Manchester City take on Sevilla to close out their Champions League group, with the tie a dead rubber for both sides with the Engish Champions having secured top spot and Sevilla guaranteed a Europa League spot.
However, it remains a key clash, with Manchester City having stuttered somewhat so far this campaign, and only just overcoming Leicester City at the weekend as they continue to keep pace with league leaders Arsenal.
Here’s how we expect them to line up, plus the latest on the state of play surrounding Erling Haaland and more.
Haaland to miss Sevilla clash
The headline news, of course, is that Erling Haaland is due to miss Wednesday’s clash. The Cityzens have already secured top spot in group G, meaning that they would likely have rested the Norweigian striker in any case, but the injury that forced him off at half time against Borussia Dortmund is yet to heal, and he remains touch and go for the Premier League game at the weekend.
“He has ligament damage. He feels better, we have one more week. He won’t play vs Sevilla because we’ve already qualified and hopefully against Fulham he can help. If not he might play against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup”, Pep Guardiola explained after their narrow win over Leicester City.
Kalvin Phillips and Kyle Walker are both also still out, with neither player expected back before the World Cup.
Cancelo to be handed a rest?
With Kyle Walker injured, it has been hard to find time to rest Joao Cancelo, who has been one of Manchester City’s standout performers from left-back. However, the return of young defender Sergio Gomez, who has been serving a suspension after seeing red against FC Copenhagn, could hand Guardiola the chance to rest one of his marquee stars for the Premier League, where they face Fulham on Saturday.
Having already topped their group, there could be a chance for Pep Guardiola to hand some of the club’s younger talents a chance to shine in front of the home crowds.
Cole Palmer has already made three appearances off the bench this season, and could be in line for more minutes. Josh Wilson-Esbrand and Rico Lewis were both also on the bench for the clash, and could also play a part in the Champions League final group game.