Football and particularly football betting is hot, premier league round of 16 is on, and will see more action on Wednesday. Although the action isn’t quite exclusive as one would imagine. Starting with Sevilla and Leicester City, where a tie wouldn’t be the most glamorous in Champions League history. Pre-round-of-16 odds had neither club among top nine favoured to win the trophy — but that is precisely what makes this meeting so fascinating: Sevilla and Leicester are two of European football’s overachievers, albeit in completely different ways.
The Champions League has become depressingly repetitive in recent years for example, this year this round has seen Bayern Munich and Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona meet yet again, so a clash between two sides that have never faced one another offers genuine intrigue. The fact Sevilla and Leicester are considered such outsiders, despite the fact they are the Europa League and Premier League champions respectively, partly explains how routine the tournament has become.
These two sides have been among the most interesting sides tactically over the past 18 months. Sevilla were a very fine, well-organised team under Unai Emery but, after his decision to join PSG last summer, the appointment of Jorge Sampaoli meant a change to a more attractive, high-tempo, attack-minded approach.
For most sides, continuity is one of the fundamental building blocks of success. Winning teams take time to build, after all. But Sevilla are the exception that proves the rule: they sell their best talent every single summer – usually at a massive profit – and yet all the pieces always fall back together, as if by magic.
Europe has been a welcome distraction for Leicester this season, and never more than now. The Foxes are in a rut domestically: they have yet to score in the Premier League in 2017 and were dumped out of the FA Cup by League One Millwall at the weekend. With each passing week, the spectre of relegation grows stronger.
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It’s rare to see a side as long as 9.60 to win a match in the knockout stages, but that price is probably a fair reflection of Leicester’s form. They have been woeful at both ends of the pitch since the turn of the year and there’s little reason to think they’ll spring a surprise on Wednesday.
Sevilla are 1.42 to come out on top, which seems fair. Only Barcelona and Juventus have won as visitors to the Sánchez Pizjuán this term, and if you remove that pair and Real Madrid (all significantly better sides than Leicester) from the reckoning, the Los Blanquirrojos have won 11/12 (91.67%) of their home matches since the season began.
Over/Under 2.5 Goals
For much of the season Sevilla’s games were marked by wild scorelines, their attack making up for defensive shortcomings in thrilling fashion. But they have become a touch more circumspect of late: their last three games have yielded three clean sheets but only three goals.
Given Leicester’s woeful attacking returns this year, we won’t be expecting much of a contribution from them on the goals front. Add in the fact that four of Sevilla’s six group games stayed below the 2.5-goal line, the unders holds some appeal at 2.12. Football betting is hot and yet hotter at Betregal.com