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.
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.
“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.”
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.