The UEFA Super Cup takes place on Wednesday as Champions League winners Manchester City take on Europa League winners Sevilla at Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, Greece.
- City kicked off the 2023/24 campaign in typical fashion as they comfortably defeated Burnley at Turf Moor
- Sevilla got off to a poor start to the new season as they lost 2-1 at home to Valencia
- The Cityzens beat Sevilla 3-1 when they last met in the Champions League back last season
English champions Man City will appear in the Super Cup for the first time here after being crowned Champions League winners last season as they beat Inter 1-0. Spanish outfit Sevilla defeated Roma on penalties in last season’s Europa League final to feature in this one.
Manchester City Form
After losing on penalties against Arsenal in the Community Shield, City had the perfect start to their new league campaign. Pep Guardiola’s side easily put Premier League new boys Burnley to the sword in a 3-0 triumph.
Erling Haaland needed just four minutes before he found his first league goal of the season as the Norwegian put City ahead last Friday. He then found his second around half an hour later with a fantastic strike. Rodri sealed the three points in the second half by adding a third for City in what was a difficult night for Vincent Kompany’s men.
Despite having a disappointing season in La Liga last term, finishing 12th in the Spanish top flight, Sevilla were still able to win the Europa League for a record seventh time. No other team has won the competition more than Palanganas. They were able to beat Italian side Roma via a penalty shootout after the scores were level through regulation and extra time.
It wasn’t the best of beginnings for José Luis Mendilibar’s side as they lost 2-1 at home to Valencia in their season opener. Mouctar Diakhaby put the visitors ahead before Youssef En Nesyri made it 1-1. However, a red card for Loic Bade made the final ten minutes difficult for Sevilla before Javi Guerra snatched a late victory for Valencia.
Man City have won all four previous meetings with Sevilla. All prior clashes have come in the Champions League group stage. City won the most recent game 3-1 at the Etihad back in 2022 and recorded a 4-0 triumph in the reverse fixture. Three out of the four meetings have seen both teams score, with at least two goals being scored in each match.
It wasn’t good news for star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne as his injury woes continue. He was forced off after just 22 minutes at Burnley last Friday as his recurring hamstring problem resumes. Latest reports have confirmed the Belgium international will miss up to four months in what is a huge blow for City.
Defenders John Stones and Ruben Dias were surprise omissions from the squad against Burnley. The former was forced to miss the trip to Turf Moor due to a hip injury, whilst the latter is recovering from a concussion. Both Stones and Dias will not be available for the match against Sevilla here.
Sevilla will also be without some members of their squad for the Super Cup. Tanguy Nianzou has been absent for large parts of the summer due to injury. Goalkeeper Alfonso Vacas has been out for the summer as well. Brazilian defender Marcao continues to struggle with injury issues too and was not able to feature in the season opener.
Everybody knows that Haaland will be the key man in this one. He bagged two goals away to Sevilla when they met at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last season. His brace against Burnley last Friday shows he is still on top form. Rodri will be influential at the base of City’s midfield and he has shown a knack of scoring of late too - he scored the only goal in the Champions League final against Inter.
Forward En Nesyri got off to a good start with a goal in the La Liga opener for Sevilla. The Moroccan had a fairly underwhelming showing in 2022/23 as he scored just eight league goals. Nevertheless, he still finished as the club’s top goalscorer. He also performed well in the cup competitions and scored a total of 18 goals last term.
How to watch on TV or Online
UK fans can watch the UEFA Super Cup between Man City and Sevilla live on TNT Sports 1 and TNT Sports Ultimate.
Sevilla don’t have the best of records in this competition and the recent head-to-head favours City too. There should be plenty of goals in this one with City favoured to come out on top.