Manchester City welcome Sevilla to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, for a game that could go a long way to determining which of these sides eventually makes it into the knockout round. They're both sat on three points heading into this clash, which is three fewer than Juventus and three more than Borussia Mönchengladbach. Things could hardly be tighter.
City head into the match as clear favorites: Manuel Pellegrini's side is made up of well-seasoned Champions League players, while reigning Europa League champions Sevilla are still getting used to the rigors of facing world football's crème de la crème every other week. However, City have had an unfortunate tendency to shoot themselves in the foot in this tournament, and their Spanish visitors will be hoping for another helpful slip-up here.
Key player: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Raheem Sterling's nascent Manchester City career exploded into life with a hat trick in their win over Bournemouth in the Premier League on the weekend. The England international is quite possibly his nation's top young talent, and City will be hoping he starts to play with a consistency that has so far been lacking. If he's at his best here, Sevilla could struggle to keep him quiet.
Key matchup: Kevin De Bruyne vs. Grzegorz Krychowiak
The Spanish side's task is made even harder by the presence of not just one playmaking presence, but two. De Bruyne has impressed since arriving from Wolfsburg in the summer, with his goalscoring knack and excellent range of passing helping him to immediately establish himself as one of their most important attackers. It'll be up to Sevilla's highly rated defensive midfielder Krychowiak to stop him in this match.
Manchester City injuries and suspensions
Out: Sergio Agüero (hamstring); David Silva (ankle). In doubt: None.
Sevilla injuries and suspensions
Out: Gaël Kakuta, Sergio Escudero (muscle injuries); Daniel Carriço (hamstring). In doubt: Fernando Llorente (adductor), Luismi (metatarsal).
City will be without their two main attacking talents in Agüero and Silva, though they should once again have a full-strength defense after captain Vincent Kompany recovered from a calf injury sustained last month.
The same can't be said for their visitors, who will be without defenders Carriço and Escudero, as well as Kakuta. His midfield counterpart Luismi remains a doubt, as does experienced striker Llorente, who reached the final of this competition with Juventus last season.
Match date/time: Wed., Oct. 21, 2:45 p.m. ET, 7:45 p.m. local
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
TV: FOX Sports regional networks (US - English); ESPN Deportes (US - Spanish); RDS, TSN4 (Canada); BT Sport 2 (UK)
Online: FOX Soccer 2Go (US - English); Watch ESPN (US - Spanish); BT Sport Live Streaming (UK)