19:45 GMT 22 February 2017
Both teams are looking to get themselves into the quarter-final of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League as Premier League champions, Leicester, make the trip to Seville. The struggling Premier League side will hope to put their awful league form behind them and get past Sevilla in the Champions League. The Spanish team will definitely fancy their place in the quarter-final as their opponents have shown none of their signs of their title-winning season last term, something that has seen many Foxes fans calling for Claudio Ranieri to get the sack.
Due to Leicester’s lack of European experience, this will be the first meeting between the two sides. Leicester’s last competitive fixture against a Spanish side was in the UEFA Cup in 1997 where they lost 2-0 to Atletico Madrid.
Sevilla will be looking to take their strong league form into Europe as they hope to book their place in the quarter-final. They’ll be helped by having an almost full squad to choose from. They only have 3 injured players: Michael Krohn-Dehli (knee), Benoit Tremoulinas (meniscus) and Nicolas Pareja (groin). This gives them a great chance to take a win into the second leg in Leicester.
Latest matches: Sevilla FC
|18.02.2017||LaLi||Sevilla FC||SD Eibar||2:0||W|
|12.02.2017||LaLi||Las Palmas UD||Sevilla FC||0:1||W|
|05.02.2017||LaLi||Sevilla FC||Villarreal CF||0:0||D|
|29.01.2017||LaLi||Espanyol Barcelona||Sevilla FC||3:1||L|
|22.01.2017||LaLi||CA Osasuna||Sevilla FC||3:4||W|
Leicester’s performances in the Premier League have been absolutely abysmal since the start of 2017 where they are yet to win a game. Claudio Ranieri might choose to switch up his team slightly as he looks for a win. The only unavailability is record signing, Islam Slimani, who will miss the game with a groin injury, which is unlucky as he has shown real class in the competition this season.
Latest matches: Leicester City
|18.02.2017||FA C||Millwall FC||Leicester City||1:0||L|
|12.02.2017||Prem||Swansea City||Leicester City||2:0||L|
|08.02.2017||FA C||Leicester City||Derby County||3:1||W|
|05.02.2017||Prem||Leicester City||Manchester United||0:3||L|
|31.01.2017||Prem||Burnley FC||Leicester City||1:0||L|
Leicester will be lucky to come away from Wednesday’s game with an away goal, which is what they really need to aim for. Sevilla just need to keep a clean sheet and make sure they score themselves. If Leicester can keep the deficit less than 3 goals, they might be able to get themselves in the quarter-finals. Sevilla are definitely favourites and shouldn’t have too many problems defeating the Prem chmpions.
22 February 2017 - 19:45 GMT
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