Leicester City vs Sevilla Betting Prediction | Away Win Bet with BetfairPublished March 13, 2017
When this draw was made, it was hard to see much hope for Leicester, who have overachieved and underachieved over the past couple of years. Their remarkable Premier League title win last term propelled them into the Champions League, and although they won their group with ease, meeting a very good Sevilla side in the last 16 was expected to put an end to their European run.
Although we do believe the LaLiga side will progress, there is no doubting a real opportunity for the Foxes. If Sevilla were going to end the contest, they would have done so at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, a stadium they have made a fortress in Europe and domestically over many years, but a strike by Jamie Vardy givex Leicester something to build on at the King Power Stadium, with the score poised at 2-1.
Sevilla 2-1 Leicester FT:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 22, 2017
Pass accuracy: 85%-65%
Chances created: 18-6
Leicester grab a crucial away goal. pic.twitter.com/q26mK4ohaE
Leicester are at their best when on the chase, such is the pace they have at their disposal. Through the likes of Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, they have the ability to get up the pitch at pace. Sevilla are by no means the same force away from, having gone over a year without a win on the road relatively recently, but they are a different animal in Europe, having won the Europa League three years running, and have improved this season under Jorge Sampaoli. They should have enough to get through to the quarter finals.
But expect the game to start off at a really ferocious pace. Leicester sacked Claudio Ranieri just after the first leg, but after struggling in the Premier League for months, look more like the title winners from last year now. The organisation and togetherness which were the hallmarks of 2015/16 are back, allowing their quality and intensity on the counter to shine through. From the off, they will look to get the ball into space, but Sevilla will also be keen to cancel out the away goal as quickly as possible.
Theoretically, the style Sevilla adopt should play into Leicester’s hands. Under Sampaoli, they play an incredibly high line and look to suffocate from the front with pressure, a similar system Liverpool and Manchester City have used this season in games which have seen Vardy score five goals, inspiring the Foxes to two victories. But what Sevilla have, which arguably both City and Liverpool didn’t in their meetings, is a strong presence in the centre of the park. Steven N’Zonzi was crucial to the first leg win and he will be again here, but Sampaoli may also call upon Vicente Iborra to double up in central areas, stopping Leicester breaking out.
But the former Stoke man has developed into one of the best passers in Europe, too. He not only breaks up the play, but also sets the tone for attacks, allowing the likes of Samir Nasri and Pablo Sarabia, who scored in the first leg, to get up and support the front men. The worrying thing for Leicester is Sevilla will look to exploit the lack of pace in their defence with the immense energy in their front line. Wissam Ben Yeddar, Stevan Jovetic, Joaquin Correa and Luciano Vietto will all look to get in behind. Expect a high scoring, entertaining encounter, but the end of the road for Leicester.