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Leicester City V Sevilla
Tuesday 14th March 2017
20:45 Kick Off Live on BT Sport 1 Available on GibSat
Two weeks ago Sevilla dominated Leicester Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium. The Spanish side out passed and outplayed the English side and were awarded a penalty in the 14th minute after a rash challenge from captain Wes Morgan but 22 year old Joaquin Correa was not able to convert. 10 minutes later Sevilla did take the lead through a Pablo Sarabia goal. In the second half Correa made amends for his penalty miss when he put the Spaniards 2-0 up just after the hour mark.
On top of his first half penalty save Leicester keeper Casper Schmeichel made a string of saves to keep Leicester in the tie, then in the 73rd minute the tie was flipped on it’s head when Jamie Vardy latched onto a Danny Drinkwater pass and slotted home to make it 2-1, end his goal drought and give Leicester an away goal that could prove vital.
Since the first leg a lot has changed at Leicester City, shortly after that game their manager Claudio Ranieri was fired and assistant boss Craig Shakespear took temporary charge and has won 2 games in a row including a confidence boosting 3-1 win over high flying Liverpool and a 3-1 win last time out over Hull City. Due to the improved performances Sheakspears time in charge was extended until the end of the season at least.
Sevilla continue in their good run of form and since playing Leicester they have played 4 times and have won 2 and drawn 2. They know if they can keep their unbeaten run going here it will be enough to take them through to the next round of the competition.
Leicester do have good home form in this seasons competition winning all 3 of their home group games and Sevilla have never progressed further than this stage ever in this competition so could struggling Leicester really do the unthinkable?
The bookies have Sevilla favourites to win in 90 minutes despite them not needing to win, they can be backed @ 5/4 with Betway but are generally a 6/5 shot. Leicester to win in 90 minutes is generally around 23/10 but can be backed at as big as 12/5 with Marathon bet, the draw is best with BetFred and Bet Victor @ 11/4.
To Qualify Sevilla are 2/7 with a few firms including bet365 and Leicester are @ 3/1 with Paddy Power and Boylesport.
I think Leicester might be able to do this given their form in the last 2 games and the momentum they take into this so I am going to be backing the 3/1 for Leicester to qualify.