27 two days after the match.
• Valencia's Jérémy Mathieu and Sevilla's Kevin Gameiro are French internationals, while Sevilla's Beto and Valencia's Ricardo Costa and João Pereira have represented Portugal.
• Valencia's Eduardo Vargas and Sevilla's Bryan Rabello are team-mates with Chile; Sevilla's Federico Fazio plays alongside Valencia's Éver Banega – on loan at CA Newell's Old Boys in his homeland – and Pablo Piatti for Argentina.
• Valencia's Juan Bernat has played 883 minutes of UEFA Europa League football since the start of the group stage, more than any other player left in the competition.
• Sevilla are on a quest to win the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League for the third time: only three other sides have reached that mark before – Juventus (1976/77, 1989/90, 1992/93), FC Internazionale Milano (1990/91, 1993/94, 1997/98) and Liverpool (1972/73, 1975/76, 2000/01).
• Valencia matched the biggest win in the competition with their 5-0 victory (after extra time) at home to FC Basel 1893. It remains a remarkable statistic that although five goals have now been scored by a club in a UEFA Europa League game on 25 occasions, no team has ever scored six or more in the competition's 1020 matches, group stage to final.
• Paco Alcácer’s hat-trick in that game was the 25th scored in the UEFA Europa League and the fourth this season. Three of those have been scored by Spaniards, with the Valencia forward following in the footsteps of Jonatan Soriano (FC Salzburg) and Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur FC). The odd man out is Trabzonspor AŞ striker Olcan Adın.
• Alcácer is now the top scorer left in the competition with seven goals and needs one more to match Soriano as the overall leading marksman this season.
• Valencia have scored more goals (23), had more attempts off target (82) and won more corners (76) and free-kicks (70) than any other side in this season's UEFA Europa League.
• Sevilla coach since January 2013, Emery started out as a midfielder at Real Sociedad de Fútbol, but spent the bulk of his career in Spain's second division, switching from playing to coaching at Lorca Deportiva CF after a serious knee injury. Having led Almería to the top tier he coached Valencia from 2008 to 2012, with his side regular European contenders during that spell. More recently he had a brief stint at FC Spartak Moskva.
• During his four seasons in charge of Valencia between 2008 and 2012, Emery led the east-coast side to three third-place Liga finishes.
• Valencia dismissed Miroslav Djukić in December after six months at the helm.
• Juan Antonio Pizzi is now in charge at Valencia, having returned to Spain – for whom he made 22 international appearances – after establishing himself as a coach in South America. Born in Argentina, the striker played for CD Tenerife and Valencia before winning a title, two Spanish Cups and the 1996/97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup with Barcelona. Following spells with Porto and Villarreal CF, he hung up his boots in 2002, and briefly played polo.
• Sevilla or Valencia will be the home team in the final, meeting the winner of the tie between SL Benfica and showpiece hosts Juventus in Turin on 14 May.
• Sevilla have never met Juventus but took on Benfica in the preliminary round of the 1957/58 European Cup, winning 3-1 in Spain then drawing 0-0 in Lisbon.
• Valencia have yet to play either of their potential final opponents.
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