Leicester v Sevilla Preview

Leicester City go into their Champions League second-leg tie against Sevilla somewhat rejuvenated. After the controversial sacking of Claudio Ranieri, Craig Shakespeare has steadied what looked to be a sinking ship. Leicester have won their last two games in the Premier League to boost their survival chances.

Sevilla completely dominated the first leg, the game finishing 2-1 and Jamie Vardy grabbing the vital away goal. The Foxes have a huge chance of going through to the quarter finals, with their confidence back the thought of a place in the quarter finals is a realistic one.  The Leicester players seem to be playing for Shakespeare, something they failed to do for Ranieri earlier in the season. Sevilla on the other hand will be kicking themselves for not finishing Leicester off in the first leg. Furthermore, their last two league performances have been somewhat unconvincing with Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Leganes one of their least inspiring showings of the season.

Since the first leg, Sevilla have played four games, while the Foxes have contested just two fixtures and perhaps they might be just a little fresher. Sevilla manager Jorge Sampaoli is one of the favourites to take over at Barcelona at the end of the season, the constant speculation will surely have a knock on effect on the manager and team.

Leicester manager, Craig Shakespeare is unlikely to make too many changes to the side that has won two out of two in the league. This will be a tough test for Leicester, their main priority is Premier League survival. However, the Foxes will want their Champions League dream to continue for as long as possible.

The first leg was so entertaining that I am hoping for more of the same. Following the previous results of the two sides this game is a hard one to call. My heart hopes Leicester will do it, though my head thinks Sevilla will have too much for Leicester.

Prediction: Leicester 1 Sevilla 3