Kick-off: 2000, 15/02/2022
Stadium: Jose Alvalade Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Manchester City start the knockout stage as outright favourites in the Champions League winner odds and should brush aside Sporting Lisbon with minimum fuss.
Pep Guardiola’s men are looking to go one step further than last season when they were beaten by Chelsea in the final and they are just 2.40 to reach the showpiece once again.
Sporting qualified for the last 16 with only nine points and we’re backing the visitors at 1.98 to be leading at both half-time and full-time as our opening Sporting Lisbon vs Man City prediction.
Sporting Lisbon Odds
Sporting could hardly have made a worst start to their Champions League campaign when they conceded twice in the first 10 minutes on the way to a 5-1 defeat at home to Ajax.
That was followed by a 1-0 loss at Borussia Dortmund but they found their shooting boots against Besiktas, winning 4-1 in Turkey and 4-0 at home.
With Ajax dominating the group, the matchday five meeting with Dortmund was the crunch clash in determining who finished as runners-up and a 3-1 win for Sporting secured their place in the last 16 with a game to spare.
A 4-2 defeat at Ajax meant the campaign ended in a similar style to the way it started but the main aim had already been achieved.
The nine goals they conceded against the Dutch side is a worry for their chances here but they have some useful attacking talent, most notably Pedro Goncalves who is thriving since being offloaded by Wolves where he made just one appearance.
He bagged a brace against both Besiktas and Dortmund while striker Paulinho also has four goals in this season’s Champions League.
Manchester City Odds
The goals flowed for City during the group stage as they topped Group A ahead of Paris St-Germain.
Top spot was secured with a 2-1 win against the French giants and it meant Guardiola could rotate his squad for the final match.
They did not get through it without any issues, though, as full-back Kyle Walker was sent off during the 2-1 defeat at RB Leipzig.
The England defender was shown the red card for a needless hack at the legs of Leipzig goalscorer Andre Silva after 82 minutes of the match behind closed doors at the RB Arena.
Guardiola said: “The red card hurts us, especially for the round of 16. Kyle Walker is an important player for us and is unnecessary to lose him like this. I hope he learns from this.”
City have the squad to cope without any one player and it would be a surprise if they do not take control of the tie at the earliest opportunity.
They are averaging three goals a game in this season’s competition and a 3-1 win in Portugal at 10.50 completes our Sporting Lisbon vs Man City betting tips.
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