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It’s easy to see Leicester’s game against Sevilla on Wednesday going one of two distinctive ways. Either the Foxes will continue on with their fantastic performances in the Champions League to provide a welcome boost to manager Claudio Ranieri, or, they are going to get well and truly hammered, leaving Ranieri’s position hanging by a thread.
The last two seasons have followed that all-or-nothing pattern for Leicester. They provided one of the greatest stories in sporting history by winning the Premier League last season but this time around they’ve been nothing short of woeful with relegation an increasing worry. Given Sevilla’s own very good form this season, it’s hard to foresee anything other than another chastening evening for Ranieri and his team.
Sevilla 4/11 (Paddy Power)
Draw 15/4 (Betway)
Leicester 8/1 (Ladbrokes)
Spanish football has long been dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, recent years have seen Atletico Madrid at least threaten to spoil the big two’s party. Atletico have won La Liga and made it through to two Champions League finals while Diego Simeone’s stock has risen to make him one of the most in-demand managers in world football.
All of that paints a picture of just how impressive it is that Sevilla are currently third in La Liga.
Few people expected the team from Southern Spain to improve so much given they lost their successful manager Unai Emery to PSG during the summer. Emery had brought Sevilla an unprecedented three straight Europa League successes but his replacement, Jorge Sampaoli, has built on Emery’s team with sensational results. That’s not gone unnoticed elsewhere with Sampaoli tipped to takeover at either Arsenal or Barcelona next season.
For now, the Argentine is aiming to take Sevilla through to the final eight of the Champions League for the first time in their history. At best odds of 4/11 with Paddy Power for Wednesday’s game, the bookies are certainly expecting them to take a giant step towards that goal.
Leicester’s odds of 8/1 with Ladbrokes makes the size of their task plain. The Foxes somehow have to get their game up to a level to be competitive against this hugely impressive Sevilla team just days after they were beaten by a League One side with 10 men. Leicester’s players are at odds with the manager and the fans are anything but happy. There is only one option in the Outright Betting Market.
Sevilla 2-0 @ 6/1 (Paddy Power)
Sevilla 1-0 @ 11/2 (Coral)
Sevilla 2-1 @ 8/1 (Betfair)
Draw 1-1 @ 8/1 (Betfair)
Sevilla 3-0 @ 9/1 (Paddy Power)
Sevilla 3-1 @ 12/1 (William Hill)
It’s no surprise to see that two selections reflecting Sevilla winning to nil are at the top of the Correct Score market. Not only are Sevilla the third highest scoring team in La Liga (no prizes for guessing the top two) but Leicester are yet to score a league goal in 2017.
Sampaoli’s team are known for their attractive, possession based style of football but they’ve also got a decent defensive record with five clean sheets out of their six Champions League matches so far. Given Leicester’s lack of any form in front of goal you’d have to expect that the away side will struggle even to create chances and that Sevilla can record their sixth shutout.
Cheered on by a packed house at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, Sevilla are going to have the vast majority of the ball and create plenty of chances. Leicester, on the other hand are at their lowest ebb and their fans are expecting to lose. That makes the 3-0 correct score look well worth a flutter at odds of 9/1 with Paddy Power.
Luciano Vietto 10/3 (Bet365)
Wissam Ben Yedder 10/3 (Ladbrokes)
Stevan Jovetic 9/2 (Bet365)
Vitolo 6/1 (Bet365)
Franco Vazquez 13/2 (Paddy Power)
Pablo Sarabia 7/1 (Bet365)
Samir Nasri 7/1 (Bet365)
Islam Slimani 10/1 (William Hill)
While Leicester are suffering in terms of scoring, Sevilla have a host of quality attacking options to threaten Kasper Schmeichel’s goal. No fewer than six players have found the back of the net for Sevilla in the Champions League this season and they, understandably, monopolise the top of the First Goalscorer market.
Of all the options available to you, Wissam Ben Yedder looks the best at 10/3 with Ladbrokes. The Frenchman has already bagged 15 goals in all competitions even though his last goal came just seven days into the New Year. He’s going to give Robert Huth and Wes Morgan the runaround and could be the man to break the deadlock.
Sevilla to win at 4/11 with Paddy Power
3-0 correct score at 9/1 with Paddy Power