Sunday, May 27, 2018

Do Leicester City stand a chance against Sevilla on Wednesday?

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, UEFA Champions League 20 Feb 2017


Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri could be axed if his side bow out of the Champions League.

Leicester City travel to the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán to face Sevilla in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 on Wednesday night, in a game that many believed the Foxes could win when the draw was conducted in December.

However, Claudio Ranieri’s side have since embarked upon woeful form – notable away from home – and most recently were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One side Millwall which makes it unlikely that they can get a result against Sevilla.

Sevilla flawless on home soil

Sevilla have been formidable at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán this season, picking up wins against European giants in their own backyard that should hold them in good stead when they lock horns with the Premier League defending champions. Leicester were fancied to progress after being drawn with Sevilla in the last-16, but with the Spaniards boasting wins over Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid at home, City have a real task to contain them.

Barcelona and Juventus are the only sides to have beaten Sevilla at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán this season, and ahead of Wednesday’s clash the hosts are boasting four wins and two draws from their last six at home in all competitions. Jorge Sampaoli’s side have been full of goals, and their defensive record – no goal conceded for 290 minutes – could see them shutting out a Leicester side who haven’t scored a league goal in 2017.

Foxes’ lack of goals and travel-sickness sees them as big underdogs

Leicester City are coming off the back of four defeats from their last five games in all competitions, winning only in the FA Cup since the turn of the year. The defending champions haven’t managed a clean sheet since December, and their form on the road is a real worry.

Claudio Ranieri’s men have managed just two wins from 19 away outings in all competitions this season, and despite their contrasting Champions League form that saw them finish top of Group G with 13 points from 18, a 5-0 defeat in their most recent European encounter could be an indication of things to come.

It doesn’t bode well for Leicester City that they have been shut out in five of their last seven games, considering Sevilla have picked up three consecutive clean sheets. And Sevilla are 2/5 to win against Leicester City in Wednesday’s Champions League clash as a result.

What will be the final score at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán?


Crippy Cooke

Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.



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