Sporting CP vs Manchester City
UEFA Champions League
Date: 15 February 2022, Tuesday
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Jose Alvalade (Lisbon).
Manchester City will be seeking for a first-leg advantage when they go to Sporting CP in the Champions League Round of 16 on Tuesday night.
Sporting CP host Manchester City at Estádio José Alvalade on Tuesday evening in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages, bringing the reigning champions of Portugal and England together in Europe’s most coveted club championship.
Sporting’s dreams of retaining their first Primeira Liga championship in 19 years have been crushed after a 2-2 draw against Porto’s Sergio Conceicao’s side.
Last week, both teams brawled, with four men being sent off in a tense classic.
Sporting CP and league leaders Porto now have a healthy six-point cushion at the top of the table.
Despite three defeats in the group stages, the Portuguese champions placed second behind Ajax in Group C to advance to the knockout stages of the competition, gaining nine points from their six matches and guaranteeing a Championship last-16 fixture against Manchester City.
Manchester City beat Dean Smith’s Norwich City 4-0 on Saturday in the English Premier League, moving them nine points clear of Liverpool at the top.
The Cityzens, who were one of the favorites to win the Champions League, were far from perfect in the group stage, losing two of their six matches.
However, their 12 points were enough to put them ahead of Paris Saint-Germain in Group A.
When the Manchester giants last visited Sporting in the Europa League in 2012, they were defeated 1-0.
The Hard Tackle will take a deeper look at both teams ahead of the latest clash between the two sides.
Sporting CP vs Manchester City Head to head :
The solitary meeting between Sporting and Manchester City can be dated back to the 2011/12 season of Europa League.
The Portuguese team won the home leg 1-0 back then before losing 2-3 at the Etihad. However, away goal helped them to get past the English club.
Sporting CP have a decent home record against English Premier League sides having won in 7 of the overall 11 games so far along with a draw and 3 losses.
This will be Manchester City’s fifth visit to Portugal. They won 1, drew 2 and lost 1 of the previous four.
Sporting vs Manchester City Prediction :
Sporting is one of the weaker clubs left in the competition on paper, but they are not to be underestimated, having already defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-1 last November.
Sporting will be confident that they can upset Cityzens, who have previously fallen in the group stages to PSG and RB Leipzig.
Manchester City, on the other hand, are in fine form in the league and are also vying for the FA Cup, so a treble is very much in sight for Pep Guardiola’s team.
Given the discrepancy in individual quality between the two teams, the Hard Tackle forecasts a comfortable 3-1 victory for the English champions in Lisbon.
Sporting vs Manchester City Team News :
Pedro Goncalves, who has 13 goals and nine assists in all competitions this season, is expected to recover from a muscle injury in time to start Tuesday’s match.
The home side is anticipated to play in a 3-4-3 style, with Paulinho operating at the attacking end despite competition from Islam Slimani.
Despite getting sent off in the team’s last league match, Joao Palhinha is expected to return in the middle of the park, although Pablo Sarabia and Matheus Reis will hold their spots, while Sebastian Coates will be a part of the back three.
Man City will be without Kyle Walker due to suspension, which could open the door for John Stones to start at right-back, while Joao Cancelo could potentially make the swap, with Oleksandr Zinchenko remaining at left-back.
The Citizens are still without Gabriel Jesus and Jack Grealish due to injury, but Guardiola’s team did not suffer any new problems in their win against Norwich on Saturday.
Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne, Aymeric Laporte, and Joao Cancelo were all rested at the weekend but will return, while Raheem Sterling, who scored three goals against Norwich, is expected to start with Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden in a front three.
Sporting Lisbon possible starting lineup:
Adan; Inacio, Coates, Feddal; Porro, Nunes, Palhinha, Reis; Sarabia, Paulinho, Goncalves
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Stones, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; B Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Foden, Sterling