Porto vs Manchester City: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
Portuguese giants Porto welcome Manchester City to the Atlantic coast in the Champions League on Tuesday at 8pm.
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Porto vs Manchester City: Predictions
Manchester City have made a flawless start to their Champions League campaign, winning all four of their Group C encounters, which has subsequently secured progression to the knockout rounds with two matches to spare, and the Citizens can confirm a top-place finish when they travel to Porto on Tuesday.
Just three points separates group-topping City with their hosts later this week, and while a win will confirm Pep Guardiola’s side as Group C winners, a point would also be enough as the club boast a superior head-to-head record as things stand, owing to their 3-1 win in the reverse fixture.
Porto meanwhile can confirm their place in the knockouts if they prevent City from winning or, if Olympiacos fail to beat Marseille in the other Group C match on Tuesday. The permutations are favourable for Sergio Conceicao, but the Porto coach will want to determine his own fate, and not rely on events elsewhere.
Having got back to winning ways in some style over the weekend in a 5-0 battering of Burnley, City will be licking their lips to dish out further punishment. And while Porto can be a tricky customer on their day, as City will attest to in the home tie, the English club have won their last three meetings by an aggregate scoreline of 9-2.
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Porto vs Manchester City: Match Stats
The Citizens have somewhat struggled by their lofty standards in the Premier League, but Guardiola has encountered no such problems in Europe. Already his side have kept three clean sheets in their four Group C games, conceding just the single goal to Porto, and he will be confident of keeping a lid on the Dragons this week.
At the opposite end of the pitch, Guardiola has endured an almost unprecedented predicament: a lack of goals. Prior to the weekend, City had netted just five goals in their last six league games, but that ephemeral scoring crisis was dispatched emphatically on Saturday as Guardiola reverted to type and oversaw a 5-0 hammering.
Burnley were the unlucky customers as City steamrollered them, and Riyad Mahrez played a pivotal role, helping himself to a well-taken hat-trick, and he will certainly be in the mood to follow up that impressive showing against Porto later this week.
21 October 2020 – Man City 3-1 Porto – Champions League
22 February 2012 – Man City 4-0 Porto – Europa League
16 February 2012 – Porto 1-2 Man City – Europa League
The last time these sides met in Portugal, Roberto Mancini’s City were competing in the Europa League having crashed out of the 2011/12 group stages of the Champions League. City ran out 2-1 victors that day, with an 84th-minute Sergio Aguero winner, before thumping the Dragons 4-0 in the second leg.