Leicester City vs Sevilla Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips 14.03.2017
Sevilla travel to Leicestershire with a 2-1 lead but Leicester City looks much better at home turf. English champions will try to open a new chapter in club’s history as a potential improvement of current UEFA Champions League breakthrough will be a season saver for Leicester City.
On other hand Sevillistas are eager to carry over their UEFA Europa League prosperity into the Champions League and Sevilla surely regrets about a missed opportunity of keeping a clean sheet in the first leg.
H2H Stats – Leicester City vs Sevilla: First encounter from the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League round of 16 facing Sevilla vs Leicester CIty took place at the “Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán” in Seville. That happened nearly three weeks ago, 22 February 2017, when Sevilla were dominating and gained a pleasing 2-0 lead until one of the very few chances of Leicester City was realized by Jamie Vardy. Pablo Sarabia and Joaquín Correa were the goal scorers for Sevilla, scoring respectively in the 25th and 62nd minute, while Leicester City’s response came in the 73rd minute. Thus Leicester City has kept the hope alive, otherwise a 2-0 score in Sevilla’s favour would’ve been a lethal wound.
Champions League: Leicester City vs Sevilla 14.03.2017
Leicester City’s Champions League debut has been marked by some solid performances in Group G where “The Foxes” finished on top and lost only once in six rounds. Furthermore, Leicester City won all home matches and this features three wins with a goal margin: 1-0 vs Porto and vs FC København, as well as a 2:1 vs Club Brugge. An argument which should improve morale of Leicester City before a crucial second 1/8 round against Sevilla.
Sevilla, however, heads to England with an inspiring record as well. The Rojiblancos can boast with a supreme pedigree in the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League groups. This includes two draws and a win but most important indicator is surely the number of goals conceded – 0. Indeed, Sevilla were traveling back home with a clean sheet after every European journey in current campaign as the Andalusian club stole a point from Juventus and Lyon, and won 0-1 in Zagreb. All the solid defensive efforts were key for Sevilla’s Round of 16 progress as a Group H runner-up.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Leicester City takes on Sevilla with a new leading figure on the touchline since Claudio Ranieri has been sacked after first game in Spain. Former assistant Craig Shakespeare was initially appointed as an interim manager but after two consecutive productive displays the 53-year-old Englishman was rewarded with a contract until end of the season.
Claudio Ranieri’s dismissal was a shocking decision by club’s chairman after his contribution for overall development of Leicester City. However, it seems that Craig Shakespeare’s appointment has boosted the squad and Leicester won two games in a row for the first time since October. As a result of which “The Foxes” have reduced the pressure and climbed over the relegation zone by winning two Premier League games at home. First of them was a 3-1 win over Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool followed by the same score over Hull City more than a week ago. This leaves a ten-day gap from last match of Leicester City and the upcoming Champions League decider, since their weekend fixture vs Arsenal was postponed due to Arsenal’s FA Cup commitment. Whether it’s gonna be a plus or a minus? We will find out, but Craig Shakespeare has no reason to worry if we assume that Leicester City remain stable at home.
Malian defender Molla Wague and Algerian striker Islam Slimani are both doubts as we expect same 4-4-2 starting formation used either by Shakespeare or his predecessor Ranieri, latter of whom was the creator of that style.
Sevilla enjoys to a much better domestic season and Jorge Sampaoli’s men are currently third in the Spanish La Liga. Nevertheless, Sevilla slipped twice in a week as the two 1-1 draws vs Deportivo Alavés and Leganés could’ve been with completely different outcomes. After those missed chances for winning, or at least in one of both La Liga rounds, Sevilla is on five points behind leaders Real Madrid and on three from Barcelona.
Meanwhile, Sevilla are still unbeaten since end of January when they lost 3-1 to Espanyol in a La Liga game. That’s their only loss in 13 games and has been followed by five wins and three draws before travelling to England.
Jorge Sampaoli will be keen to extend that run which will guarantee one of all eight quarter-final positions to his team. The Argentine did great job in Sevilla and fully transformed team’s away mentality. For a comparison last season Sevilla was the only side without a single away victory in the La Liga, but months later that has changed and Sevilla has a new look after Unai Emery’s departure. Moreover, we already highlighted fact that Sevilla haven’t conceded away from home in the Champions League this season.
Sevillistas can be really unpredictable when we speak about a starting lineup as Jorge Sampaoli likes to rotate either players and formations. However, we expect players like Gabriel Mercado, Sergio Escudero, Steven N’Zonzi, Vicente Iborra, Vitolo and Samir Nasri back in the starting XI, since some of them have been on the bench or not in the group during last weekend’s home draw vs Leganés on Saturday afternoon. In the meantime Benoît Trémoulinas and Michael Krohn-Dehli are both unavailable players in Sevilla, whose absence is not something new.
Leicester City vs Sevilla Betting Prediction
Leicester City is on the wave and after two wins with six goals scored in them, “Foxes” will have to be a bit more cautious in an elimination phase duel. Craig Shakespeare will demand more aggression by his team in order to outwit Jorge Sampaoli, who relies on possession football and more passing.
We expect a match where hosts must play to score and keep a clean sheet if they want to accomplish their dream, otherwise Leicester City will be eliminated. This can be a positive for Sevilla, especially if Leicester fails to open the score and mostly in first half of the match. Anyway, a goal conceded at anytime will call for absolutely different approach by the Andalusians and we expect a game similar to the first leg – where both clubs scored and game has ended with more than 2.5 goals. Our betting prediction suggests “Both teams to score & Over 2.5 Goals” in second Champions League 1/8 final between Leicester City and Sevilla on Tuesday night.
Venue: “King Power Stadium”, Leicester.
Referee: Daniele Orsato from Italy.
Possible Lineups of Leicester City and Sevilla
Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel – Christian Fuchs, Wes Morgan, Robert Huth, Danny Simpson – Marc Albrighton, Onyinye Ndidi, Danny Drinkwater, Riyad Mahrez – Shinji Okazaki, Jamie Vardy. (4-4-2)
Sevilla FC: Sergio Rico – Mariano, Gabriel Mercado, Adil Rami, Sergio Escudero – Vicente Iborra, Steven N’Zonzi – Pablo Sarabia, Samir Nasri, Vitolo – Stevan Jovetic. (4-2-3-1)