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Manchester City vs Sevilla: Champions League match preview, predicted lineups, quotes, form, injuries and how to watch
We preview Man City's Matchday 6 clash against Sevilla in Group G of the Champions League.
When and where to watch Man City vs Sevilla
Man City vs Sevilla kicks off at 8pm on Wednesday 2 November.
You can catch all the action from 7.15pm at the Etihad exclusively live on BT Sport 3.
Man City vs Sevilla match preview
Manchester City go into another game in the Champions League with very little riding on it.
The Citizens are already guaranteed to finish top of their group thanks to their head-to-head record with Dortmund.
And Sevilla are guaranteed Europa League football for the rest of the season having beaten and drawn against bottom-of-the-table Copenhagen.
Man City should see out Group G without too much hassle against a Sevilla side they demolished 4-0 in Spain on Matchday 1.
So expect both clubs to make changes and not take any big risks this close to the World Cup and with important league fixtures coming up at both ends of the table.
On Saturday, Manchester City have the chance to reclaim top spot in the Premier League when they take on Fulham. Current table toppers Arsenal play Chelsea the day after.
Sevilla play away at high-flying Real Betis on Sunday and need points to escape the relegation zone.
With Erling Haaland out, Julian Alvarez should get a chance to play, having been involved in City’s last two 0-0 draws in the competition, plus their 1-0 win over Leicester at the weekend.
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Man City vs Sevilla predicted lineups
Man City: (4-3-3) Ederson; Akanji, Dias, Ake, Cancelo, Rodri, Gundogan, Silva, De Bruyne, Foden, Alvarez.
Sevilla: (4-4-2) Dmitrovic; Montiel, Gudelj, Marcao, Alex Telles, Suso, Rakitic, Jordan, Gomez, Isco, Dolberg.
Man City vs Sevilla: Injuries and suspensions
With Man City already through to the knockout stages of the Champions League, Pep Guardiola will rest top goalscorer Erling Haaland’s for Wednesday's visit of Sevilla.
The Norwegian sat out of City’s win over Leicester at the weekend after suffering an ankle injury during the 0-0 draw with his former side Borussia Dortmund last week.
Guardiola said, "He won't play against Sevilla, because we have already qualified and hopefully against Fulham he can help us.”
That means Julian Alvarez could be given another chance to impress up front after filling in on Saturday.
Youngster Cole Palmer would’ve probably been given the chance to impress with not too much riding on this match, but he’s also out through injury.
Sergio Gomez is available for selection again after being sent off against Copenhagen and missing City’s trip to Germany last time out.
Sevilla arrive at the Etihad without French defender Tanguy Nianzou after he tore a muscle in the La Liga match against Valencia last month.
Also out is striker Youssef En-Nesyri. The Moroccan international came off the bench to score against Copenhagen in Sevilla’s last Champions League match, but missed his side’s home defeat to Rayo Vallecano at the weekend with a hamstring injury.
Form (last 6 matches)
Man City – WWDLWW
Sevilla - LDWDLL
Man City vs Sevilla: Form guide
Man City beat Leicester 1-0 at the weekend thanks to a bit of magic from Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian’s ferocious freekick found the top corner and secured three points for City, although they also needed a tremendous save from Ederson to deny Youri Tielemans’ stunning volley.
The win saw City top the Premier League table on Saturday, before Arsenal took it back off them with a win on Sunday.
In the Champions League, City wrapped up top spot in the group with a 0-0 draw in Dortmund last week.
That followed another 0-0 draw in Copenhagen the week before. Two stalemates in a row is surprising for a side that have scored goals so freely, but having a man sent off in Norway and not needing to win in Germany perhaps played their parts.
In front of their own fans Pep will be hoping his team can put on a show before the knockout stages in the new year.
Sevilla have had a nightmare season so far. They find themselves third from bottom of La Liga and have lost their last two matches, including a 1-0 defeat at home to Rayo Vallecano at the weekend.
The Spanish side sacked their manager Julen Lopetegui after their 4-1 defeat at home to Dortmund in the Champions League last month.
Former boss Jorge Samaoli took charge and things improved slightly with five points from nine in his first three games in charge. A defeat away to Real Madrid was to be expected, but the weekend’s home defeat to Vallecano would’ve come as a big blow.
In the Champions League, things have improved too with a 1-1 away draw to Dortmund and a 3-0 home win against Copenhagen. Those results have secured Europa League football for Sevilla for the rest of the season – a competition that Sevilla have historically done so well in.
Man City vs Sevilla: Last time they met
Manchester City kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 4-0 thrashing over Sevilla in Spain on Matchday 1.
Two goals from Erling Haaland, plus strikes from Phil Foden and Ruben Dias ensured Pep’s men took an early lead in the group and they haven’t looked back since.
He said what?!
Pep on star man Kevin De Bruyne's exceptional performance against Leicester at the weekend:
"He's back. He was not playing good last games, today he was amazing. He knows it.
"He's a player who needs the dynamic and to be free but it's difficult with a back five and four players close to the back five.
We have an exceptional team, you have to be patient and don't give away set-pieces. At the end we were playing low rhythm and we suffered."
Man City vs Sevilla: Players to watch
Despite having Europe’s hottest striker in the team, Julian Alvarez has been getting a lot of playing time in the Champions League.
He started against Dortmund last week and Copenhagen away. Unfortunately both matches ended 0-0.
At the weekend, Alvarez started against Leicester, but it needed a Kevin De Bruyne freekick to break the deadlock.
So far this season, Alvarez has managed two goals in ten Premier League appearances for Man City.
Both those goals came in a 6-0 rout against bottom-of-the-league Nottingham Forest at the end of August – and when City were already 4-0 up.
In the Champions League Alvarez has one goal in five matches – the final goal in a 5-0 rout of Copenhagen.
With a chance to impress in front of his home fans, Alverez has a chance to get on the scoresheet and make a real difference.
Man City vs Sevilla: Key stats
- Sevilla are winless in all three UEFA Champions League meetings with Man City (L3), only facing Borussia Dortmund more often without winning in the competition (four games).
- Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has only lost two of his 13 games against Sevilla as a manager (W9 D2), with his teams averaging 2.5 goals per game against them (33 in total). His only home defeat against them came in January 2010, with his Barcelona side losing in the Copa del Rey against Manolo Jiménez’s Sevilla (1-2).
- Sevilla’s last win over an English side in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League was in November 2007 - a 3-1 victory over Arsenal, in which Jesús Navas started. Since then, Sevilla are winless in the last seven such games (D3 L4), with the last two both being 0-4 defeats – v Chelsea and Man City.
- Manchester City have won 81% of their home games in the UEFA Champions League since Pep Guardiola took charge of the club (26/32). Among managers with at least 20 home games in charge of a team in the competition, Guardiola’s Man City have the highest home win percentage in the competition’s history.
- Isco netted for Sevilla last time out, in what was his first UEFA Champions League goal since scoring against Manchester City for Real Madrid in February 2020. In 77 appearances in the competition, he has never previously found the net in consecutive games.