Six trophies in fifteen years has proven Sevilla are well worthy of their 'Europa League specialists' label, but such dominance has failed to translate in the UEFA Super Cup final.
The Spanish club have been victorious in just one of their previous five appearances in the showpiece event, and will have their work cut out against Bayern Munich, winners of Europe's premier competition after their 1-0 triumph over PSG.
Hansi Flick's relentless side currently boast a 31-match unbeaten run, yet Sevilla are known to thrive in their role as underdogs, conceding an early penalty in each of their last three matches of last season's Europa League competition and ultimately in a 3-2 final victory over Inter Milan in Cologne.
Five key factors are likely to decide the outcome when Bayern Munich take on Sevilla at the Puskas Arena in Budapest on Thursday evening.
Robert Lewandowski will seek to fire Bayern Munich to Super Cup glory against Sevilla
Sevilla players celebrate with the Europa League trophy after their 3-2 win over Inter Milan
At just 21-years-old, Jules Kounde is one of the most exciting talents in European football and his skills will be rigorously tested by Robert Lewandowski.
The defender has courted interest from Manchester City in recent weeks, with Sevilla sporting director Monchi revealing: 'We have received interest from one club for Jules. If they come back, we will listen and we will respond.'
The Frenchman's stock has risen over the course of Sevilla's latest Europa League-winning campaign, so City boss Pep Guardiola will be monitoring his transfer target as he continues his search for a partner to Aymeric Laporte.
Meanwhile, Lewandowski has scored a remarkable 55 goals in his last 46 appearances, netting his first of the new Bundesliga season in the 8-0 thrashing of Schalke.
Kounde's erratic centre-back partner Diego Carlos conceded three penalties in the latter stages of last year's Europa League competition, so expect Kounde to showcase his maturity and leadership qualities if Sevilla do indeed upset the odds in Hungary.
Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde has caught the eye of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola
Alphonso Davies has become a key component of Bayern Munich's attacking play, but the full-back was absent during the club's opening Bundesliga match on Friday.
The Canadian was rested as a precaution and has travelled with the squad to Budapest, although he is likely to undergo a late fitness test.
The 19-year-old's electric pace enables Bayern to breach opposition defences and could enable the Bundesliga