Manchester City take on Sporting Lisbon at the Etihad on the evening of 8 March in the return leg of the Champions League last eight clash. After their humiliating home defeat, what can the Portuguese expect? Full statistics and all current odds for the match can be found at 1xbet download.
Josep Guardiola’s side lead the national league table with 69 points from 28 games played. 68 goals scored and 18 conceded (the least by any other club). In their last 14 games, they have scored 37 points out of a possible 42. In the last eight games, there have been seven wins and only one defeat (at home to Tottenham, 2-3). Last weekend, the Citizens held on for a convincing 4-1 win over arch-rivals Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Marez each scored a double.
The centre-backs are in fine form, with Raheem Sterling netting 10 goals, the Algerian winger and the Belgian midfielder scoring nine. Centre-backs Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias are also out injured. In the Champions League, the hosts confidently won the autumn quartet with PSG, Brugge and Leipzig by 12 points.
Ruben Amorim’s charges are second in the national championship with 61 points after 25 rounds played. They are 6 points behind top side Porto. The team have scored 49 goals and conceded 16 (least of all). In their last 5 games, the Whites and Greens have won only twice, while a week ago they lost on home soil to the Dragons 1-2 (2,spurs). The Bilo-Syni’s attacking leader Paulinho is in good form, having scored 9 goals in the current league season. He is assisted by wingers Marcus Edwards and Paulo Sarabia (7 goals each).
In the Champions League Sporting finished second in the group with Borussia Dortmund, Ajax Amsterdam and Besiktas Istanbul. The club have midfielder Pedro Gonçalves and Daniele Bragança in the sidelines.
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Three weeks ago, the Manchester side thrashed their opponents at Jose Alvalade with an obscene 0-5 scoreline. Before that, the last time the clubs met in official matches was 10 years ago – in the Europa League 1/8 finals in 2011/12 season, and the Portuguese were defeated by the away goals (1-0 and 3-2).
Manchester City vs Sporting
The visitors certainly have nothing to lose. The team can’t expect a comeback, but they won’t mind making some last-minute noise in the European cup. Ruben Amorim has several experienced attacking players in place who can put Ederson in front. The home side’s goal is, I think, non-negotiable. A “both goals” bet looks attractive, given the high odds.