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Manchester City v Sevilla: Match Preview

  • Manchester City v Sevilla: Match Preview

Manchester City are still waiting to make a big statement in this years Champions League. A win here can give them some stability in the group and set them on their way to challenging Juventus at the summit.

Before they think about tackling Juve at The Juventus Stadium (poetically named), they have back to back games against Europa League winners Sevilla.

City have been made heavy favourites for the game due to Sevilla's relatively poor start, but let's not forget Sevilla cruised past Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-0 in the opening group game, City had to wait until the 90th minute to secure the points against the German outfit. 

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The visiting sides form has picked of late, with a 2-1 victory of Barcelona seemingly being swept under the radar by most. Their big concern lies in their attack, where their top three strikers have only scored three goals between them in La Liga this season.

Team News

City are still without key players Sergio Aguero and David Silva, who are sidelined along with Gael Clichy, Fabian Delph and Aleksander Kolarov. Samir Nasri is the only fresh injury concern for Pellegrini who has to think about squad rotation ahead of  the derby against Manchester United on Sunday.

The big questions will surround the defence. The rest of the team picks itself (in these uncertain times after injuries) but with Kompany dropped for playing for Belgium when considered not fully fit, there are question marks over who will start. 

I think Pellegrini will be crazy not to start his captain in such a big game, and I also think Otamendi will get the nod over Mangala next to the skipper. Otamendi is a much better ball player than Mangala and with Sevilla's out of form strike force it will be up to him to step out of defence and let Kompany sit on Gamiero.

How can City win?

I think City will find it quite easy to shut Sevilla out, the challenge will be to get ahead in the game. Sevilla will set up with a very defensive midfield and will look to frustrate City in the early stages. They will know that if City's starting XI get frustrated there isn't a lot coming off the bench for the home side with their countless injuries.

Pellegrini will need to be targeting Sevilla fullbacks. They have a strong central midfield and it'll be important for City to stretch the traveling side. Grzegorz Krychowiak, a target for Arsenal in the summer and more recently Manchester City, will sit in front of the back four and look to stop Kevin De Bruyne from dropping in to the area between the defence and midfield.

Predicted Team:

Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Otamendi, Sagna; Toure, Fernandinho; Navas, De Bruyne, Sterling; Bony

Score Prediction: 2-0

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