Sporting CP travel to the Etihad Stadium facing a mission impossible after being beaten 5-0 by Premier League leaders in Lisbon last month.
Former Benfica player Bernardo Silva netted a brace against their former rivals, while Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling also netted in an irresistible goal at the Estadio Jose Alvalade where City led 4-0 at half-time.
City have continued to impress since then, apart from the last loss to Tottenham, maintaining their six-point lead over Liverpool at the Premier League summit with a derby scraping Manchester United and sealing a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, sparking optimism over a potential treble to match their rivals’ 1999 vintage.
Sporting have been mixed since that demolition in the first leg, with wins over Estoril and Arouca to accompany a draw against Maritimo and a costly 2-1 loss to Primeira Liga title rivals FC Porto.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Manchester City vs Sporting CP is set to kick off at 8pm GMT tonight, Wednesday March 9, 2022.
The match will take place at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.
Where to watch Man City vs Sporting
TV channel: Tonight’s game will be televised live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage starting at 7pm.
Direct: BT Sport subscribers will also be able to watch the action unfold online via the BT Sport website or app.
Live: You can also follow the match with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog.
Man City vs Sporting Team News
Pep Guardiola says City have just 14 players available for this second leg, with Kyle Walker still suspended in Europe – something his manager remains furious about – and Joao Cancelo ill.
The likes of Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake, Cole Palmer and Zack Steffen are also sidelined.
However, Guardiola is still expected to make several changes to his starting XI, with a trip to Crystal Palace and the FA Cup Round of 16 tie with Southampton fast approaching.
18-year-old defender Luke Mbete could make an appearance with Oleksandr Zinchenko, while Kevin De Bruyne could be among the big names who rest here.
For Sporting, the in-demand Joao Palhinha is doubtful with Pedro Goncalves, while Matheus Nunes is suspended.
Man City vs Sporting Prediction
City blew Sporting away with a superb display of firepower in Lisbon three weeks ago.
The confidence in Guardiola’s side scoring for free will only have kicked into high gear after this derby hammering from desolate United and it would take a surprise of absolutely monumental proportions to deny them a place in the quarter-finals.
This is the trophy City so desperately dream of and they will want to continue to impress as they progress through the tournament. Another complete victory is announced.
Man City win, 3-0.
Head-to-head history and results (h2h)
Manchester City win: 2
Sports wins: 1