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Sporting CP will host Manchester City this week, as the English Champions travel to Portugal for the first leg game of the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League 2021-22.
Manchester City has continued its exceptional form from the last season, where it finished as the runners up in the Champions League and won the Premier League table. This year too, the Citizens are ruling the Premier League, sitting on top with a comfortable 12 point lead over Liverpool.
Coming to the Champions League, Manchester City enters the round of 16 topping group A ahead of Paris Saint-Germain. They did however lose the final game of that stage to Leipzig back in December. That loss seems distant now, as the team has not lost any other game since, and has even advanced to the 5th round of the FA Cup. With a 4-0 win over Norwich City in its last game, Manchester City will be feeling pretty confident as they travel to Lisbon.
Currently, at the 2nd spot in Primeira Liga, Sporting CP narrowly made it to the round of 16 of the Champions League, as it was tied at 9 points with Borussia Dortmund in Group C. However, thanks to a better goal difference record, the Portuguese club has advanced to the knockout stage. Talking about the recent form, Sporting has managed to win just 3 out of its last 6 games and has lost 2. Its most recent game, played against table-toppers in Primeira Liga Porto ended in a draw, with scores tied at 2-2. Playing in the Champions League for the first time since the 2017-18 season, the Lions would definitely be looking to make an impact this time around.
Match prediction and betting tips for Sporting CP vs Manchester City UEFA Champions League 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon, on 15th February 2022.
Manchester City is expected to continue with its aggressive style of play, and Pep Guardiola may go ahead with a 4-3-3 formation for this match. He will however miss the services of Gabriel Jesus, who is injured, and Kyle Walker, who will be serving a suspension. Star midfielder Jack Grealish is suffering from a shin injury and remains doubtful.
The hosts have a fully fit squad to choose from, except midfielder Pedro Goncalves, who has an injured muscle.
Manchester City, who started out as the favorites to lift the European trophy should face no problems in winning this game.
Bet on Manchester City to win.
Manchester City gets a lot of attention for the goals that it scores but not as much for its phenomenal defense. It has conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League 2021-22 season and we think it certainly has the personnel to keep Sporting CP goal-less as well.