Sporting CP is having a great season by their standards, as they hope to compete against Europe’s big teams, most of whom have much deeper pockets than the Portuguese side. They sit second in the Primeira Liga, 6 points behind leaders FC Porto, and 6 points above Benfica who are in 3rd place. In 21 games, they have won 17, lost 2, and drawn 2.
In the Champions League, Sporting was able to scalp their way through to the Round of 16 after losing their first 2 games. 3 wins out of 6 were enough for them to nick second place behind Ajax. Pedro Goncalves is their leading goalscorer in the UCL with 4 goals and 2 assists.
For their team news and player availability, Sporting CP will be without top scorer Pedro Goncalves who is out with injury, and defender Porro Pedro who is unavailable.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are arguably Europe’s strongest side at the moment. They have played the entire season without a ‘real’ striker, yet are 9 points at the top of the English Premier League, have not lost in the league since October, and have already scored 57 goals.
In the Champions League, City won 4 out of 6 games in the group stages, winning a group that had the likes of PSG and RB Leipzig in it. They scored 18 goals, and conceded 10, in a somewhat mixed run by their high standards. Riyad Mahrez is their top scorer with 5 goals and will hope to find the back of the net against Sporting.
For their team news, Manchester City will be without the services of Palmer Cole and Gabriel Jesus who are sidelined with injury.
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