Man City v Sevilla Prediction: Super Cup Match | 16.08.2023

A frantic opening month to the new season for Manchester City continues Wednesday when Pep Guardiola’s stars face Spanish outfit Sevilla. The European Super Cup match pairs the winners of last season’s Champions League with the best team in the Europa League. It’s meant to be a joyous occasion for fans and, perhaps, UEFA’s stab at a Community Shield. But in an increasingly busy schedule, many players and fans consider it an inconvenience.

Man City is the pre-game favourite with respected pundits as the kings of Europe aim to continue its trophy haul. They won the Champions League against Milan and have strengthened since. The Cityzens are expected to defend the Premier League and Champions League gongs, but it’s still early in the season. Could Sevilla catch their big-name opponents off-guard? That’ll be the plan, and after beating Roma on penalties, the underdogs arrive confidently.

The history books show Man City and Sevilla have met four times previously, with the English club enjoying a 100% record. The most recent game produced a 3-1 win for City at the Etihad last year, with the goals coming from Rico Lewis, Julian Alvarez, and Riyad Mahrez. Interestingly, three of the four games have seen both teams score, suggesting another goal-fest with Man City and Sevilla going on the attack.

City thrash Burnley

Manchester City went to newly promoted Burnley on Friday evening to open the all-new Premier League season, and the game went according to plan for the champions. Despite being on the road, the champions were expected to beat the Clarets convincingly, and they did as expected, claiming a 3-0 victory at Turf Moor. It was a show of strength from a team determined to keep making and breaking records this year. They are favourites to win four titles on the bounce and are on their way to achieving that.

Despite being tipped to win by every serious pundit on TV and in publishing, Man City didn’t have things all their way at Turf Moor. The newly-promoted Clarets had their story to fulfil as they celebrated their return to the top flight, and Burnley fans knew the best way to announce their arrival would be to beat a champion who has blown hot and cold in the early exchanges of previous campaigns. City dropped points to Spurs on the opening day, so they knew the dangers that accompanied a slow start.

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Man City earned the three points thanks to a double from Haaland and a Rodri strike to put the icing on the cake. Haaland set the pace with a goal inside the opening four minutes of play and made it a brace on 36 minutes before teammate Rodri made it three, killing the game as a contest with 15 minutes still to play. Man City banked the points, scored three goals, and kept a clean sheet. It was a near-perfect opener.

Sevilla is playing catch up

Sevilla were poor in La Liga last season, finishing down the pecking order, failing to land one of the competition’s many European places. The club has a rich history of success in UEFA’s second tournament and broke its own record by lifting the trophy again. Beating Italian Serie A side Roma was no mean feat, and the teams couldn’t be separated after 90 minutes and extra time. Penalties were required, and Sevilla’s experience won the day. It was rather convincing from the spot, as the Italians got it wrong.

Sevilla hasn’t been as active as their opponents yet this season and is one game or more behind the English side in preparation and match fitness. That may show as this game isn’t the most competitive on the early season schedule, but will it make a difference and change the result? We’re hoping for a competitive 90 minutes and expect Sevilla to play a part in a gripping contest. Winning the Super Cup would set Sevilla up nicely for their upcoming Champions League campaign.

Despite a poor finish in La Liga, Sevilla gained entry to the Champions League as winners of the Europa League. They have invested UEFA’s cash into the playing staff, and we expect to see a stronger side capable of battling on all fronts. The result of this game will shed some light on what we can expect from Sevilla in the coming months. They arrive on the back of a 2-1 home defeat to Valencia in the league, an early season body-blow for Sevilla fans who wanted to see their team grab victory at home on the season’s opening day.

Man City v Sevilla prediction

Man City is ahead of Sevilla in preparation and fitness, which could show in the game’s later stages. The English side also boast better recent form, having beaten Burnley 3-0 at the weekend when Sevilla lost 2-1 at home to Valencia. The Champions League winners are the better team on paper; their best effort should be enough to win this game.

If Man City is at full strength, they’ll be a popular pick with pundits, traders, and fans. Sevilla has nothing to lose, but their performance at the weekend suggests the club has bigger fish to fry. Sevilla must improve 10-fold on what we saw in La Liga if they are to deny last season’s treble winners.

Super Cup odds

The pre-match betting odds offered by 22bet has Manchester City at 1.33 for the win while Sevilla trades at 9. If you prefer the draw, a level finish will net backers 5.2.

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