Manchester City vs FC Porto Predictions and Betting : Porto will be aiming to secure their spot in the Round of 16 as they face the already-qualified Manchester City on 2 December. The match will be played at the Estádio do Dragão, the home stadium of FC Porto.
Porto have 9 points from their 4 encounters and are only 3 three points behind City. A win for Porto will also guarantee them a top 2 finish to the group stage as Olympiacos, the third-placed team in the Group C points table is far behind with only 3 points.
As both the teams are looking very strong, the Wednesday battle is expected to be thrilling.
Manchester City vs FC Porto Predictions and Betting : Recent Form
The Portuguese side, FC Porto gained momentum after facing their opening defeat at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City. Two successive home wins against Olympiacos (2-0) and Marseille (2-0), and again a 2-0 win in against Marselle in France lifted them to the 2nd spot in the points table.
The current season is the 24th UEFA Champions League campaign for Porto. They have managed to qualify for the Round of 16 on each of their last three appearances in the group stage. Porto have been beaten only once in their last 13 group stage matches.
They won four games in a row before the defeat on Matchday 1 this season. Porto have a good overall record against the English clubs (W8 D6 L5). All of the five defeats have come in their last 8 matches.
Manchester City boys are having a great season as they are unbeatable till now and have managed to score in each of their 4 group stage clashes.
A 1-0 victory over Olympiacos in last match secured their spot in the knockout phase. Manchester City finished second in the 2019/20 Premier League, ending the season 18 points behind Liverpool.
In the last 17 UEFA Champions League matches, City have scored 45 goals. Their record is amazing in the last two seasons (W17 D3 L3). A total of 61 goals were scored and only 22 conceded.
Guardiola’s team reached the Semi-Finals in the 2015/16 UEFA season which is their best performance so far.
Manchester City and FC Porto haven't had much one on one clashes. However, whenever the two teams met, City has always had an upper hand.
Both the teams faced each other in 3 direct matches so far and Manchester City emerged victorious in all three encounters. An average of 3.67 goals per match has been scored by both teams.
The most recent clash was on 21 October 2020 when Porto gave City a scare at the Etihad Stadium. Luiz Diaz’s early strike put City behind but goals from Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan, and Ferran Torres resulted in Porto’s defeat.
FC Porto’s strikers will be the key to put pressure on City defenders. The forward tactics depend on players like Shoya Nakajima and Moussa Marega.
Nakajima hasn’t scored yet but has maintained a good pass percentage of 79%. Marega has 1 goal in UEFA Champions League 2020/21 to his name. He has made 0.3 key passes per match.
Manchester City, on the other hand, is a powerhouse of class strikers like Riyad Mahrez, Sergio Aguero, and Raheem Sterling.
The experience of Riyad Marez is sure to trouble Porto defenders. In his 4 seasons for Manchester City, Riyad has played 132 matches and scored 24 goals.
Aguero has managed to score in 1 of the 2 group stage matches he played. Sterling has been very impressive with 60% successful dribbles per game.
FC Porto will have high expectations from Sergio Oliveira in the midfield. In the current season of the UEFA Champions League, he has scored 3 goals.
Oliveira has an excellent pass percentage of 81%. Porto will also need Luiz Diaz to perform well. Other important midfielders are Jesus Corona and Otavio.
Corona has assisted in 2 goals and created 3 chances for his team in the league so far. Otavio has managed to hit the net twice this season.
For Manchester City, the midfield responsibility rests on the shoulders of class players Ferran Torres, Kevin de Bruyne, and Rodri.
Torres is the leading goal-scorer with 3 goals in UEFA Champions League and 8 goals overall. He has maintained an amazing pass percentage of 91% with an average of 1.67 shots per goal.
With assistance from de Bruyne and Rodri, the midfield strategy looks dangerous for the opposition team.
If we talk about defence, FC Porto has some big names like Pepe and Wilson Manafa. Pepe has maintained 0.5 interceptions per game in UEFA. Manafa’s performance has also been impressive with an average of 1.3 tackles per game this season.
The presence of star defenders in Manchester City like Joao Cancelo and Ruben Dias makes sure that minimum or no goals are conceded in big matches. Cancelo has an excellent pass percentage of 84% this season. Dias is a master of intercepting the ball as his average interception is 2.0 per game so far.
FC Porto has slightly stronger defense as compared to city. This season only on 8 occasions the oppositions have found to sneak the ball through the Porto's defense and find the nets.
Porto's defense will be led by likes of Chancel Mbemba, Wilson Manafa and experienced Pepe.
Pepe and Mbemba have always been back bone for Porto's defense. Pepe has 77% aerial dues won with 2 clean sheets his domestic season. while Mbemba too has similar record as that of Pepe.
Manchester City has always been a tough team to beat for any opposition. They are completely faultless in the ongoing Champions League. Porto will have to bring their best and use the home advantage well to challenge City boys. The defense will be crucial for stopping the blazing strikers of Manchester City from scoring.
The prediction and betting platforms are favoring City's win for this match. However, looing at Porto's recent performance a surprise cannot be ignore in this match.
As per the Footballpredictions.com, Porto can score first but will end up conceding two goals towards the end. The platform predicts is 2-1 goals in favor of Manchester City.
Fctables has also chosen Manchester city as the clear favourites. As per them City has 56% chances of beating Porto while for Porto chances stands at just 19%
The betting odds for FC Porto’s win stands at 4.50 and for Manchester City, the odds are 1.72 as per Sofascore.