Manchester City can make a statement against out-of-sorts Sevilla
Sergio Aguero’s last-minute penalty gave Manchester City a vital win against Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany two weeks ago but the Argentinian striker will miss their home game with Sevilla through injury.
Aguero’s loss is certainly a blow for Manuel Pellegrini, though his team covered up their top scorer’s absence effectively against Bournemouth on Saturday. Raheem Sterling scored his first-ever Premier League hat-trick and there was also a scintillating performance from Jesus Navas, who may finally be starting to show his true form for City.
Sevilla are Navas’ former club and the winger still watches out for their results. But he will be concentrating on gaining his current club three more Champions League points this week at the Etihad, though warns that the three-times Europa League winners shouldn’t be underestimated.
French striker Kevin Gameiro is one of their most consistent performers and is currently keeping Italy’s Ciro Immobile, on loan from Borussia Dortmund, out of the side. Ex-Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta and former Stoke midfielder Steven N’Zonzi are other familiar names in the Sevilla squad but big striker Fernando Llorente is unlikely to feature in a team captained by the former Arsenal favourite Jose Antonio Reyes.
Sevilla are no mugs and City’s record in the Champions League at the Etihad is hardly one to strike fear into visiting teams. But they do currently top the Premier League and may be prepared to risk captain Vincent Kompany for such an important game, though Samir Nasri is now injured.
Manchester City have to win this one if they are not to be scrambling to qualify for the knockout stages. We think they might at 5/8 in our Full Time Result betting as Sevilla aren’t in the best of form and have problems of their own.
There could be a few goals in this one, however, with Over 3.5 at 27/20 in our Goals Over/Under market. Both Teams To Score is 8/13 and Navas is 13/5 to score against his old team in our Anytime Goalscorer betting.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Wednesday, October 21st at the Etihad
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