Leicester vs. Sevilla: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info for UCL Match

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2017

Leicester City's forward Jamie Vardy looks at the ball after a goal by Sevilla during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match Sevilla FC vs Leicester City at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on February 22, 2017. / AFP / CRISTINA QUICLER        (Photo credit should read CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Sevilla will be hopeful their profligacy on home soil doesn't cost them on Tuesday night when they head to the King Power Stadium with a 2-1 lead for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League round-of-16 tie with Leicester City.

The La Liga side were the dominant force by far at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan when the two sides last met, taking a two-goal lead through Pablo Sarabia and Joaquin Correa. However, Jamie Vardy snatched a vital away strike with the clock ticking down, leaving the tie on a knife-edge.

A fascinating second leg is in store at the home of the Premier League champions, who have been revitalised as of late under the guidance of Craig Shakespeare.

Here is the key viewing information for the match and a look ahead to how the game will pan out.

Date: Tuesday, March 14

Time: 7:45 p.m. (GMT), 2:45 p.m. (ET)

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TV Info: BT Sport (UK), FOX Sports (U.S.)

Live Stream: BT Sport website (UK), FOX Soccer 2GO (U.S.)

Team News

Leicester City

Since taking over from the departed Claudio Ranieri, Shakespeare has reverted to a team as close to the title-winning side as possible. Expect Shinji Okazaki to continue to partner Vardy in attack.

Likely XI: Kasper Schmeichel; Danny Simpson, Wes Morgan, Robert Huth, Christian Fuchs; Riyad Mahrez, Danny Drinkwater, Wilfred Ndidi, Marc Albrighton; Shinji Okazaki, Jamie Vardy

Sevilla

Manager Jorge Sampaoli opted not to start Steven N'Zonzi for Saturday's showdown with Leganes, although he will surely return to the XI here. The variety of options and versatility of systems the coach uses make Sevilla's personnel difficult to predict.

Likely XI: Sergio Rico; Mariano, Adil Rami, Clement Lenglet, Sergio Escudero; Steven N'Zonzi, Joaquin Correa, Samir Nasri; Vitolo, Pablo Sarabia, Stevan Jovetic

Team news courtesy of Transfermarkt.

 

Preview

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 04:  Craig Shakespeare, caretaker manager of Leicester City looks on during the warm up prior to the Premier League match between Leicester City and Hull City at The King Power Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Leicester, England.  (P
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Plenty has changed for Leicester since their first-leg loss to Sevilla.

More pertinently, the Foxes have a new man in charge, with Ranieri controversially axed the day after the 2-1 loss in Spain. However, the Italian's departure looks to have galvanised the squad, with two home wins picked up from their last two outings.

Crucially for the champions, some key men look as though they're starting to find form again. Mahrez was back at his dazzling best in the win over Hull City, while Vardy's consolation at the Sanchez-Pizjuan has triggered a purple patch.

Per Squawka Football, having struggled early in 2017, the England international is impressing once again:

It means Sevilla will be taking on confident opponents who will be aware they only need to win 1-0 on the night.

There have been signs that Sampaoli's side are beginning to slow down, too. Having been in the La Liga title race for much of the season, they've drawn their last two matches against Alaves and Leganes. It means their focus will now surely be on the Champions League during the run-in.

Sampaoli's side have slowed down a little lately.
Sampaoli's side have slowed down a little lately.Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Indeed, for all their depth, Sevilla are still reliant on a selection of key men. As these numbers illustrate from OptaJose, N'Zonzi, in particular, is so crucial to the way the Andalucians operate:

Earlier in the campaign, Sampaoli's team were one of the most entertaining to watch in Europe. The variety and fluidity in their forward play meant teams found them so difficult to cope with. However, in the two games aforementioned, they've lacked the intensity that was so synonymous with their play.

Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC noticed it on Saturday, as the Andalucians were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Leganes:

Leicester will feel as though they have a good chance here. They may not have been at their best at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan for the first leg, but they picked up a crucial goal and have made noticeable improvements in the weeks since.

Even so, Sevilla were so superior in the first game between the two sides that it's difficult to see them not getting on the scoresheet in this encounter at the King Power Stadium. If they can do that, Leicester will find it difficult to score the goals needed to progress.

Prediction: Leicester 2-2 Sevilla