Manchester City will face Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup at Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus City, Attica, Greece. The match will kick off on Wednesday at 8:00 pm, August 16th, 2023 (UK time). The Citizens men secured their first 2022/23 UEFA Champions League victory over Inter Milan. On the other hand, Sevilla FC won their 7th UEFA Europa League title over AS Roma in a 4 – 1 penalty shootout.
Manchester City vs. Sevilla Team News
Man City will play in the UEFA Super Cup for the first time in the franchise’s history. However, their manager, Pep Guardiola, thrice won the Super Cup. Pep won the Super Cup with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011. The Spanish manager won the cup as Bayern Munich’s boss in 2013.
The Europe giants remain a force to reckon with, considering their squad depth, the team’s tactical approach, and the player’s recent form. Pep usually rotates his squad, and even placing a weaker side will tear down Sevilla’s defenders.
Sevilla might struggle against Man City as usual and fail to net goals. However, if they put up a stronger defense to keep the Blue’s scoring record at bay. However, Sevilla might prove City wrong, considering they are familiar in this competition. They have won the Super Cup competition before.
Pep Guardiola’s side is good with major injuries. Nathan Ake is currently being assessed and may return to the future in the Super Cup. However, the Blues are away from their best and top form, especially after losing the FA Community Shield against Arsenal.
Kevin De Bruyne might feature in the Super Cup against Sevilla despite missing the pre-season preparations. The 32-year-old Belgian featured in the FA Community Shield clash against Arsenal seemed fit. A new signing from Chelsea, Mateo Kovacic, has already settled into City’s plans. The other signing, Josko Gvardiol, will most likely have made his debut for City before the Super Cup clash.
Sevilla had their influential sporting director Monchi depart the club. Other departures include the under-21 right back, José Carmona and Karim Rekik. José Luis Mendilibar has made new arrivals Rony Lopes, Djibril Sow, and Adrià Pedrosa regular first-team players.
Manchester City vs Sevilla Head-To-Head
Manchester City have secured four wins in their previous fixtures against Sevilla since 2015 tallying 12 goals. Sevilla, a goal-shy side, only netted three goals. All these matches came in the Champions League group stages. The matches are as follows:
- 2nd November 2022 – Manchester City 3 – 1 Sevilla FC – UEFA Champions League
- September 6th, 2022 – Sevilla FC 0 – 4 Manchester City – UEFA Champions League
- November 3rd, 2015 – Sevilla FC 1 – 3 Manchester City – UEFA Champions League
- October 21st, 2015 – Manchester City 2 – 1 Sevilla FC – UEFA Champions League
Manchester City vs. Sevilla: Who Will Be the First Goal Scorer?
Pep Guardiola’s side have the upper hand of appearing on the scoresheet first. Prolific goal score Erling Haaland will be hungry for goals after missing out on scoring against the Gunners in the FA Community Shield loss. Even if Pep will rest the Norwegian striker, it could be a chance for Julian Alvarez to start and open the scoring for City.
Manchester City vs. Sevilla Predictions and Tips
- Sevilla scored in seven of their last club friendliness games or pre-season tours.
- Manchester City enters the Super Cup after winning a 2022/23 season treble: The Premier League, the UEFA Champions League, and the FA.
- Manchester City lost the FA Community Shield against Arsenal.
Considering their past head-to-head history, Manchester City are undoubtedly the favorites to win the UEFA Super Cup. Pep Guardiola’s men will likely score in both halves, making it a perfect wager. The match could end up with the Spanish side not netting any goal. We back Man City a win with a scoreline of 3 – 0.
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