Leicester City's fairytale may be over in the Premier League, but they can extend it a little longer in Europe by defeating Sevilla in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday night.
The Foxes posted a respectable 2-1 loss to Jorge Sampaoli's team in Spain and know that a 1-0 victory at the King Power Stadium will put them among the elite eight teams on the continent.
They have been revitalised since Craig Shakespeare took the reins as interim manager, recording back-to-back wins over Liverpool and Hull City at home, and there is a renewed sense of belief around the club ahead of the visit of Samir Nasri and Co. to England.
|Game||Leicester City vs Sevilla|
|Date||Tuesday, March 14, 2017|
|Time||19:45 GMT, 15:45 ET|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 2 and by stream via the BT Sport app, with coverage beginning at 19:00 GMT.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BT Sport 2||BT Sport app|
In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on FS1 and by stream via Fox Soccer 2Go, with coverage beginning at 15:00 ET and 12:00 PT.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|FS1||Fox Soccer 2Go|
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Position||Leicester City players|
|Goalkeepers||Schmeichel, Zieler, Hamer|
|Defenders||Chilwell, Morgan, Huth, Simpson, Fuchs, Benalouane|
|Midfielders||Drinkwater, King, Albrighton, Amartey, Gray, Ndidi, Mahrez|
|Forwards||Musa, Vardy, Slimani, Okazaki, Ulloa|
Leicester's only absentees are Nampalys Mendy (knee) and Molla Wague (shoulder).
Claudio Ranieri utilised a 4-2-3-1 formation in the first leg, his final match in charge of the Foxes, but Shakespeare has named the same team in a 4-4-2 for both of his matches thus far and is unlikely to see a need to change a winning formula.
Potential starting XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy.
|Defenders||Ferreira, Carrico, Escudero, Pareja, Rami, Mercado, Lenglet|
|Midfielders||Kranevitter, Iborra, Nasri, Correa, N'Zonzi, Sarabia, Ganso, Vitolo, Vazquez|
|Forwards||Vietto, Ben Yedder, Jovetic|
Sampaoli is without Benoit Tremoulinas and Borja Lasso (both knee) and his team selection will depend on whether he opts for a four or five-man defence.
Sevilla have used both systems this season and in terms of personnel, the coach's decision is likely between midfielder Vicente Iborra and defender Mariano. Expect Vitolo to operate as part of the forward line in a 4-3-3 but drop into midfield in a 5-3-2.
As Leicester have started to use two strikers again under Shakespeare, the 5-3-2 with three central defenders may have the edge.
Potential starting XI: Rico; Mariano, Mercado, Rami, Pareja, Escudero; Nasri, N'Zonzi, Vitolo; Ben Yedder, Jovetic.
BETTING & GAME ODDS
Despite Leicester's resurgence, Sevilla are 5/4 favourites to win away from home according to Oddschecker . The Foxes are available at 12/5 and the draw is best priced as it stands at 11/4.
Sevilla are heavily favoured to qualify at 2/7, with Leicester a 3/1 shot. The Spaniards' two front men Stevan Jovetic and Wissam Ben Yedder are 11/2 joint-favourites to score first, with Jamie Vardy and Islam Slimani the top picks for the hosts at 7/1.
There should be no revisionist history as to the incredible feat Claudio Ranieri accomplished by guiding Leicester City to the Premier League title last season on the back of two wins without him. His legacy will remain.
But it is obvious that the club's players have taken issue with the way the Italian has been portrayed as the sole reason for the Foxes' success last season and nothing to do with their downfall during the current campaign. After struggling for direction until Ranieri's departure, they are now playing as if they have a point to prove once again.
Perhaps even Craig Shakespeare feels that way, with his part in the title triumph mostly going without recognition until his recent emergence into the public eye as caretaker manager. Both current players and those formerly associated with the club have spoken of his work ethic, coaching excellence and strong relationship with the squad.
Leicester are back to their best in the Premier League but their fast-paced, counter-attacking 4-4-2 remains relatively untested in Europe. They began their continental campaign in that shape but the only top-quality side they faced was Porto and with mixed results, winning 1-0 at home before losing 5-0 away.
Ranieri's final gift was to ensure Leicester remained in this tie going into the home leg. Having lost 2-1 in Spain, another 1-0 victory - a result they specialised in last season - will see them through to the last eight and the magic continue a little.