The final preview of the 2022/23 Champions League group stage games is here and we’re taking a look at the Group G clash between confirmed group winners Manchester City and a Sevilla team that have already been consigned to the Europa League knockout phase in an 8pm GMT kick-off on Wednesday evening from the Etihad Stadium.
Neither team has anything to play for except pride now so this fixture certainly has the feeling of a dead rubber about it. Read our preview below to see what we think are the best Champions League odds flying around for this game.
Manchester City Betting Trends
Manchester City might not have been as dominant in this group as it looked like they could be early on but Pep Guardiola’s side have still secured qualification for the last 16 as a seeded group winner with a game to spare. The Citizens have won 3 and drawn 2 of their 5 group games thus far and have only conceded 1 goal during that period. Home form has been irresistible for City recently having won their last 13 matches across all competitions and scoring 54 goals during the process.
Riyad Mahrez could be the player to back as an anytime scorer in the likely absence of Erling Haaland. The Algerian forward has scored in 2 of his last 3 home appearances and looks decent value. Guardiola is hinted that a number of fringe and youth players such as Julian Alvarez, Cole Palmer, and Rico Lewis will be given a chance to show what they can do.
Sevilla Betting Trends
Sevilla will be disappointed that they have dropped down into the Europa League with Borussia Dortmund securing the second place berth and a spot in the Champions League last 16 but it could’ve been worse. FC Copenhagen are only 3 points behind the Spaniards but Sevilla’s superior head-to-head record means they will continue in European competition.
Head coach Jorge Sampaoli has only been in the job for a month but he’s already helped the team pick up 4 points from two group games in this competition and pick up points in La Liga to move the club up to 18th place. The back-to-back defeats to Real Madrid away and Rayo Vallecano at home have dented progress though. Los Nervionenses have scored in 8 of their last 9 matches but they are without a victory in their previous 6 away games played in the Champions League.
Manchester City vs Sevilla Betting Tips
These types of games are always so tough to predict. Both teams know what their destiny holds in Europe and with fixture congestion before the break for the 2022 World Cup it’s likely we’ll see rotation by both teams. It seems that away performances are still a niggling problem for Sevilla but Manchester City will be fielding a severe lack of experience.
I still think there’s enough talent within the City ranks to get the win though. Sampaoli is clearly still figuring out his best system and players with his team and there’ll be some bumps in the road until he does.
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