Champions League

Man City vs Sporting CP: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Krishan Davis
City ran riot in the first leg
City ran riot in the first leg / Zed Jameson/MB Media/GettyImages
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You never like to say a football match is a foregone conclusion - but this is a foregone conclusion.

Manchester City absolutely obliterated Sporting CP in the first leg of this Champions League last-16 tie, running out 5-0 winners in Lisbon against a side who qualified from a group that wouldn't have looked out of place in the Europa League.

While the away goals rule may have been abolished, it's safe to say there is absolutely zero chance of a comeback here, with the Citizens in fine fettle following a comfortable Manchester derby victory on Sunday.

Here's everything you need to know about what is essentially a dead rubber...


How to watch Man City vs Sporting CP on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Wednesday 9 March, 20:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Etihad Stadium
TV channel/live stream? BT Sport 2 (UK), TUDN (US)
Highlights? BT Sport YouTube channel
Referee? Halil Umut Meler (TUR)
VAR? Abdulkadir Bitigen (TUR)


Man City team news

Central defenders Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake are both injured and won't feature here. Dynamic young midfielder Cole Palmer is also still sidelined with a bothersome foot problem.

Kyle Walker is suspended for two more European matches following his mindless red card at the end of the group stage.


Sporting CP team news

Star player Pedro Gonçalves has missed Sporting's last three games with a thigh injury and it seems unlikely he would be risked here.

Central midfielder Matheus Nunes is also suspended in another blow to manager Ruben Amorim.


Man City vs Sporting CP head-to-head record

The first leg was just the third meeting between these two after Sporting emerged victorious in a two-legged Europa League last 16 tie on away goals in 2012.

Don't expect a repeat here...


Man City vs Sporting CP score prediction

Man City completely outclassed their hosts in the first leg, and they shouldn't need to get out of first gear here to get the job done.

Dias' absence could be felt but it just feels as though City have more than enough at the back and going forward to dismantle a weakened Sporting once again.

The absence of Gonçalves and Nunes will ensure this is mission impossible for the Portuguese side, but it could be a tight game with the hosts under no pressure to go for it.

Score prediction: Man City 2-1 Sporting CP


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