Roberto Mancini’s team have one foot in the last sixteen of the competition after a 2-1 win away to FC Porto last week, having recovered from a goal down at half-time to turn the tie completely on its head.
The manager selected his strongest team for the first leg although might choose to rest a few first-team regulars for this encounter on the basis that the Portuguese champions have to score two goals at Eastlands to stand any chance of making progress.
City are still strong favourites at 4/6 (Bet Victor free bets) to claim victory in this match and an early goal from the home side might leave the visitors feeling deflated, although it is worth noting that this is not a game that the Premier League leaders have to win.
Saturday’s match against Blackburn Rovers looms on the horizon and perhaps the draw is a better way to go at odds of 11/4 (bet365 bookmaker) considering that Porto have nothing to lose by having a go at their opponents.
Vítor Pereira’s side warmed up for this match with a 3-1 win at Vitoria Setubal on Sunday, with the bookmakers offering a price of 5/1 (Boylesports) that they claim victory at the Etihad Stadium in the same way that Liverpool and Manchester United have managed to do in cup competitions recently.
Silvestre Varela opened the scoring in the first leg and the 27-year-old is a 14/1 chance (Betfred £50 free bets) to do the same in this match, while Messrs Aguero, Dzeko and Balotelli will be looking to put the tie out of reach for the home side.