Leicester City Climbing Large Hill in UCL Leg 2 on Tuesday

Leicester City players

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 12:51 PM GMT

Leicester City are chasing a 1-2 scoreline heading into today’s Leg 2 of its Round of 16 with Sevilla. Vardy's late goal in Spain provides some optimism for the Foxes, but with Sevilla having yet to allow a Road goal in UCL play this year makes it harder. Join capper for betting edge in this game.

Leicester City vs Sevilla FC

Jamie Vardy and EPL champions Leicester City welcome Sevilla to King Power Stadium in Leicester for Leg 2 of their Round of 16 UCL series. Sevilla won Leg 1 in Spain, 2-1 but the Foxes did score what may be an important road goal in the match. Sportsbooks have Sevilla +129 favorites over +232 Leicester City with a Draw +271. The Total is 2.5 while on the goal line, Sevilla is -¼ -111 with the Foxes +¼ -105.

 

FC Sevilla

Sevilla (25/1 to win UCL, at Intertops) has yet to allow a road goal in UEFA Champions League play, but have only scored once away from home—at Dinamo Zagreb. Los Sevillistas jumped out to a 2-0 lead at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium on goals from Pablo Sarabia and Joaquin Correa. However, manager Jorge Sampaoli saw a game Leicester City side stay in this series thanks to a Kasper Schmeichel PK save followed by a late Jamie Vardy goal, giving the desperate, defending EPL champs a lifeline.

Sevilla may employ a starting XI of GK Sergio Rico; Nicolás Pareja, Adil Rami, Gabriel Mercado; Mariano, Steven N’Zonzi, Samir Nasri, Sergio Escudero; Vicente Iborra; Stevan Jovetic, Vitolo. Benoît Trémoulinas (Knee) is out while Daniel Carriço and Luciano Vietto are not in the Sevilla (WWWDD) squad.

 

Leicester City FC

After losing in Leg 1 and fearing relegation in the English Premier League, Leicester City (80/1 to win UCL, at Intertops) parted ways with manager Claudio Ranieri, making Craig Shakespeare the new man in charge. The Foxes now have some confidence after two straight 3-1 wins (HULL, LIV), and, with Vardy’s aforementioned late road score in Sevilla, a little hope headed into this Leg 2 in England.

Leicester City may employ a starting XI of GK Kasper Schmeichel; Danny Simpson, Wes Morgan, Christian Fuchs, Robert Huth; Mahrez, Danny Drinkwater, Wilfred Ndidi, Marc Albrighton; Shinji Okazaki, Jamie Vardy. Nampalys Mendy (Knee) and Molla Wagué (Shoulder) will miss.

 

Expectations and the Pick

With Leicester City so new to European big tournament football, the Leg 1 in Seville is the only history these two have. Maybe the biggest trend we can look for wisdom in is that 0 goals Sevilla (9 GF- 4 GA) have allowed on the road in UCL this season, although the Spanish side has only scored once. And that brings up the dilemma here with Sevilla able to play shutdown defensive matches going up against a club which has to score with some rejuvenated fans at home. Knowing UCL is where the Foxes only immediate source of glory and redemption lies. And it may be a hill too steep. The noise will help, but the first goal and when it’s scored will be everything here.

 

Predicted Final Score: Leicester City 1 Sevilla 1Free Soccer Picks: Under 2.5 -103Best Line Offered: at Bovada

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