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Sevilla’s away form may give Leicester City hope in Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 clash

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, UEFA Champions League 13 Mar 2017

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Leicester City have a fantastic opportunity to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Leicester City host Sevilla in the second leg of the Champions League last-16 on Tuesday night, needing to overturn a 2-1 aggregate deficit.

The Foxes are underdogs to progress as they’ve been struggling in the bottom-half of the Premier League while Sevilla are chasing the Spanish La Liga title.

But the away form of the visitors might give Leicester hope of winning against all odds.

Sevilla have looked ordinary at times on their travels

Ahead of Tuesday’s meeting, Sevilla fell short in their last away game to Alaves and have been hit and miss on the road this season. Los Blanquirrojos have lost three and drawn two games on their travels since early December, and have kept just one clean sheet away from home since January. Sevilla have conceded three or more goals in three games in all competitions in 2017 so Leicester stand a genuine chance of getting a result.

Goals have dried up for the Spaniards in recent weeks too, averaging just one a game in their last three in all competitions, and they have scored one or less goals in five of their last eight outings. In the Champions League this season, Sevilla had tight victories and low-scoring stalemates so a single Leicester goal could be enough on the night. And as for City, at home they have conceded just one goal in the Champions League this season so they’ll be confident.

Leicester have been flawless at home in Europe

Leicester City’s form in the Premier League has been hit and miss, but their results in the Champions League have been consistent when it mattered. The Foxes topped Group G with 13 points, only losing heavily in their final game when their spot at the summit was already guaranteed.

Leicester in the Champions League this season
(14/9/16) Club Brugge 3-0 Leicester City
(27/9/16) Leicester City 1-0 FC Porto
(18/10/16 Leicester City 1-0 FC Copenhagen
(2/11/16) FC Copenhagen 0-0 Leicester City
(22/11/16 Leicester City 2-1 Club Brugge
(7/12/16) FC Porto 5-0 Leicester City

Leicester boast a 100% home record in the continental competition ahead of their clash with Sevilla, and their most common result (1-0) would be enough to reach the quarter-finals. A 2-1 finish would make it all-square on aggregate, taking the tie to extra time. Leicester City are 23/10 to win against Sevilla in 90 minutes on Tuesday evening, but will be the right result to send the Foxes through in the Champions League?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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