Sevilla v Leicester: Which of Claudio Ranieri’s teams will turn up?

The Champions League, bizarrely, has been the one refuge for Leicester this season.

The reigning Premier League champions have put up an awful defence of their title and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Millwall, however they’ve been going toe-to-toe with Europe’s elite.

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Since their last Champions League game things have turned much more sour though for Claudio Ranieri’s team, with relegation now a real prospect. So will they be able to rediscover that form that saw them top Group G? Or will Sevilla ramp up the growing pressure on the Tinker Man? Here’s all you ought to know.

It’s a big match for…

Leicester’s championship winning heroes. The likes of Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Danny Drinkwater and Wes Morgan have been so disappointing this season after capturing the hearts of the football loving world last season. Tonight is a chance for them to prove there is more to them than a single season of incredible overachievement. They can also relieve some pressure on Ranieri, the man they owe so much for guiding them to the title.

Sevilla v Leicester: Which of Claudio Ranieri’s teams will turn up?
Can Jamie Vardy find his shooting boots? (Getty)

Likely line-ups…

Sevilla manager Jorge Sampaoli has a very fluid team, making line-up predictions tough. However, we can confidently predict we’ll see some familiar faces from the Premier League, with Stevan Jovetic (formerly of Man City), Samir Nasri (Arsenal and Man City) and Steven N’Zonzi (Stoke) likely to feature.

Islam Slimani and Leonardo Ulloa are doubts for Leicester, however the former is expected to be fit.

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If you memorise one stat, memorise this…

Sevilla have suffered just two defeats at home in their last 16 games in all competitions. The sides they lost to were Juventus and Barcelona.

Last time they met…

These sides have never met before.

Metro.co.uk prediction…

While Leicester were so impressive in the group stage, picking up 13 points to top Porto, Copenhagen and Club Brugge, it’s tough to see them gaining the advantage in this Round of 16 first leg.

Their current form is awful with no wins in their last eight outings. In addition their away form is atrocious. They’ve won just twice on the road all season – against Brugge in their first Champions League game and at Everton in the Third Round of the FA Cup.

Sevilla v Leicester: Which of Claudio Ranieri’s teams will turn up?
Stevan Jovetic only joined in January but had been quick to get among the goals (Getty)

In contrast Sevilla look solid – winning their last two games. They’ve also been excellent on the European stage for years, winning the Europa League in each of the last three seasons.

Prediction: Sevilla 2 Leicester 0

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