Champions League Group D: Man City and Sevilla scuffle
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
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?
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 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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