Leicester are not in terrible shape heading into the second leg of their Champions League tie — but they have a lot of work to do if they want to advance.
Leicester City have not really had the kind of season they wanted after their storybook campaign from a year ago ended in a shocking English Premier League title win, falling into the relegation battle, barely scraping through in the Champions League, and ultimately firing their manager, Claudio Ranieri. Now they’re getting ready to host Sevilla for the second and final leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie, and they’re definitely not in good shape if they want to advance.
Of course, not everything is completely dire for Leicester — since the firing of Ranieri, interim manager Craig Shakespeare has guided his struggling team to two straight 3-1 victories, first over Liverpool and then over Hull City. It helped that both matches were at home, just like this match, which could boost their chances — but Sevilla won’t be going easy on them at all.
Sevilla haven’t been beaten since late January, a run that includes a dive match winning streak. They haven’t won in their last two games, though, which could give Leicester an opening — but the fact remains that Sevilla absolutely dominated the first leg of this tie, with the 2-1 aggregate score coming into this match not really reflecting the run of play. They easily could have won that match by three or four goals, but stepped off the gas late in the match. If they stay on-task in this match they should be able to easily brush Leicester aside and win this tie, which is the only acceptable result to their fans in a season with ever-growing expectations.
To watch this match online in the United States, you can stream it on the Fox Soccer 2GO subscription service, or depending on your internet provider you can watch it for free on Fox Sports Go. In England, it will be on BT Sport Live Streaming, and while it isn’t being shown online in Spain, you can find viewing options in other countries on LiveSoccerTV.
TV: Fox Sports 1 (U.S. – English), Fox Deportes (U.S. – Spanish), BT Sport 2 (U.K.), Movistar+, TV3, Antena 3 (Spain)
Match Date/Time: Tuesday, 3:45 p.m. ET, 7:45 p.m. local
Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester, England