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Manchester City VS Sporting CP – LIVE Reddit Soccer 09/03/2022

Manchester City VS Sporting CP – LIVE Reddit Soccer 09/03/2022

Manchester City will look to complete their rout of Sporting CP when the two teams meet in the second leg of their Round of 16 tie on Wednesday. Pep Guardiola and Manchester City have all but secured their passage to the last eight of the UEFA Champions League courtesy of a 5-0 thumping of Sporting CP in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie in Lisbon last month. One of the most formidable sides in world football, it is nigh on impossible to see the Sky Blues throw away a five-goal lead, especially while playing at home. Manchester City have a few players out for the night and can use the tie to give some of their fringe stars a proper runout.

Guardiola’s men are challenging for the Premier League title and the FA Cup and could do with a breather ahead of the upcoming set of fixtures. Continental glory continues to be the one success that eludes the Catalan manager at the Etihad, and it remains to be seen if he ends that wait this season. Sporting CP have only pride to play for and have a rather abysmal record in England. In fact, they have only prevented Arsenal from scoring in their 14 trips to the country in the past.

The visitors are also running out of steam and have just two wins in their last six matches across all competitions. This is their worst run of results under Ruben Amorim, and a trip to the Etihad is the last thing he would have wanted at this stage. The Premier League champions have a few players ruled out for the night. However, given the situation at hand and the healthy lead they possess, it is fair to say that they will not be missed.

Nathan Ake, Ruben Dias, Zack Steffen and Cole Palmer are all sidelined with injuries, while Joao Cancelo misses out due to illness. Kyle Walker is suspended for the game, while Kevin De Bruyne picked up a slight knock against Manchester United. The Belgian is also a booking away from being suspended for the quarter-finals, and there is little need for Guardiola to risk him on the night. Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus both played no role in the Manchester derby at the weekend. It would be a surprise if neither player started the game against Sporting CP and saw it through to its conclusion. Guardiola has enough leeway to experiment, and it remains to be seen just how far he is willing to do so. Manchester City will start in a 4-3-3 formation that uses their fluid playing style.

Ederson looks set to start in goal behind the back four of CJ Egan-Riley, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Oleksandr Zinchenko. The midfield will be anchored by Brazilian ace Fernandindo, flanked by the dynamic duo of Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva. The trio has enough experience and ability to snuff out the visitors’ hopes of a miraculous comeback. Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus are expected to start upfront alongside youngster Liam Delap. The 19-year-old made his Champions League debut in the first leg and could now earn his first start in the competition.

Man City already have one foot in the next round of the Champions League after they destroyed Sporting CP 5-0 in their own backyard last month. We fully expect Guardiola to make a few changes from his strongest starting eleven but still see Man City winning the 2nd leg at the Etihad with relative ease. Man City have won their last two encounters with Sporting CP and following that 5-0 victory in Portugal last month, we’re backing the hosts to win-to-nil on Wednesday night. City have won five of their last six matches in all competitions, keeping four clean sheets in the process, while Sporting have only won two of their last six outings and really struggled against Man City last time out.

We’re predicting goals in this game as each of the last two meetings between these two clubs have featured 5-goals. Over 3.5 goals have been scored in four of Man City’s last six outings in league and cup, including a 4-1 win over their local rivals, Man Utd, at the weekend. Guardiola’s men are in great goalscoring form right now and their defense looks solid, so Sporting could well be on the end of another hammering on Wednesday.

The Manchester Derby took place on Sunday and while United gave a good account of themselves in the first half, City ended up running out comfortable winners. De Bruyne put the home side in front after 5-minutes following good work down the left-hand side. However, former City youngster, Sancho, fired Man Utd back onto level terms in the 22nd-minute and refused to celebrate against his former employers. De Bruyne added a second goal before the break and in the second half, Mahrez scored twice to warp up a 4-1 victory.

Sporting CP returned to winning ways at the weekend when they played host to newly promoted Arouca. Algeria’s Slimani scored both of the home sides’ goals early in the second forty-five to keep Sporting sitting second in the Primeira Liga table behind Porto. Having lost the home leg against Man City 5-0, Sporting will be aiming to keep things respectable on Wednesday, knowing full well they have almost no chance of progressing any further in this season’s Champions League.

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