Reunion for Navas as City welcome Sevilla
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Manchester City and Sevilla will meet for the first time on matchday three although home winger Jesús Navas will need no introduction to the Spanish visitors.
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Manchester City FC and Sevilla FC will meet for the first time when the Liga club travel to Manchester on matchday three.
• City are looking to build on their 2-1 comeback win at VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach on matchday two, while Sevilla will arrive in Manchester looking to bounce back from a defeat at Juventus.
• For home winger Jesús Navas it should be a special occasion given his ten years in the Sevilla first team before joining City.
• City are seeking their first home points in this season's competition having lost 2-1 to Juventus in Manchester on matchday one.
• City have lost their last two home games against Spanish opponents – going down to FC Barcelona in each of the past two seasons as the Azulgrana eliminated them in the round of 16 each time.
• Their overall home record against Spanish clubs is W2 D2 L2.
• Sergio Agüero has scored in his last three home games for City against Liga visitors – as well as scoring against Barcelona in last season's 2-1 defeat, he had earlier struck in the 1-1 draw with Real Madrid CF (2012/13) and 2-1 success over Villarreal CF (2011/12).
• Like City, Sevilla have three points from two Group D fixtures, having beaten Mönchengladbach 3-0 at home on matchday one.
• Sevilla lost just one of seven away games in their triumphant 2014/15 UEFA Europa League run but were beaten 2-0 at Juventus last time out.
• Sevilla have not won in England in three previous attempts (two draws, one defeat).
• Their most recent visit brought a 3-0 loss at an Arsenal FC side including Bacary Sagna in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group stage. They recovered to beat Arsenal 3-1 at home and finish top of the group.
• Sevilla won their first European trophy by defeating Middlesbrough FC 4-0 in the 2006 UEFA Cup final in Eindhoven.
Coach and player links
• Manuel Pellegrini's overall record against Unai Emery as coaches in Spain is W4 D2 L3.
• The Pellegrini-Emery head-to-head record includes fixtures between Villarreal CF and UD Almería (W0 D1 L1); Villarreal and Valencia CF (W1 D1 L0); Real Madrid CF and Valencia (W2 D0 L0); and Málaga CF and Valencia (W1 D0 L2).
• Pellegrini's record against Sevilla when coaching in Spain was W5 D5 L9.
• With Valencia, Emery faced Manchester United FC in the 2008/09 group stage (0-1 h, 1-1 a). In 2011/12 his Valencia side met Chelsea FC in the UEFA Champions League group stage (1-1 h, 0-3 a) and Stoke City in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 (1-0 a, 1-0 h).
• Navas came through Sevilla's academy and made 393 appearances for the club, scoring 34 goals. His trophy haul at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán comprised two UEFA Cups, one UEFA Super Cup and two Spanish Cups.
• David Silva played under Emery at Valencia between 2008 and 2010.
• José Antonio Reyes struck two late goals as a 72nd-minute substitute to earn Arsenal a 3-1 Premier League win at City in May 2006.
• Steven N'Zonzi's debut in English football was a 2-0 home defeat against City with Blackburn Rovers FC in August 2009. His debut for Stoke was another home game against City – 1-1 in August 2012. He only beat City once in 11 attempts, a 1-0 away success with Stoke in August 2014.
• With Club Atlético de Madrid, Sergio Agüero scored twice in nine games against Sevilla, winning two of them and losing five.
• Ciro Immobile scored in Borussia Dortmund's 2-0 home win over Arsenal in last season's group stage. He was in the Italy side that beat Joe Hart and Raheem Sterling's England at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
• Players who have played together:
Agüero, Pablo Zabaleta, Nicolás Otamendi, Martín Demichelis & Éver Banega (Argentina)
Silva & Sergio Rico, Vitolo (Spain)
Eliaquim Mangala & Benoît Trémoulinas (France)
• City have not kept a clean sheet in their last seven matches in all competitions – having started the season with five in succession in the Premier League.
• Agüero scored five goals in 21 minutes either side of half-time as the Citizens defeated Newcastle United FC 6-1 at home on 3 October.
• Agüero is the second City player to register five times in a match, after Tommy Johnson against Everton in 1928, and the fifth overall to do so in the Premier League era.
• Agüero is expected to be out for a month after sustaining a hamstring injury in Argentina's 2-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying defeat by Ecuador on 8 October.
• Silva limped off with a sprained ankle during Spain's UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier against Luxembourg on 9 October.
• Vincent Kompany (out since 15 September, calf) returned to action in Belgium's 3-1 victory over Israel on 13 October; he was an unused substitute for Saturday's 5-1 home win against AFC Bournemouth.
• Gaël Kakuta and Sergio Escudero (muscle injuries), and Daniel Carriço (hamstring) are still sidelined. Rami started and Bangea came off the bench in Saturday's 1-1 draw at SD Eibar.
• Fernando Llorente (adductor) and Luismi (metatarsal) are doubtful for the trip to Manchester. Neither featured on Saturday.