Manchester City face Sevilla in the third match of the Champions League group stage knowing a win would see them move into a qualification place.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side lost their opening match at home to Juventus but bounced back with a 2-1 victory at Borussia Monchengladbach, thanks to Sergio Aguero’s late penalty.
Thanks to that win in Germany, the Citizens have a real chance to take firm control of the group over the next couple of fixtures, as they take on current group leaders Juventus after the current Europa League holders.
On the back of two excellent home victories in the Premier League over Newcastle and Bournemouth, the Blue Moon is rising again after a dip in form in September, and despite Sevilla beating Barcelona at the start of the month, Raheem Sterling and co will kick off tonight firmly in belief they can claim another victory.
Add to the mix that captain Vincent Kompany and Aleksandar Kolarov are set for a recalls after getting back to full fitness, all is beginning to look rosy red in the blue half of Manchester.
Its not all positive news though, with key duo Sergio Aguero and David Silva again missing, though Wilfred Bony and Sterling filled the gaps superbly at the weekend with two and three goals respectively in the 5-1 demolition of the Cherries.
Samir Nasri, Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy are also on the list of unavailable players for Wednesday’s clash.
Unai Emery’s visitors head into the game on the back of a two-goal defeat at last season’s finalists Juventus last time out, but they did trounce Borussia Monchengladbach 3-0 on the opening game, courtesy of goals from Kevin Gameiro, Ever Banega & Yevhen Konoplyanka.
They have fond life tricky in La Liga so far this term though, picking up just none points and two wins from their opening eight matches.
Former Blackburn and Stoke midfielder Steven N’Zonzi will be looking to use his Premier League experience to foil City’s attacking threats, whilst skipper Jose Antonio Reyes will be hoping for another performance on English soil, following his spell at Arsenal.
Group Position: Man City – 3rd, 3 points; Sevilla – 2nd, 3 points
Last Meeting: N/A
Key Men: Man City – Raheem Sterling; Sevilla – Kevin Gameiro
Form: Man City – WDWWLW; Sevilla – WWWWLW
Shoot Says: Man City 2-1 Sevilla