Champions League Preview: Manchester City vs Sevilla

DATE

Wednesday 21st October 2015

LAST MEETING

n/a

KEY STATS

  • This is the first ever competitive game between Manchester City and Sevilla
  • Manchester City have lost five of their last six Champions League games against Spanish opposition (D1). Their last win was against Villarreal in November 2011
  • Sevilla are taking part in their 3rd Champions League campaign. They have always gone past the group stages but never past the last 16
  • Manchester City have the oldest average age among the 32 squads in this season’s competition: 28 years and 8 months old (among players with minimum one game played)
  • Only one of Sevilla’s nine Champions League games away from home has ended in a draw (1-1 v CSKA Moscow in February 2010)

TEAM NEWS

Manchester City will be without striker Sergio Agüero after the Argentine suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty earlier this month. David Silva will also be out of the game with a sprained ankle while Samir Nasri will miss the clash with a hamstring issue. Midfielder Fabian Delph is also suffering from a hamstring injury, as is Aleksandar Kolarov (thigh) and Gael Clichy (ankle).

Sevilla, on the other hand will not have Gael Kakuta or Sergio Escudero, who are both missing with muscle injuries, while Daniel Carriço is sidelined with a hamstring problem. Fernando Llorente (adductor) and Luismi (metatarsal) are major doubts to feature on Wednesday after missing the draw with Eibar. 

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Man City XI: Hart; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Mangala, Sagn; Yaya Toure, Fernandinho; Navas, Sterling, De Bruyne; Bony

Sevilla XI: Sergio Rico; Coke, Rami, Kolodziejczak, Tremoulinas; N’Zonzi, Krychowiak, Reyes, Iborra; Vitolo, Gameiro.

PREDICTION: Sevilla WIN

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