As far as drama and permutations go in the final round of Champions League group stage fixtures, there is absolutely nothing on the line in Group G. Thanks to their draw with Borussia Dortmund last time out, Man City have secured top spot, unable to be overtaken by the Germans as a result of their better head-to-head record.
Pep Guardiola’s side are still unbeaten in Group G with three wins and two draws from their five matches so far, beating Sevilla, Dortmund and Copenhagen once each while also drawing with the latter two. It has been a fantastic campaign for Man City so far across all competitions with just the two defeats, both coming against Liverpool in the Community Shield and then Premier League. Since the 1-0 defeat to the latter last month, Man City have bounced back with two wins and a draw, including the 1-0 victory over Leicester at the weekend.
Sevilla, meanwhile, will be returning to their home of the Europa League after Christmas having secured third place in Group F. Although they are three points behind Dortmund, Sevilla are unable to overtake the German side due to their worse head-to-head record, losing once and drawing the return fixture. Sevilla are also unable to be overtaken by Copenhagen despite being just three points clear, with one win and one draw against the Danes.
So it’s a dead rubber for Sevilla, but also a chance for them to brighten their season with what would be a big win. After 12 games played in La Liga, Sevilla are currently in the relegation zone, level on points with Girona but behind on goal difference. They have also seen Julen Lopetegui leave, replaced in the dugout by Jorge Sampaoli, who has overseen seven matches across all competitions so far with two wins and two defeats on his return to the club.
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Man City vs Sevilla match stats
Pep Roulette is likely to return on Wednesday especially as Man City don’t need anything from this game, so the starting XI could be a complete surprise. One man who will be hoping to make an impact is Jack Grealish, who has created 10 chances from open play in the Champions League this season, more than any other Man City player.
Isco will be among those looking to cause Man City’s defence problems on Wednesday night and the Spaniard has been fouled 12 times in the Champions League so far this season, with only five players winning more.
6 September 2022 – Sevilla 0-4 Man City – Champions League
3 November 2015 – Sevilla 1-3 Man City – Champions League
21 October 2015 – Man City 2-1 Sevilla – Champions League
Man City have won all three of their matches against Sevilla, all of which have come in the Champions League group stage. Sevilla have only faced Borussia Dortmund (four) more without winning than they have against Man City in the Champions League.
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