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Champions League match preview: Sevilla FC v Leicester City

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri Photo: BRUNO FAHY Belga/PA Images

Leicester City are just a few hours away from one of their biggest nights in their 133 year history. The Premier League champions return to action in Europe tonight as they travel to Sevilla FC in the last 16 of the Champions League.

In what has been a miserable league season for the Foxes, tonight's clash can be pre-judged in two different ways;

1.) The Foxes are at serious risk of relegation and some will argue that the Champions League is now a distraction when the priority is trying to stay afloat in the top flight of English football.

2.) Others will say that tonight's clash is not only an opportunity to reach the quarter finals of such a glamorous competition, but if Leicester leave with a satisfying result, it could be the catalyst to a much needed boost in confidence.

Leicester City Football Club

The Leicester City team line up ahead of their Champions League match against Club Brugge Credit: Mike Egerton EMPICS Sport/PA Images

Formed: 1884

Nickname: The Foxes

Honours: Premier League (1): 2016 Championship (7): 1925, 1937, 1954, 1957, 1971, 1980, 2014 League One (1): 2009 League Cup (3): 1964, 1997, 2000

Biggest Champions League away win: 0-3 (v Club Brugge KV)

Biggest Champions League away defeat: 5-0 (v FC Porto)

Best run in Champions League: Round of 16 (Present)

Riyad Mahrez scores in the Champions League Credit: Mike Egerton EMPICS Sport/PA Images

Leicester's Riyad Mahrez hasn't had a lot to shout about in the Premier League this season but he's been one of the stand out players for the Foxes when it comes to Europe. He's Leicester's top goal scorer in the Champions League with four to his name and played a crucial part in ensuring three points in their first ever Champions League match.

Sevilla Football Club

Sevilla during their Champions League match with Lyon Credit: NurPhoto SIPA USA/PA Images

Formed: 1890

Nickname: Los Hispalenses & Los Blanquirrojos

Honours: UEFA Europa League (5): 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016 Spanish La Liga title (1): 1946 Copa del Rey (5): 1935, 1939, 1948, 2007, 2010

Biggest Champions League home win: 4-0 (v GNK Dinamo Zagreb)

Biggest Champions League home defeat: 1-3 (v Juventus) & 1-3 (v Manchester City)

Best run in Champions League: Round of 16 (2008, 2010 & present)

Sevilla have had a fine season so far in La Liga, including wins against Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

In the Champions League they finished 2nd in Group H, recording 3 wins, 2 draws and a defeat in the group stages.

Sevilla's French striker Wissam Ben Yedder Credit: J.L. Cereijido EFE/PA Images

Wissam Yedder will be one to watch if he features this evening. He's been Sevilla's top goalscorer in all competitions this season. The Frenchman has two goals in this year's Champions League.

Sevilla fans at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium Credit: Daniel Gonzalez Acuna Zuma Press/PA Images

The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium is the venue for tonight's game. Sevilla will not only be roared on by their home fans, but they will be full of confidence going into the encounter after their solid league campaign so far.

And although Leicester's title defence has been disappointing, it should be remembered that the Foxes have shown real signs of strength in this competition, topping their group in their first ever Champions League campaign.

This match has all the ingredients to be a real cracker! But who will take a step closer to the quarter finals?

Kick-off is at 19:45.