Sevilla 2 : 1 Leicester City – All goals and Highlights
Champions League Final Stage 1/8, Season 2016/17 - Sevilla 2 : 1 Leicester City - All goals and Highlights Half Time finished with scoreline 1:0 Game ended after Full Time with scoreline 2:1
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.
Jurgen Klopp on Barcelona radar
Barcelona have put Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp near the top of their wish list to replace Luis Enrique, reports the Mirror. Enrique is under pressure following Barcelona’s 4-0 humbling to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Klopp, as well as Merseyside rival and former Barca defender Ronald Koeman, are two potential options to replace the Spaniard should he leave at the end of the season. Luis Enrique's possible replacements' list also includes Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli who is considered as one of the best managers in the world at the moment. However, the Chilean has spoken to the media and said that he doesn't intend to join the Catalan side.
Sevilla draw Villarreal with Nasri missing the penalty
Sevilla hosted Villarreal in a La Liga Week 21 match, with an aim of winning the match and not allowing Barcelona occupy the second place. However, Jorge Sampaoli's men didn't manage to find the key to Villarreal's goal. Moreover, Samir Nasri didn't convert the penalty kick in the 49th minute. The game ended with a goalless draw, and Sevilla allows Barcelona to overcome them.
Sevilla confident over Sampaoli future
Sevilla are confident that manager Jorge Sampaoli will be staying with the club despite links to a move away, and is already planning for the future according to club president Jose Castro. "Sampaoli is not at Sevilla just pasing by, he talks to us about the future,” he told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope. "Sampaoli is very happy here and is already planning for next season." Sampaoli joined Sevilla in 2016 after Unai Emery's departure to PSG, and since then Sevilla became one of the biggest surprises in La Liga, currently occupying the second place behind Real Madrid and ahead of Barcelona.
Real Madrid striker said “NO” to 20 clubs
Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz was highly demanded during the January transfer window. However, the club academy product decided to stay at Real Madrid and show his abilities under Zidane's command. The Dominican has had offers from many European clubs, such as Sevilla, Villarreal, Malaga, Espanyol, Sporting Gijon in Spain, Lazio, Fiorentina and Genoa in Serie A and Olympique Marseille in Ligue 1. Clubs from England were also interested in the young talent. Leicester City, Southampton and West Ham were eager to see him in their teams. Eintracht Frankfurt was another contestant for the striker's transfer and wanted to get him to their team along with another Real Madrid loanee Jesus Vallejo. However, Mariano didn't want any move away from Madrid. He has decided to stay at the club where he played in 9 matches and scored 5 goals, having spent 223 minutes on the field.
N’Zonzi signs a new contract with Sevilla
Steven N'Zonzi has signed a new contract with Sevilla. The 28-year-old French midfielder has penned an extension with Sevilla which will keep him at the La Liga club until the summer of 2020. Ex-Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City star N'Zonzi was being linked with a Premier League return over the past few months. Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Juventus, reportedly, had been interested in landing him. Nonetheless, ultimately he will remain in Seville for the next three years.
Brilliant quotes from the football world
Players get famous not only due to their amazing performances but also for their memorable and unique quotes. Here are the best ones! "You’re on your own out there … With ten mates… Whichever team scores more goals usually wins.” Michael Owen “People who know me, love me. People who don’t know me love me too… or they hate me.” Mario Balotelli “My mother thinks I am the best. And I was raised to always believe what my mother tells me.” Diego Maradona “An injured Zlatan is a pretty serious thing for any team.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic “I definitely want my son to be christened, but I don’t know into what religion yet.” David Beckham "Predictions just at the end of the match." João Vieira Pinto "First I went left, he did too. Then I went right, and he did too. Then I went left again, and he went to buy a hot dog.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic “We lost because we didn't win.” Ronaldo "Messi may have 4 golden balls but I don't have to get on a box to buy a chocolate bar in a vending machine." Zlatan Ibrahimovic “Messi scores a goal and celebrates. Cristiano scores a goal and poses like he’s in a shampoo commercial.” Diego Maradona “Look, I’m a coach. I’m not Harry Potter. He is magical, but in reality there is no magic. Magic is fiction and football is real.” Jose Mourinho “Finally my shirt brought Paul Pogba back to Man United.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic “I would not be bothered if we lost every game as long as we won the league.” Mark Viduka “This season I picked up 14 yellow cards, but I earned only 8 of them. The remaining 7 are because of the referees.” Paul Pogba “I don’t blame Beckham, but we’ve lost because of him.” Ian Wright Rafael van der Vaart blamed Zlatan on intentionally getting an injury. “I didn’t injure you on purpose, and you know that. If you accuse me again I’ll break both your legs, and that time it will be on purpose.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic "I'm a bit proud of my first red card as a coach. I approached the fourth official and said: 'How many mistakes are allowed here? If it's 15, you have one more." Jurgen Klopp "I'd like to play for an Italian club, like Barcelona." Mark Draper
Sevilla defeat Osasuna in goal fest match (3-4, Highlights)
Sevilla continue the title race in La Liga as Jorge Sampaoli's men managed to earn a hard-fought victory over Osasuna. The match ended with the final score of 3-4, with Sevilla being behind twice. Vicente Iborra was the hero of the match, as the player scored two goals against Osasuna and sent the ball into his own net for one occasion. Sevilla are now only one point behind Real Madrid, having played one match more than the leader.
TOP-5 MIDWEEK Clashes you should NOT miss
Holidays are over, and we are all back to our duties, however, our beloved football world is still holding our hands not letting us to fall into post-holiday depression. Here we present a couple of awesome games that will color up your weekdays. Manchester United vs Hull City English League Cup, Semifinals January 10, 20:00 UTC Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England Referee: Kevin Friend After defeating West Ham and Newcastle United in the quarterfinals, Hull City and Manchester United are here to decide who will be the first finalist of English League Cup. Taking into account how the recent forms of these teams differ from each other, one might think of a possibility of seeing Jose Mourinho’s first final as the Red Devils’ head. The Manchester side are undefeated in their last 14 games in all competitions, having won the vast majority of it. Hull City, on contrast, have won only two clashes out of their last 10 games. The head-to-head statistics of these teams are not giving hope to Hull City either. There have no wins against Red Devils with only one draw and eight losses in last nine face-to-face encounters. However, League Cup has always been keen on surprising the fans, and the weekend win against Swansea (2-0) might be a big push for Hull City enthusiasm. League Cup final might be one of the only chances to shine in the current season. Missing Players Manchester United: Rojo (injured), Bailly (out of squad) Hull City: Bruce, Will Keane, Luer, Odubajo, Davies (all injured), Elmohamady, Mbokani (out of squad) Southampton vs Liverpool English League Cup, Semifinals January 11, 19:45 UTC Venue: Saint Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, England Referee: Neil Swarbrick Liverpool being in the second semifinals of the League Cup brings the fans hope to witness the historic English battle Manchester United vs Liverpool… But still there is a chance of having final Hull City vs Southampton, which, to be honest, does not seem a realistic scenario. Why? Southampton, as well as Hull City, are not having their best season. Three out of the last five games have been lost, last four games bringing no wins to the Saints. Head-to-head statistics against Liverpool, however, are not that bad for Southampton. Last two games have been home clashes with no loss, as the Saints won (3-2) and drew (0-0) last two face-to-face encounters. Missing Players Southampton: Austin, Boufal, Hesketh, Mccarthy, Targett, Pied, Fonte (all injured) Liverpool: Ings, Henderson (both injured), Matip (unfit), Mane (out of squad) Barcelona vs Athletic January 11, 20:15 UTC Copa del Rey, Round of 16 Venue: Cam Nou, Barcelona, Spain Referee: Jesus Gil Manzano, Spain If the top-5 clashes of the midweek were not sorted by dates in this selection, this would be first game as measured by the importance of the matches. Athletic Bilbao managed to win the first leg clash (2-1) and a simple draw will help Athletic to proceed the defending champions. Barcelona, in turn, are not experiencing their best season. Failing to win against Villarreal during the weekend, Luis Enrique side went down the league table and are now occupying the third position. The football fans expect Athletic to “park the bus”, while Barcelona squad will be furious in their attempt to prove all the critics wrong. I am certainly not missing the clash. Missing players Barcelona: Cillessen (injured) Athletic Bilbao: Aketxe, De Marcos, Yeray (all injured) Juventus vs Atalanta Coppa Italia, Round of 16 January 11, 19:45 UTC Venue: Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy Referee: Piero Giacomelli Juventus vs Atalanta is one of the clashes in Coppa Italia Round of 16 which really needs attention. This is the game of the first and sixth teams of Serie A, which is at least worth a glance. Despite the fact Massimiliano Allegri’s team is not expected to feature with their first team, they are still the obvious favorites of the opposition. Sevilla vs Real Madrid January 12, 21:15 UTC Copa del Rey, Round of 16 Venue: Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain The result of this two-leg clash has been predetermined in the first-leg. Zinedine Zidane’s unstoppable machine went through Sevilla (3-0), despite the fact that the latter show pretty decent football in the current season and are even above Barcelona in Spanish La Liga league table. They are now occupying the second place. However, the actual game flow was is not obvious from the score. The referee of the clash (Mateu Lahoz) has been criticized recently for numerous mistakes, all in favor of the Madrid side. Will Sevilla be able to revive the intrigue of the clash if the arbitrage is fairer? Less likely, as Los Blancos look incredible in any case. But one thing is sure: Jorge Sampaoli side will try to correct their mistakes, and their try is worth watching.