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Sevilla vs Leicester City. Preview and Prediction
The Leicester fairy tale continues as Claudio Ranieri’s side are still much alive in Champions League and visit Sevilla today. The Foxes have a poor run in Premier League this season as they are on the verge of falling into the relegation zone, while their journey in Europe reminds us of the team that surprised the whole world last year. Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla is a hard rival for them to overcome, as the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan outlet are currently breathing on Barcelona’s back in La Liga, having shown some incredible football throughout the championship, including the impressive victory over leaders Real Madrid earlier this year. The match at Sanchez Pizjuan promises to be an entertaining one. Leicester will try to use their goal opportunities and present the next surprise of the UCL playoffs. Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy will be the cornerstones to rely on. However, Sevilla are in a good run of form, too. Samir Nasri’s renaissance and Vitolo’s velocity will fuel the Spanish side’s engine. Being famous for his ability to fight in cup competitions, Jorge Sampaoli will surely prepare some unexpected moves for Claudio Ranieri. Team News Sevilla have been using different playing schemes throughout the season, and it’s hard to predict which one Sampaoli will choose for today’s game. Concerning the squad, there are two missing players for the hosts, as Benoit Tremoulinas and Michael Krohn-Dehli are out due to injuries. Nico Pareja will almost certainly miss the game as he hasn’t recovered from the injury yet. On the other hand, Vicente Iborra is back to the team after sitting out the last game due to suspension. Leicester City will have to cope without Islam Slimani, who has failed to recover from a groin injury and hasn’t arrived in Andalusia with the rest of the team. Also, Leonardo Ulloa’s participation is still under doubt and Ranieri will make a decision only in the last minute. Robert Huth is the only player who risks to miss the next match providing that he is booked today. Head to Head These two teams haven’t met with each other before and today’s game is their first ever clash. It will make the game more interesting. What about teams’ form, Sevilla are in a much better position here, having lost only one of last 6 games. Sevilla: WWDLWW Leicester: LLWLLD The club now coached by Jorge Sampaoli are looking to make the last eight of Europe's elite club competition for the first time since their inaugural continental campaign in 1957/58. That run ended with a heavy quarter-final loss to eventual winners Real Madrid CF (0-8 a, 2-2 h). Their only previous two-legged knockout tie against Premier League opposition brought a 4-3 aggregate success (2-1 h, 2-2 a) for Sevilla over Tottenham Hotspur FC in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup quarter-finals. This is the first time that Leicester have survived in a European campaign beyond Christmas. Two of the Foxes' three previous European campaigns ended against Spanish opposition. Club Atlético de Madrid eliminated them in both the 1961/62 European Cup Winners' Cup first round (1-1 h, 0-2 a) and the 1997/98 UEFA Cup first round (1-2 a, 0-2 h). Possible lineups Sevilla – Sergio Rico, Mariano, Lenglet, Rami, Escudero, N’Zonzi, Iborra, Vitolo, Nasri, Vazquez, Jovetic Leicester – Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy Prediction Sevilla are looking firm to grab three points at home with all the odds favoring them over Leicester. I believe that Sampaoli’s side will push hard today to secure their ticket to the quarters and decide the outcome of the tie here and now. That’s why I think that Sevilla will score at least two goals. Most probably, they will earn a 3-0 victory. My bet is “Sevilla Total Goals over 2” with odds 1.82 at Vbet.com.
Inter defender on several clubs radar
Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid are tracking Inter Milan defender Jeison Murillo, according to calciomercato.com. City reportedly made an official offer for the Colombia international in January, which was met with negativity from Inter. It is understood Inter would like to extend Murillo’s current deal at the San Siro beyond its expiry in 2020. Note that Murillo has made 27 appearances during this season.
Zidane: It’s not time for summer transfer talks
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane refused to be drawn on the long-term futures of a number of players in his current squad at the Bernabeu. When asked about summer exits at a press conference, the Frenchman said: "We cannot talk about what is going to happen in July. “The players are not thinking about those things right now, only about the competition and about what we can do on the pitch. We will see what happens this summer." A number of high-profile players – including Isco and James Rodriguez – are believed to be unsettled with the lack of game-time under Zidane, while the likes of Pepe are out of contract in the summer.
Manager in Mexico sent off for coming onto pitch and tackling opponent
Famous Argentinian coach Ricardo La Volpe is one of the most interesting and well-known figures in Mexican football. He is not only a world-cup winning goalkeeper, but also managed Mexico national team and now works for Club America. During their latest match, Ricardo La Volpe couldn't hesitate to come onto the pitch and to tackle the opponent, who prevented that hadn't heard the referee whistle. However, La Volpe was sent off after this action. To recall, Club America were participating in Club World Cup 2016, and La Volpe was one the spotlight again, as he warned his players not to concede a late goal from Sergio Ramos or they will get a punishment.
Isco thinks about leaving Real Madrid
Isco is willing to leave Real Madrid this summer, reports Marca. The Spain international is happy at the Bernabeu but he has not established himself as a key first-team player during three-and-a-half-year spell in the Spanish capital. As such, his representatives have informed the Spaniard's suitors that he would be willing to accept a good offer to leave the European champions this summer. Isco is out of contract in 2018 and Real Madrid have yet to reach an agreement with the playmaker over a new deal. The club are aware that they will have to sell him this summer if they cannot agree a new deal as they face the prospect of losing him on a free transfer next year. Manchester City, who are long-term admirers of Isco, have shown a lot of interest in him of late, while Chelsea, who are also interested, have met with an intermediary. Juventus are keen too, but the player would prefer to move to the Premier League.
Barcelona line up two defenders to replace the injured Vidal
According to Sport, Barcelona have lined up two fullbacks to replace the injured Aleix Vidal. The 27-year-old defender will miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious ankle injury against Alaves earlier this month and the La Liga side have already lined up two potential replacements. Barca have already contacted Malaga’s Roberto Rosales and Deportivo La Coruna’s Juanfran. Rosales’ buy-out clause is set at €6m, while Juanfran’s is set at €8m. Barcelona are expected to make a decision at the end of the week, and they are aware that they would be able to sell either player at the end of the season as both full-backs have suitors ahead of the summer transfer window.
Toni Kroos will not join Man Utd
Toni Kroos will not be joining Manchester United from Real Madrid this summer. According to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, the 27-year-old midfielder is not thinking about departing the Santiago Bernabeu anytime soon. Recent reports are suggesting that United are ready to bid for the German international at the end of the season, however, Balague told Sky Sports that such a transfer will not take place. “I do not believe that is going to happen, I think that Kroos will stay, he is happy at the club and there is no more talk of that," said Balague.
Barcelona players back Luis Enrique
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says the club’s players are behind under-pressure coach Luis Enrique. Barca’s 4-0 defeat at PSG last week prompted heavy speculation over Enrique’s future at the Camp Nou, with several reports suggesting the La Liga champions will look to replace the Spaniard at the end of the season. Pique has backed his boss, who led Barca to a domestic and European treble in 2014/15, and says the squad are behind him. "With Luis Enrique we came from the worst place and we won the treble,” he is quoted as saying in Sport. “I know football has no memory but I'd like us to look back and see all the work he has done with us. I don't understand how people have such short memories. Beyond that, everything he achieved as a player too. "We are with the coach to the death. Together we will all try to move forward."
Cristiano Ronaldo. Best Skills, Assists & Goals | 2016/2017
Cristiano Ronaldo is back to his very top as he is starting to show the football that we are used to seeing from him. His amazing displays against Napoli and Espanyol once again proved that he still has the fire in his feet. In this video, you will see his best skills, goals and assists in 2016/17 season.
Manchester United want to sign Real Madrid midfielder
Manchester United are ready to bid for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos. According to The Sun, the Premier League side had the 2014 World Cup winner in their grasp in 2013/14 but Kroos opted for a move to Real Madrid instead. Nevertheless, the Red Devils head coach Jose Mourinho is ready to try and sign the 27-year-old Germany international again as the 54-year-old specialist looks to build his team again for next season. The move for ex-Bayern Munich midfielder comes as doubts continue to surface over Antoine Griezmann's £100million move to Old Trafford. The Atletico Madrid playmaker has been scouted by United scouts, however, the 25-year-old striker is waiting to see if they make it into the Champions League next season.