Therefore, Roberto Mancini’s side should have few problems taking care of a Sporting CP side at Estádio José Alvalade, especially when you consider that the Lions are 14 points worse off than Porto in the domestic table.
Perhaps Mancini will have one eye on Sunday’s trip to Swansea considering that City are likely to be trailing Manchester United by a point going into that game at the Liberty Stadium, although the Premier League leaders are warm favourites at 4/5 (Coral free bets) to win the first leg.
This game probably comes too early for Carlos Tevez who has resumed training with the first team squad following the much-publicised fall-out with Mancini, although Sergio Aguero should get a chance to stretch his legs after remaining on the bench last weekend.
Aguero is getting among the goals practically every game at the moment and looks a decent bet at 6/1 (William Hill bookmaker) to score the first goal, while the same bookie also have a best price about Mario Balotelli (11/2), Edin Dzeko (6/1) and David Silva (8/1).
Sporting managed to beat Legia Warsaw in the last round of the competition and they have won their last four matches on home soil, something which suggests they certainly have a chance of causing an upset at odds of 4/1 (bet365).
After all, City will have a second bite of the cherry at the Etihad Stadium and will feel confident of completing the job there based on the way they demolished Porto in the last round.
Sporting’s last three home games have seen them win by a 1-0 scoreline and that outcome can be backed at 11/1, although Manchester City are a 15/2 chance to claim another 2-1 win having beaten Porto by the same scoreline in Portugal.