Sporting v Manchester City: Champions League live stream, TV channel, how to watch online, news, odds
After being terribly short at Porto last year, Manchester City return to the Champions League as favorites to go all the way and lift the trophy in St Petersburg, Russia in May. Certainly, Sporting are unlikely to put undue testing on Pep Guardiola’s side, who have dropped just two points since the end of the group stage in December.
City will go injury-free by signing Jack Grealish, Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker, who is suspended for both legs of this encounter. Still, they should have more than enough to overcome even a full-strength Sporting, although they would do well not to take dangerous man Pedro Gonçalves lightly. Here’s how you can watch the game and what you need to know:
Dated: Tuesday February 15 | Time: 3 p.m. ET
Site: Estádio José Alvalade — Lisbon, Portugal
Television and live broadcast: Paramount+
Odds: Sportsman +1000; Draw +450; Manchester City-350 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
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Sports CP: The Portuguese champions’ competitive juices will certainly flow after this weekend where they prepared for their return to European action with a clash against Porto that started fiercely and ended in a 40-man brawl in which four players were sent off. While those suspensions won’t continue in the Champions League, Ruben Amorim won’t be happy with the way his side squandered a two-goal lead with chaotic defending against crosses, a bad sign ahead of games against City.
If nothing else, at least history is on Sporting’s side. They only met City once in the 2011-12 Europa League, reaching the quarter-finals on away goals after a 3-3 draw.
Manchester City: There could be six games between City and any final but already the talk is whether the presumptive Premier League champions can do better than last year and win the final. Every season that Guardiola fails tends to raise questions about the manager’s tactics, but his players do everything they can to speak in a cool way that it’s win or lose for City.
“This club hasn’t won the Champions League yet but we don’t have to win it,” said João Cancelo. “People from outside might think that, but we don’t. We know we have one of the best teams in Europe, one of the best teams.
“But I think winning the Champions League is not an obligation. You have to play the best teams in Europe and play the best players in the world. We are capable of winning it but it is not our duty.”
Sporting have proven to be a good team at limiting opposition shots on goal, but they surely won’t have enough to keep City at bay. Take: Sporting CP 0, Manchester City 2