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Manchester City vs Porto: Predictions and Betting Tips

Manchester City vs Porto: Predictions and Betting Tips as Pep Guardiola’s quest for a first Champions League crown with Manchester City continues on Wednesday.

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The hosts head into the Group C tie following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Arsenal at the weekend

(The African Stand) — Manchester City kicks off their 2020/21 Champions League journey with a home clash against FC Porto on Wednesday evening.

While Pep Guardiola has largely dominated the Premier League since arriving in Manchester in 2016, the European Cup is the one trophy to have eluded him so far in England.

Last season’s tournament seemed a golden opportunity for City to finally go all the way, but Guardiola got his tactics wrong as they were dumped out of Uefa’s unique finals tournament by Lyon.

Guardiola has taken responsibility is wants to make amends for City’s stumbles in Europe so far, and their first Group C fixtures pit them against a plucky Porto side who could cause injury-weakened side problems.

Date, time, and venue

Man City vs FC Porto is scheduled for an 8 pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, October 21.

The match will be behind closed doors at Etihad Stadium with no fans due to being present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.

Team news

City were without Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Aymeric Laporte, and Benjamin Mendy for Saturday’s 1-0 win over Arsenal, but Guardiola said the situation was slowly improving.

“Oleksandr Zinchenko is back and other players are back,” he said. “Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Joao Cancelo are in good condition. We expect Benjamin Mendy back soon so the team will grow.”

Without Laporte, summer signings Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias started alongside each other in City’s defence at the weekend and put in an impressive display as Dias earned his manager’s praise.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

The sides have met twice before in Europe, with City seeing off Porto 6-1 in the Europa League round-of-32 back in February 2012. City won 2-1 in Portugal and then cantered to a 4-0 victory back in Manchester.

Prediction: Man City 2-1 Porto

Though City are facing injury issues and still finding their feet regarding tactics, Guardiola’s men should have enough about them to squeeze out a win – as evidenced by the tactical masterclass against Arsenal last weekend.

Ericson Mangoli

Written by Ericson Mangoli

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