Leicester City FC face the toughest test yet of their debut UEFA Champions League campaign when they visit Sevilla FC for the first leg of their round of 16 tie.
• Claudio Ranieri's tournament newcomers reached this stage as Group G winners but now meet a Sevilla side with recent success against English opposition, having defeated Liverpool FC in last season's UEFA Europa League final. Sevilla secured their third last-16 participation in the last decade as Group H runners-up behind Juventus.
• 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).
• They won five of seven European home fixtures played in 2016, including autumn victories over Group H rivals Olympique Lyonnais (1-0) and GNK Dinamo Zagreb (4-0). One of their two defeats came against Juventus (1-3) on matchday five.
• Sevilla suffered their first home loss to English visitors when succumbing 3-1 to Manchester City FC in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League group stage.
• Sevilla beat Liverpool 3-1 in the final of last term's UEFA Europa League in Basel and also overcame Middlesbrough FC 4-0 in the 2006 UEFA Cup decider.
• This is the first time that Leicester have survived in a European campaign beyond Christmas.
• Leicester collected clean sheets in their first two away games in the group stage – winning 3-0 at Club Brugge KV and drawing 0-0 at FC København – but then crashed 5-0 at FC Porto with qualification already assured.
• The English titleholders have won only one of their four previous two-legged European ties – 7-2 agg v Glenavon FC in the 1961/62 European Cup Winners’ Cup preliminary round.
• 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).
Coach and player links
• Ranieri's coaching CV includes spells at Valencia CF (1997–98 and 2004–05) and Atlético (1999–2000). He lost his two preceding meetings with Sevilla as a coach – 2-1 defeats with Atlético (away) in January 2000 and Valencia (home) in October 2004.
• Ranieri's last European tie against Spanish opponents came as coach of Valencia when they beat Liga rivals RCD Espanyol 3-0 on aggregate in the 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup (1-0 a, 2-0 h).
• As Napoli boss, Ranieri got the better of Valencia in the 1992/93 UEFA Cup first round (5-1 a, 1-0 h). With ACF Fiorentina, he lost a 1996/97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup semi-final against FC Barcelona (1-1 a, 0-2 h).
• Steven N'Zonzi took on Leicester three times with Stoke City FC (W2 L1).
• Samir Nasri won his two matches against Leicester with Manchester City FC – both away from home.
• Leonardo Ulloa came off the bench to play Sevilla twice with UD Almería in the 2010/11 Spanish top flight – a 3-1 away victory in December 2010 and a 1-0 home reverse the following May.
• Stevan Jovetić scored past Kasper Schmeichel in Montenegro's 2-1 defeat away to Denmark in a June 2015 friendly. With ACF Fiorentina he scored twice against Liverpool in a 2-0 UEFA Champions League group stage victory in 2009/10.
• Jovetić did not face Leicester during his two seasons in England with Manchester City (2013–15, 30 league appearances, eight goals).
• Christian Fuchs scored on his last trip to Spain for a UEFA Champions League fixture – in FC Schalke 04's 4-3 triumph at Real Madrid in the 2014/15 round of 16, albeit Schalke still lost 5-4 on aggregate.
• Daniel Carriço made three Premier League appearances for Reading FC in 2012/13.
• Have played together:
Steven N'Zonzi & Robert Huth (Stoke City, 2012–14)
• International team-mates:
Michael Krohn-Dehli & Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark)
• Vicente Iborra and Nicolás Pareja are a booking away from a suspension, while Gabriel Mercado serves a one-match ban.
• Sevilla have won eight and drawn two of their 12 fixtures since matchday six. On 15 January, the Andalusian outfit defeated Real Madrid 2-1 at home, a result that ended the European champions' Spanish record 40-game unbeaten run.
• Jovetić has scored three goals in six outings since his January arrival from FC Internazionale Milano and got two assists in Saturday's 2-0 defeat of Eibar.
UEFA Champions League squad changes
• In: Stevan Jovetić, Clément Lenglet, David Soria
• Out: Hiroshi Kiyotake, Timothée Kolodziejczak, Salvatore Sirigu
• Huth and Islam Slimani will incur a suspension with their next booking.
• Leicester have failed to score in their last six Premier League fixtures and also drew a blank in Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup loss at Millwall FC.
• The English champions have won only two of their 11 league games since matchday six.
• Ranieri's team have collected just one point in six top-flight games this year. Their only victories in 2017 have come in the FA Cup, against Everton FC (2-1) and Derby County FC (3-1).
• Slimani, Riyad Mahrez (both Algeria) and Molla Wagué (Mali) failed to progress beyond the group stage with their respective countries at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
• Daniel Amartey played every minute of Ghana's run to the semi-finals of the tournament in Gabon.
UEFA Champions League squad changes
• In: Yohan Benalouane, Wilfred Ndidi, Molla Wagué
• Out: Luis Hernández, Bartosz Kapustka, Jeffrey Schlupp, Marcin Wasilewski
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