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Manchester City vs FC Porto Prediction and Betting Preview, 21 Oct 2020

Here's our Man City vs FC Porto Prediction analysis: Pep Guardiola will continue his quest for a first Champions League title with Man City when the Citizens tackle Portuguese outfit FC Porto in their opening fixture at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.
Match status: 2020-21 Champions League - Group Stages
Kick-off:
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Manchester City’s rise over the past decade has been epic. Once known a midtable Premier League side, the Citizens have grown to become English giants, challenging for major honors every single year. In fact, they have clinched the domestic league title twice from their previous three attempts.

Meanwhile, FC Porto have always been a top Portuguese side as far back as anyone can remember. Alongside cross-town rivals Sporting CP and Benfica, the Dragons form the Primeira Liga’s ‘Big Three’. Expect a thrilling encounter between these two sides come kickoff.

Manchester City vs FC Porto Team News

Despite their difficult start to the new season, you cannot be too critical of this Manchester City side. They have had their fair share of injury concerns lately – ones that have left them in the lurch. They have picked up only seven points from their opening four matches.

The Citizens have played each of their last two of their previous three games without a recognized striker as Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero spent some time on the sidelines. However, for their good, Aguero made his return to the squad in their most recent date with Arsenal.

With the Argentine forward back in the side, City were rampant throughout the game, and were deservedly 1-0 winners. Surely, that victory must have done Man City’s confidence levels a world of good as they put a two-game winless streak to an end.

Recapping their run in the Champions League last season, Guardiola’s men were one of the teams to make a huge statement. Viewed as favorites for the title, they fell to a shock 3-1 defeat at the hands of French outfit Lyon.

Having another run-out in the competition this term, City will fancy their chances of finally bringing that coveted Champions League trophy to the Etihad Stadium. Meanwhile, FC Porto will be returning to the European scene after missing out on CL football last season.

Without commitments elsewhere, the Dragons were able to focus squarely on the Portuguese Primeira Liga where they finished at the top to snatch the league trophy from former champions Benfica. They amassed a whopping 82 points from their 34 fixtures.

They have been brilliant this season. Their last game saw them take on Sporting CP in a heated clash at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, as they shared the spoils with the Lions. Uribe and Corona were on target as Conceicao’s charges picked up a vital point against their fellow title-challengers.

Injured or Suspended Players

Manchester City: Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Sandler.

FC Porto: Ivan Marcano and Mouhamed Mbaye.

Pre-Match Odds

Manchester City: 1.285
Draw: 6.7
FC Porto: 11
All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.
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Who will win the match?

Man City vs FC Porto Predictions

Take nothing away from this FC Porto team – they are one of the best sides in Portugal, and a force to reckon with in Europe. However, grabbing a result at the Etihad may be too much an ask for the Dragons. They aren’t likely to stand any chances against the Citizens.

With Aguero back in the side, we cannot see past a win for the home side. As such, feel free to wager an outright Man City win with Guardiola’s men keeping a clean sheet in the process.
Our Betting Tip:
City -1.5 AH @ 1.81
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Correct Score:
Manchester City 3-0 FC Porto @ 9.00

Predicted Score-Related Betting Tips

Match Winner:
Home Win @ 1.30
Over/Under:
Under 3.5 @ 1.90
Goalscorer:
Foden To Score @ 2.50
Handicap:
Home -1.5 AH @ 1.81
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