Manchester City vs Sporting Lisbon: Prediction Odds & Betting Tips, 09/03/22, Team News and Lineups

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Manchester City vs Sporting Lisbon prediction for Wednesday’s Champions League fixture at Etihad Stadium in Manchester. The Citizens have a 5-0 lead from the first leg as they host Sporting Lisbon for the second leg of the UEFA Champions League round 16 matchups. You can follow our free prediction preview and betting tips on this page.
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Manchester City vs Sporting Lisbon Free Prediction and Betting Tips

Bookmaker Ratings prediction one: Manchester City Win and Over 2.5 Goals – 1.56

Bookmaker Ratings prediction two: Manchester City -2 Goals Handicap – 1.72

Bookmaker Ratings prediction three: Anytime Correct Score 2-0 – 1.56

Manchester City Win and Over 2.5 Goals

The Citizens are clear favorites to win this one with odds of 1.15. Since the odds are very low, we will combine the home win with total goals of over 2.5. To justify, eight of City’s last ten home matches saw over 2.5 goals. And the same feat happened in Sporting’s last ten away games.

Manchester City -2 Goals Handicap 

All five wins in the Champions League by Manchester City this season by two goals margin or more. In addition, while playing at the Etihad, the Citizens won by two or more goals in seven of their games. With their current form, we think City are capable of covering the two-goal handicap on Wednesday.

Anytime Correct Score 2-0

Manchester City always like to go on a flying start and it will be the case in the second leg as well. To point out, in three of their seven games in the CL, City were up by 2-0 during the game. While playing at home in all competitions, the 2-0 scoreline appeared in six of City’s last ten fixtures.

Preliminary Review and Match Prediction for Manchester City vs Sporting Lisbon

Manchester City left nothing to play for in the second leg after a 5-0 thrashing of Sporting in the first leg. However, Guardiola is known for his discipline and will urge his team to have a similar result if possible. Certainly, the Citizens are looking forward to another go at the CL title after they lost the final to Chelsea last season.

There is no doubt that City find no trouble in scoring goals but they tend to lose focus at the back sometimes. We saw that in the Premier League match against Tottenham when Guardiola’s team lost 2-3.

That was the third time Manchester City conceded three times in a match at Etihad. However, on the other two occasions, the Citizens replied with six strikes winning 6-3. Surely, Guardiola will make sure the same scenario doesn’t happen again and have a more comfortable performance.

It all went wrong for Sporting in the first 32 minutes as they went down by three goals and ended the half with 0-4. From then on, it was just a matter of keeping it respectable for the Lions but the 0-5 scoreline doesn’t suggest so.

Coming to the Etihad for the second leg, coach Ruben Amorim will make sure his team doesn’t fall into the same mistakes. Hence, Sporting will play for their pride and try to prove that the first leg result was a one-time slip-up.

Manchester City vs Sporting Lisbon Prediction

Obviously, there is no pressure whatsoever on Manchester City and players usually excel when playing in such conditions. Consequently, we predict City to win with two goals margin and the slack of tension in the match may lead to over 2.5 total goals.

Safe Bet

At the Etihad, Manchester City are averaging 3.25 goals per game. Moreover, the Citizens failed to score in just one of their 18 home games. Thus backing City to score over 2.5 goals in this game seems a safe bet with a very generous 1.71 odds at Vbet.

Quick Rich

Guardiola will make sure his team will not underestimate the match and goals off to a firing start. As a result, we expect City to be on the offensive from the beginning as usual. Thus, backing the Citizens to score two or more goals in the first half with odds of 4.75, seems a good way for a quick profit.

Manchester City vs Sporting Lisbon First Goalscorer

Playing on wide positions and getting into the box leaves players like Riyad Mahrez with a lot of scoring chances. And the Algerian made the most of this by scoring 19 goals this season for City in all competition. With such a form, we will back Mahrez to be the first scorer on Wednesday.

Manchester City vs Sporting Lisbon Team News

Two center backs Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake did not play against Manchester United and are doubtful for Wednesday. John Stones and Aymeric Laporte replaced the two injured defenders and Guardiola may as well rely on the duo for the CL clash.

As for Sporting, winger Pedro Goncalves is out with an unknown injury. The same goes for other midfielders Braganca, Palhinha, and Santos. Coach Amorim will hope all these players will be fit for the second leg as he wants to get a fine result.

Manchester City vs Sporting Lisbon Lineups

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rodri, Silva, Mahrez, Jesus, Foden.

Sporting: Adan, Inacio, Coates, Reis, Vinagre, Essugo, Matheus, Esgaio, Sarabia, Slimani, Santos.

 

Most Popular FAQ for Manchester City vs Sporting Lisbon

Who won the last meeting between these clubs?

Manchester City beat Sporting Lisbon 5-0 on February 2, 2022, in Lisbon.

Where will this match be played? 

Wednesday’s match will be played at Etihad Stadium in Manchester.

Which bookmaker has the best odds for this match?

We recommend checking out the odds at Vbet for Manchester City vs Sporting Lisbon.

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