On October 21, Manchester City and Porto will play in a three-point battle in the first round of the Champions League group stage, and we have prepared a prediction for this confrontation. What to expect from the match?
Last season, the Citizens had a great opportunity to compete for at least the Champions League final, but a step away from it, the team lost to Lyon (1: 3), which was a major sensation and at the same time a disappointment.
Despite this result, the club’s management left Pep Guardiola on the coaching bridge, thereby giving the Spaniard a second chance, although his charges are openly slowing down, as they are in 11th place in the Premier League.
Over the weekend , Manchester City played at home a far from easy fight against London’s Arsenal, so it was not sweet, but the hosts made better use of the chances and minimally beat the rival (1: 0).
The Dragons are in a fairly even group, if you do not take into account Manchester City, although now you can play against Pep Guardiola’s team, so the fight for the first places will be serious.
In the domestic league Porto are once again aiming for the championship, although the start of the season was extraordinary. The team had time to enjoy the victory, and also chalked up the defeat to Maritimu (2: 3).
In the last meeting Sergio Conceição’s charges played an away draw with Sporting CP (2: 2). It was noticeable that the guests could not fully concentrate on the game, as they were saving energy before the European competitions. In short, we are waiting for an interesting confrontation.
In 2012, the rivals held two head-to-head matches, then Manchester City won twice.
Porto have scored in 12 consecutive games.
Over the last ten games, the “townspeople” have won seven victories.
The Dragons have not lost away for three matches.
After the unfortunate defeat to Lyon in the last Champions League, Pep Guardiola and his players are motivated as never before, as they need to rehabilitate, so there is no doubt that Manchester City will give all their best, especially in the opening matches when you need to recruit glasses.
Players “Porto” are well aware that to take away at least one point with “Etihad” – it will be a good result, but it is unlikely it will turn out to play for a draw, as the home rival will press hard, respectively, will have to act according to the rules of “citizens”. In this case, we offer a bet on the total over.
Our forecast – total over 3 goals per odds 1.62 in bookmaker 1xBet