Sports Mole previews Tuesday’s Champions League clash between Sevilla and Manchester City, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Manchester Cityis the latest in a long line of quests for Champions League the glory begins on Tuesday, as the La Liga giants Seville welcome the Premier League champions to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Group G.
The Citizens were knocked out in the semi-finals by Real Madrid last year, while Los Palanganas were knocked out of the group stage before battling unsuccessfully for Europa League glory.
Before the 2021-22 season, Sevilla had never failed to come out of their Champions League group – albeit with limited success in the knockout stages – but Julen LopeteguiThe team could only finish third behind Lille and Red Bull Salzburg last season.
Previous success in Europe’s secondary tournament also counted for nothing as Sevilla lost to West Ham United in the Europa League Round of 16, but a fourth-place finish in La Liga gave Los Palanganas another chance to test their mettle in the lead pack.
The breaking of Jules Kounde–Diego Carlos The defensive partnership had a profound effect on the Sevilla side, however, and Lopetegui led his side just one point from their opening four La Liga fixtures to leave them 17th in the embryonic table.
The visit to a frantic Barcelona was only ever going to end one way, as Eric Garcia, Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski propelled La Blaugrana to a 3-0 success at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to leave Sevilla still waiting for their first win of the new season.
The home faithful can take comfort in the fact that their side are unbeaten in six Champions League Matchday 1 group stage games – they have however drawn each of their last four – and one point against Man City can be celebrated like all three this week.
There was not to be a third consecutive hat-trick for Erling Braut Haaland at the weekend, and although the towering Norwegian scored 10 Premier League goals for the season at Villa Park, Man City still dropped two points early.
Haaland was on hand to meet Kevin De Bruynethe precise cross to the back of the stick to tap home the opener in the second half, but Leon BaileyThe thunderbolt restored parity for Villa, who were wrongly disallowed a second goal for offside when Philippe Coutinho looted house.
Arsenal now have the chance to clear four points from Man City at the top of the Premier League table with a victory over Manchester United, but there is still plenty of domestic football to be played in the coming months, and City fans are growing also. looking forward to continental honour.
The shine of Karim Benzemaskill of Vinicius Junior and the super-sub impact of Rodrygo all contributed to Real Madrid’s astonishing 6-5 aggregate victory over City in the Champions League semi-finals last year, but the Manchester club were never knocked out of the group stage under Guardiola.
Man City ran out 5-2 wins from two games in their first encounter with Sevilla in the 2015-16 group stage, and if the home side weren’t already fearful enough of an in-form Haaland, the 22-year-old scored four goals. in two games for Borussia Dortmund against Los Palanganas in 2020-21.
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As if the departures of Carlos and Koundé weren’t painful enough, Sevilla remain depleted in defense by injuries to Marcao and Karim Rekikand the former is still out for a few more weeks with a small hamstring tear.
jesus crown is also expected to stay out until 2023 with a broken fibula, while the former Manchester United player Adnan Januzaj was dropped from the squad to face Barcelona due to concerns over his fitness.
new arrival Kasper Dolberg got his first minutes on the bench for Sevilla at the weekend after being loaned out by Nice to compete with Youssef En-Nesyriand Lopetegui should consider recalls for Jesus Navas, Thomas Delaney and Papuan Gomez after Saturday’s disappointment.
Meanwhile, Man City have already Aymeric Laporte (knee) out of action for Tuesday’s game, and Guardiola was also concerned about Kyle Walkerwho was injured at the end of the draw against Villa.
Walker’s injury could see Joao Cancelo back to the right as either Sergio Gomez Where Nathan Ake take on the role of left-back, although the latter himself is only back from the treatment room, and the visitors are also hoping to have Kalvin Phillips back from a shoulder problem.
Julian Alvarez may have been dropped hard from the first XI after his brace against Nottingham Forest, but Riyadh Mahrez – who loves a Champions League goal – arguably has a better chance of getting into the first XI this week.
Possible starting formation of Seville:
Bono; Navas, Nianzou, Fernando, Acuna; Jordan, Rakitic, Delaney; Lamela, Gomez; En-Nesyri
Possible starting lineup for Manchester City:
Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Ake; Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish
We say: Sevilla 0-2 Manchester City
With a new-look defense already reeling from injury and their forwards largely unable to shoot, Sevilla’s European baptism of fire is unlikely to end in home celebrations.
City’s Premier League title defense may have run into some trouble already, but Guardiola’s side are dangerous beasts when looking to bounce back from a disappointment, and a comfortable away win is the only result. which we can see here.
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