Tonight sees Leicester City host Sevilla in the Champions League. The Spaniards carry a 2-1 lead coming into this second leg so a single goal will take the Foxes through on away goals.
Is Leicester’s European affair over or can they dream on into the quarterfinals?
New manager, Craig Shakespeare is without Nampalys Mendy after he picked up a knee injury during training. Defender, Molla Wague is still out with a dislocated shoulder and could end his loan spell early. The rest of the squad is available for selection.
The visitors are at full strength except for two long term absentees, Benoit Tremoulinas and Michael Krohn-Dehli.
The Foxes have only played twice since the first leg so expect them to be much fresher than their opponents. Sevilla on the other hand have played four matches and drawn their last two matches 1-1. How pivotal could the difference in number of matches played prove to be?
Bad omens brewing?
Leicester have seemingly rediscovered the quality of last season since Claudio Ranieri’s sacking. If they can keep this up against Sevilla, there’s no reason why they can’t win the tie and progress.
The omens are however stacked right up against the East Midlands club. Out of the last nine ties where the second leg hosts trailed 2-1 after first leg, only two clubs have overturned that deficit. Could Leicester write another twist against the impossible?
Another nightmare omen lying in waiting is the fact that Leicester are yet to beat a Spanish club in any European competition. Their home form in the Champions League this season has however been impressive making this leg tough to predict.
Under Shakespeare, Leicester have scored six goals across their last two domestic matches. Both matches were 3-1 victories, which will be enough if replicated tonight for them to clinch a 4-3 aggregate win.
If they apply the same pressure tonight and treat Sevilla like another English club, it will be tough to see past the defending champions of England.
Sevilla have however kept five clean sheets in Europe with no defeat away from home. The fact that they are yet to progress beyond the last 16 of the Champions League says it all about their ability in Europe’s biggest competition. Could this play on their minds at the King Power Stadium?
Personally, the match should be tighter with another 2-1 win to the home team.
Prediction: Leicester 2-1 Sevilla (3-3 on aggregate, Leicester win on penalties)
Result: Leicester 2-0 Sevilla (3-2 on aggregate, Leicester progress to QFs)