Sevilla vs Leicester
UEFA Champions League – Round of 16, First Leg
Date: Wednesday, 22nd February 2017
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan (Seville).
Sevilla are heavy favourites to progress to the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League. But, can the struggling Premier League holders put up a strong fight?
Jorge Sampoli’s men qualified for the knockout round after finishing second in their group behind Juventus. They won 3, draw 2 and lost 1 during the time, keeping 5 clean sheets. The lone defeat came at home against Juventus by a 3-1 margin.
Sevilla failed to progress beyond the round of 16 in their two previous attempts. They lost to Fenerbahce on in 2008 and to CSKA Moscow in 2010.
Leicester, as opposed to their poor league form, topped their group in Champions League ahead of FC Porto. The Foxes picked up 4 wins and a draw from their first five matches before suffering a humiliating 5-0 loss at Porto in their final group game.
Sevilla vs Leicester: Form Guide
Sevilla are unbeaten at home in their 7 fixtures since the match-day 6 of the Champions League. They picked up 5 wins and 2 draws during the period.
On the other hand, Leicester managed just 5 wins from their 15 matches across all competitions. They are coming on the back of a 1-0 loss to League One side Millwall FC, which is their 4th defeat inside last 5 games.
Sevilla vs Leicester: Head-to-head stats
The teams will be meeting for the first time in a UEFA competition.
Sevilla defeated Premier League side Liverpool in the finals of the Europa League at Basel last season. Their overall record against English sides is 4 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses from 9 matches. The three matches at home saw 2 wins and 1 draw.
Leicester are without a win in four matches played against Spanish teams; 1 draw and 3 losses. They lost in each of their previous two visits to Spain.
Sevilla vs Leicester: Prediction
Leicester City hit rock bottom with the 1-0 loss to Millwall on Saturday. The team has absolutely no confidence and need a miracle to salvage anything from this game.
Sevilla have done exceptionally well at home this season. The 2-1 win against Madrid to end their 40-match unbeaten streak is a perfect example of what they are capable of. It won’t be a problem for them to ease past a team like Leicester.
Sevilla vs Leicester: Bet Tips
Full-Time Asian Handicap Sevilla -1.5 to win at 2.10 (11/10)
Over 2.5 goals at 1.80 (4/5).