City, the reigning UEFA Champions League winners, and Sevilla, the defending Europa League champions, will both be eyeing more silverware, but the gulf between the clubs leaves one side much more desperate for a price.
The Premier League champions are on course for a historic treble and their sights are firmly set on away from this competition and instead on a repeat of this incredible triumph. However, Sevilla finished mid-table in La Liga last year, even flirted with relegation for a time, and will be salivating at any chance of European glory they can get.
Pep Guardiola will no doubt be looking to add more silverware to cement his CV in the pantheon of European dynasties, but with bigger aspirations for the coming season, Sevilla could benefit from this balancing act by Man City.
Kevin De Bruyne’s injury problems continued as he was forced off in the first half of City’s win over Burnley. The Belgian is expected to be sidelined for some time to fully recover from his hamstring problem.
Ruben Dias and John Stones are doubts for Wednesday’s game, meaning we could see summer arrival Josko Guardiola make his first start for the club.
De Bruyne is expected to replace Mateo Kovacic in midfield and Jack Grealish is also likely to return.
Loic Bade was sent off in Sevilla’s defeat against Valencia in their opening La Liga match, but his suspension does not carry over into UEFA competitions. The Frenchman will therefore be expected to start in Greece.
Marcao and Tanguy Nianzou are both out injured and unlikely to feature in defence, while Bono’s future at the club is in doubt with the likes of Bayern Munich interested in signing the Morocco international.
However, he should start against City if he is still at the club.
Man City predicted lineup vs Sevilla (4-3-3):
Ederson; Walker, Akanji, Gvardiol, Ake; Rodri, Kovacic, Alvarez; Bernardo, Haaland, Grealish
Sevilla predicted lineup vs Man City (4-3-3):
Bounou; Navas, Gudelj, Bade, Acuna; Jordan, Fernando, Rakitic; Suso, En-Nesyri, Ocampos