Sevilla vs Man City

City have hit the ground running this season with the help of Haaland in attack. The Norwegian has already bagged 10 Premier League goals this season.

Champions League football returns to the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán tonight as Sevilla welcome Manchester City to the Andalusian capital. An atmosphere of pessimism is circulating around the ground ahead of the opening European fixture of the season, due to the Spanish side’s poor start to the season.

Julen Lopetegui’s side have only picked up one point in LaLiga in four games, a dismal start to domestic action. Kevin de Bruyne, Erling Haaland et al visit on matchday 1. City have hit the ground running with the help of Haaland in attack. The Norwegian has already bagged 10 Premier League goals this season. He has experience facing Sevilla, scoring four in two round of 16 games in the 2020-21 edition of the tournament with Borussia Dortmund.

Sevilla have conceded eight goals in four league games this season and are still adapting to life without the defensive pairing of Diego Carlos and Jules Koundé, who both left the club over the summer, in respective moves to Aston Villa and Barcelona.

Fernando Reges and Erik Lamela did not train yesterday and remain doubtful, while Karim Rekik also looks set to miss out. For City, Guardiola has some problems at the back with injuries to Stones and Walker, which will force him to make changes in the area where his side have suffered the most so far.

The Champions League is the unfinished business for a City team that nobody in their right mind would rule out.

Jesús Navas meets former club

Manchester City’s visit to Nervión will mean that both Jesús Navas and Fernando will face their former team. The Brazilian midfielder spent two seasons with tonight’s opponents. Navas spent four seasons with the English side. Interestingly, both faced Sevilla as City players in the 2015-16 Champions League group stage.

Possible starting line-ups

Sevilla: Bounou; Jesús Navas, Gudelj, Nianzou, Acuña; Jordán, Fernando, Rakitić; Lamela, Rafa Mir, Gómez

Out: Marcão (hamstring), Corona (ankle)

Doubtful: Rekik, Fernando, Lamela

Man City: Ederson; João Cancelo, Rúben Dias, Akanji, Aké; De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva; Mahrez, Haaland, Foden

Out: Laporte, Walker, Stones

Doubtful: none

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