The visitors have been at their best in this competition this season, but our tipster expects Claudio Ranieri’s side to come up short in this tie
Leicester City’s Champions League campaign continues with a testing trip to Spain to face Sevilla.
While the Premier League have faltered on the domestic scene this season, they have been a revelation in this competition, picking up 13 points from their six Group G matches to top that section.
Claudio Ranieri’s charges, however, will need to be at their best if they are to pick up a positive result from Wednesday’s clash; Sevilla have suffered defeat in just two of their last 16 home matches in all competitions – against Barcelona and Juventus respectively – and Jorge Sampaoli’s side can be backed at just 2/5 (1.40) with Betway to beat the Foxes.
The enormity of the task facing Ranieri’s men is reflected by Betway’s 15/2 (8.50) quote for an away win, while the same firm offer 15/4 (4.75) that the tie remains level ahead of next month’s return leg in Leicester.
The visitors’ lack of cutting edge is a concern ahead of this tie; the Foxes have found the net in just one of their last eight Premier League matches, while more than 10 hours have passed since they scored a goal in the top tier of English football. Their dismal domestic malaise deepened once again at the weekend as they crashed out of the FA Cup to 10-man Millwall of League One.
With Leicester struggling to score, another disciplined defensive performance on the European stage could hold the key to their ambition of progressing past the La Liga side and into the last eight. Leicester kept a clean sheet in their opening four fixtures in Group G to assure themselves of a place in the knockout stages of this competition.
Sevilla will certainly come into this tie in confident mood, for they have lost just one of their last eight matches in all competitions. Sampaoli’s side also possess plenty of quality in the final third, having scored two or more goals in all but one of their last 12 victories and notching more than twice in six of their last nine wins.
Betway go just 11/20 (1.55) that the home side score at least twice against in this game, while those keen to side with Sevilla may well be tempted to snap up the juicy 17/10 (2.70) quote on offer for on them to notch more than two goals.
The Spanish side boast a remarkable European pedigree in recent years, for they have been crowned as Europa League champions in each of the past three seasons and, as such, harbour realistic hopes of making their presence felt in this competition this term.
Sevilla have kept a clean sheet in six of their last seven Champions League clashes and could extend that run against the misfiring Premier League champions. Sampaoli’s side are superb value at 6/5 (2.20) with Betway to win to nil against Ranieri’s toothless team.