Looking to maintain their unbeaten record in the Champions League, Manchester City will welcome Sevilla to the Etihad Stadium for their final Group G game on Wednesday.
The Cityzens were held to a goalless draw by Borussia Dortmund in their last European outing, where Riyad Mahrez saw his 53rd-minute penalty saved by Gregor Kobel.
However, the draw ensured City safe passage to the knockout stages as group leaders. They lead the Germans by three points, and Dortmund will need to win their final game by five goals or more and hope City drop points to change the shape of the group.
City returned to winning ways in the Premier League despite being without their injured goal machine Erling Braut Haaland by beating Leicester City 1-0 thanks to a Kevin De Bruyne free kick.
Although City’s upcoming clash against the Spanish strugglers has no bearing on their success in the competition, Pep Guardiola will be keen to come away with a positive result and build momentum ahead of their upcoming fixtures before the World Cup break.
Having won the reverse fixture at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium on opening day, City will be confident of success again on Wednesday even without the presence of their talisman.
City have won 81% of their Champions League home games since Guardiola took charge in 2016, the highest home win percentage in the competition’s history after at least 20 games under the same manager.
The Spaniard also has a solid record against Sevilla, losing just two of his previous 13 meetings against them as a manager (W9, D2).
City are one of only five teams in this season’s Champions League who are yet to lose in the group stage, and that record will be on the line when Jorge Sampaoli’s men visit the Etihad.
Since Sampaoli replaced Julen Lopetegui as head coach at the beginning of October, Sevilla have won just two of their seven matches under the Argentine across all competitions (D3, L2), a run of form which indicates the Spanish side are still struggling for consistency.
Los Rojiblancos secured a 3-0 home win in the Champions League against Copenhagen last week, but that result was followed by a 1-0 league defeat just four days later at home to Rayo Vallecano.
While their league form is nothing to write home about after slipping back into the relegation zone, Sevilla can look forward to a campaign in the Europa League, which they have won six times.
They are in a position in their league for a side that finished fourth last season, but a morale-boosting win over City will do them a world of good ahead of their derby with Real Betis this weekend.
However, the odds are firmly stacked against them as they have lost their last three meetings with the Cityzens and failed to win any of their last six away games in the Champions League (D5, L1).
With this fixture having little to no consequence having already secured qualification, Guardiola could field a heavily rotated side on Wednesday, but the Spaniard will be keen to preserve his side’s unbeaten run.
City have drawn their last two Champions League games against Copenhagen and Dortmund. The last time a team managed by Guardiola played out three consecutive draws in the competition was in April/May 2009, when the Spaniard was in charge of Barcelona.
Haaland will miss the game with an injury, but the Norwegian has been a revelation in this competition, scoring 28 goals in 23 appearances. His 61 minutes per goal ratio is the best of any player to have made 10+ appearances in the competition.
With the former Dortmund hitman set to miss out, Jack Grealish could become a central figure in the City attack.
The Englishman has been involved in more shot-creating actions (31) than any other City player in the Champions League this term. He has also created more chances from open play (10) than any of his City teammates.
Los Rojiblancos will turn their attention to their final Champions League fixture, with Sampaoli’s side aware that they cannot finish any higher than third place in Group G as Dortmund have a better head-to-head record.
However, victory over a Premier League side could be a milestone for the Nervionenses, who have had bitter luck against such sides in the Champions League.
Sevilla’s last win over an English side in the Champions League group stage came in a 3-1 victory over Arsenal in November 2007. Since then, the Rojiblancos are winless in their last seven meetings with English teams (D3, L4).
Isco scored his first Champions League goal when Sevilla beat Copenhagen last time out. It was his first in the competition since scoring against Wednesday’s opposition for Real Madrid in February 2020. He has never scored in consecutive games in this competition.
Manchester City vs Sevilla Predicted Line-ups
Manchester City (4-3-3): Stefan Ortega; Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake, Sergio Gomez; Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan; Phil Foden, Julian Alvarez, Jack Grealish.
Sevilla (4-2-3-1): Marko Dmitrovic; Jesus Navas, Nemanja Gudelj, Marcao, Marcos Acuna; Ivan Rakitic, Joan Jordan; Adnan Januzaj, Isco, Papu Gomez; Rafa Mir.
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Manchester City vs Sevilla Prediction
Both sides are expected to field relatively weakened teams in this tie. However, City are favourites to come away with the win.
Manchester City 2-0 Sevilla
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