Man City v Porto: Champions League betting predictions, free tips & TV details
Citizens can start Champions League bid by slaying Dragons at the Etihad
Champions League predictions for Manchester City v Porto on Wednesday.
Where to watch
BT Sport 3, 8pm Wednesday
Man City to win & under 4.5 goals
3pts 7-8 Betway
Kevin De Bruyne and Oleksandr Zinchenko are unlikely to be risked. Gabriel Jesus, Benjamin Mendy and Aymeric Laporte are still out.
Ivan Marcano and Mouhamed Mbaye are long-term crocks.
Porto's trips to England have been little short of calamitous over the years and their losing record looks set to be extended at the Etihad.
Manchester City kick off their Champions League Group C campaign with a showdown with the Portuguese champions and the competition's pre-tournament joint-favourites should get off to a winning start.
Porto have never won in 19 European ties in England, losing 16 of them. They haven't even found the net in the last seven.
Different sides from different eras have all appeared to be plagued by the same mental block and there's very little in the make-up of Sergio Conceicao's team to suggest they are going to buck the trend.
City are short enough but hard to oppose. The 7-8 that they win in a match featuring four goals or fewer looks like better value.
It's a big night for Pep Guardiola as he begins his quest for a first European trophy since arriving in Manchester. Last season ended flatly at the hands of Lyon at the quarter-final stage, the third year in a row that they had exited the competition in the last eight.
Guardiola will be wanting to get the group done and dusted early and will go into City's group opener with an air of positivity.
Kevin de Bruyne is an absentee but that merely allows someone of the calibre of Phil Foden to shine. The return of Sergio Aguero for 65 minutes of Saturday's 1-0 win against Arsenal was another massive plus while Ruben Dias looks a quality addition to a backline which still needs stabilising.
Indeed, it looked more solid against the threat carried by a decent Gunners' outfit with Dias at the heart of a back three and Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva carrying out unorthodox defensive duties effectively. It will be interesting to see if Guardiola persists with this set-up against a Porto side whose threat is likely to come on the counter from wide men Jesus Corona and West Ham loanee Felipe Anderson.
The Dragons look weaker than last year after the transfer window and their start to the season has been mixed.
They won their first two matches before losing 3-2 at home to Maritimo. On Saturday they drew 2-2 at Sporting.
At the heart of the back four is Pepe, a hugely experienced stalwart who can read the game as well as anyone. And that's just as well because at 37 he won't have the legs to stay with City's slickers who will surely identify the veteran as a weak link.
City should be too strong but there's no reason to think it will be a massacre.
Porto have not scored on their last seven trips to England, conceding 15 goals.
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