Manchester City will play hosts to FC Porto at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night hoping to secure a comfortable home win in the opening game of their UEFA Champions League campaign. The Mancunian outfit managed to grind out a 1-0 victory over Arsenal last weekend. However, Porto were held to a 2-2 draw by their arch-rivals Sporting CP on Sunday and would be the clear underdogs going into this European showdown in midweek.
Pep Guardiola could stick with his unorthodox 3-1-4-2 formation and will ask his players to dominate the ball so that they can create enough chances to win this game. The Man City back three will fancy their chances of neutralising the threat of the Porto attackers during the contest after their solid performance versus the Gunners last weekend.
Sérgio Conceição might revert to a 4-3-3 formation for this game on the road. He will ask his men to sit back, defend deep and try to hit Man City using the runs from Moussa Marega and Jesús Manuel Corona on the break.
Guardiola has a whole host of injury concerns as the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gabriel Jesus and Benjamin Mendy are all sidelined for this game in midweek.
Manchester City Predicted XI
Ederson, Ake, Dias, Walker, Fernandinho, Silva, Gundogan, Rodri, Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero
Ivan Marcano and Mouhamed Mbaye remain long-term casualties for the Portuguese outfit. Otherwise, Sérgio Conceição does not have any new injury problems heading into this European encounter versus the EFL Cup champions.
FC Porto Predicted XI
Marchesin; Manafa, Mbemba, Pepe, Sanusi; Oliveira, Otavio, Uribe; Corona, Marega, Anderson
Raheem Sterling will once again carry most of his team’s goal-scoring burden up top. Both Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva also need to have a good game out on the flanks as they focus on causing a lot of problems for the opposition defenders using their pace and guile in the final third.
Moussa Marega and Jesús Manuel Corona have to figure out a way to engineer a few problems for the Man City defenders. At the other end, Chancel Mbemba and Pepe will be responsible for keeping Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero quiet during the 90 minutes.
Pep Guardiola’s men are the heavy favourites to secure a victory at home as they are listed at 5/18 by the bookies. The draw has been priced at 11/2 while the Portuguese champions are 8/1 underdogs to earn all three points away at the Etihad Stadium.
- Benzema To Lead The Line | 4-3-3 Real Madrid Predicted Lineup Vs Shakhtar Donetsk - November 30, 2020
- Newcastle United Facing Fierce Competition In Pursuit Of This Liga NOS Starlet: Right Fit For Bruce? - November 30, 2020
- Matip To Make A Return, Williams On The Bench | 4-3-3 Liverpool Predicted Lineup Vs Ajax - November 29, 2020
more recommended stories
Sterling & Silva To Start, Torres On The Bench | 4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs FC Porto
Manchester City will take on FC.
Mahrez Gets 10, De Bruyne With 9 | Manchester City Players Rated In Victory Vs Burnley
Premier League giants Manchester City took.
Update On Barcelona’s Pursuit Of This Manchester City Defender: What Should Be Koeman’s Play?
In a recent report, The Daily.
Jesus, Laporte And Walker To Start | 4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Burnley
Manchester City will entertain Burnley at.
Manchester City Boss Eager To Seal Move For Aston Villa Ace: Why The Villans Cannot Afford To Lose Him
The Independent has recently reported that.
Foden Shines With 8, Sterling Gets 7 | Manchester City Players Rated In Victory Vs Olympiacos
Premier League giants Manchester City picked.
Sterling And Foden To Start | 4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Olympiacos
Manchester City will face off against.
Manchester City Identify This Liga NOS Striker As Aguero’s Successor: Right Fit For Guardiola?
In a recent report, The Daily.
Dest and Coutinho To Start | 4-2-3-1 Barcelona Predicted Lineup Vs Dynamo Kyiv
Barcelona will clash heads with Dynamo.
Alderweireld And Dier Get 10 | Tottenham Hotspur Players Rated In Win Over Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur continued their excellent start.