In the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League, Leicester City will host Sevilla at the King Power Stadium this Tuesday, March 14, 2017 (12:45 PM Pacific). Sevilla won by a slight 2-1 score in the first leg of this fixture and should be a contested match with Leicester only needing to win by a one-goal margin.
Leicester City is currently in a transitional phase, with Claudio Ranieri gone and Craig Shakespeare now in charge of the club. While the sacking of Ranieri was highly controversial receiving global attention, there is no denying that Craig Shakespeare has made a difference on this team so far. Both games under Shakespeare have come in the Premier League at the King Power Stadium and both have finished in 3-1 victories for the Foxes. The first was a shocking 3-1 win over Liverpool and the second an important 3-1 win over Hull City, which affected the relegation race in the EPL. Both crucial victories came after three straight defeats in all competitions for the current champions. Jamie Vardy has been an interesting player, currently in good form having scored a goal against Sevilla in the Champions League and two past Liverpool in the EPL.
Leicester City has the talent to progress in this competition it is just a matter of whether the team has the ambition to go on. Home-field advantage can prove to play a role in the game, with Leicester achieving three straight victories in all competitions at the King Power Stadium. The match is an important one for the Blues with the team fighting for relegation in the Premier League and needing a confidence boost to propel them this season.
Sevilla looked magnificent in the first leg of this match-up with the 2-1 score line not serving justice to how good Sevilla performed. Jorge Sampaoli’s men dominated Leicester in every aspect of the game, ripping the Foxes’ midfield to shreds. Sevilla had 72 percent possession in the game and 22 shots, seven on goal to Leicester’s seven shots, two on goal. The red and whites did not even present the strongest lineup possible in the game with Wissam Ben Yedder and Vicente Iborra being on the bench for the encounter.
Jorge Sampaoli has clearly made on impact on this team in his first season with them, with Sevilla currently in third place in La Liga with 57 points. If the team does perform like it did in the first leg at home it will have no problem advancing to the next round of the Champions League. The game should be a hard-fought, enticing encounter at the King Power Stadium this Tuesday.