Manchester City vs Porto Betting Preview | 21 Oct 2020

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Making a return to winning ways following on from the international break, Manchester City will turn their focus to European duties when they welcome Porto to the Etihad on Wednesday night.

Marking their return to action with a deserved 1-0 win against Arsenal on home soil over the weekend, the former Premier League champions are desperate to lay down an early Champions League marker following their shock defeat out in Portugal over the summer.

On the flip side, throwing away the lead late on in what was a battle between two of Portugal’s heavyweights over the weekend, Porto eventually played out a 2-2 draw against Sporting Lisbon and have shown some recent issues at the back.

In for a tough trip across Europe on Wednesday night, the midweek guests should be alarmed by their most recent meeting against the Premier League giants.

Hit with a 4-0 drumming when they made the trip to Manchester back in 2012, you might be interested to know an identical outcome at the Etihad can be found priced at 12/1 with William Hill.

Betting Tip: Manchester City win and under 4.5 goals – 20/21 @ Paddy Power
*Odds are correct at time of writing and are subject to change without prior notice.

Sterling does it again

While Pep Guardiola would have been far from pleased by his side’s displays heading into the international break earlier in the month, Manchester City managed to somewhat kick-start their campaign over the weekend.

Watching defending champions Liverpool once again slip up in the Merseyside derby on Saturday lunchtime, the Sky Blues picked up a deserved 1-0 win against Arsenal at the Etihad and the one-time Bayern Munich boss has been vocal about Raheem Sterling’s purple patch at the start of the New Year.

Although City might have been glad to see Sergio Aguero once again make his return from a long-term knee injury, the England international bagged the winner in Manchester and has turned himself into quite the marksman.

With no player in the top-flight recording more strikes across all formats since opening 2020, the 25-year-old already has four goals to his name so far this season.

In fact, Sterling has had a hand in each of Manchester City’s last five goals in all competitions and can be found priced at 8/13 with Unibet to bag his first Champions League strike on Wednesday night.

Betting Tip: Manchester City win and under 4.5 goals – 20/21 @ Paddy Power
*Odds are correct at time of writing and are subject to change without prior notice.

A tough task for Porto

Although Porto might have opened up the 2020/2021 campaign with a routine 3-1 win against Sporting Braga on home soil last month, the Dragons have struggled to find top gear and once again showed some underlying issues over the weekend.

Throwing away the lead late on and having to eventually settle for a 2-2 draw against Sporting Lisbon on their travels, Head Coach Sérgio Conceição is desperate for his side to find some stability as they look to reclaim their Primeira Liga crown this season.

However, already sacrificing their unbeaten status after what was a dramatic 3-2 defeat against Marítimo at the Estádio Do Dragão prior to the international break, Porto couldn’t have wished for a tougher task as they make their Champions League return at the Etihad.

Shipping five goals in back-to-back appearances and managing to muster just a single clean sheet across their last seven matchups on the spin, it should also be noted that they were hit with a 4-1 drumming when they faced off against Liverpool in last year’s tournament.

You might be interested to know that Porto are priced at 10/11 with Betfair to once again ship over 2.5 goals on Wednesday night.


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