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Champions League Group D: Man City and Sevilla scuffle

| 21.10.2015
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Holly Thackeray | October 20th​

Manchester City v Sevilla

  • Champions League
  • Wednesday, October 21st
  • Kick-off: 19:45 BST
  • The Etihad, Manchester
  • Live on BT Sport 2

Swashbuckling City host hopeful Europa League holders

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Manchester United v Manchester City - Old Trafford
Manchester City meet Spanish giants Sevilla in their third Champions League Group G outing, in what could prove to be a potentially decisive pool duel even at this early stage.

In a truly tricky group, both City and the Bathtubs rest on three points, having each claimed a draw and victory so far, with Juventus scaling the summit on six.

With Coral pricing City at odds-on 4/6 favourites on home turf, there are a raft of better value bets and superb match specials should punters want to place a stake on the Etihad outfit to triumph.

At 7/2 to win both halves (max stake £20) the Sky Blues look brilliant value and, having hit 11 goals across their past two tussles, Man City also make sense at 9/5 to net three or more again.

A goal glut as occurred against the likes of Newcastle United and Bournemouth, with both demolished by the deadly Mancunians in dominant displays, may be a bit too ambitious a bet when facing current Europa League champions Sevilla.

Still, Manuel Pellegrini has an excellent home record against the Bathtubs from previous battles when in charge of Spanish clubs Real Madrid, Malaga and Villarreal. So, the Citizens are 3/1 to at least draw, though should expect more at the Etihad, where they have lost just twice this term.

Can Sevilla make the step up?

Soccer - La Liga - Sevilla v Atletico Madrid - Sanchez Pijuan Stadium

For two years on the trot, the Bathtubs have lifted the Europa League, but from being big fish in a comparatively small pond, they have now been dumped into a dangerous pool of elite teams.

Having failed to taste triumph on English turf in recent times against teams such as Arsenal and Tottenham and, having been weakened by summer raids for star players, Unai Emery has his work cut out at the Etihad.

As a result, there will be much reliance on goal hero Kevin Gameiro (2/1 in the anytime market) and Ukrainian schemer Yevhen Konoplyanka (10/3), both of whom have been on target in Europe recently. Though Basque frontman Fernando Lorente is also worth a scoring shout with Sevilla, at 8/1 to strike last.

Sterling performances

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Group D - Manchester City v Sevilla - Manchester City Training and Press Conference - City Training Academy
With leading men Sergio Aguero and David Silva both still sidelined, recent recruits Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne have proven a deadly duo able to shoulder the burden.

Sterling was superb last time out, snatching a hat-trick, so is promising in another excellent Coral special at 3/1 to score anytime and Man City to win (also max stake £20). Should you prefer the cut of De Bruyne’s jib, the Belgian is 5/1 to fire in first, while recent brace bagger Wilfried Bony is the same price to poach two or more again.

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Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.