Man City vs Sporting Lisbon: TV channel, live stream, how to watch, plus team and injury news

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Manchester City will be hoping to avoid a major upset in the second leg of their Champions League tie.

Manchester City host Sporting Lisbon in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday, and head into the clash at the Etihad Stadium with a 5-0 lead from the first leg.

The Sky Blues raced into a comfortable advantage last month in the Portuguese capital, with goals from Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva (2), Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling.

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It means Wednesday’s fixture is unlikely to produce any major storylines, although should Sporting overturn their first leg deficit, it would be one of the biggest upsets in the competition’s history.

Sporting, the Portuguese champions, progressed to this stage of the competition after finishing second in a group that contained Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and Besiktas, but simply couldn’t keep pace with City in their first knockout game.

Bernardo Silva scored two in the first leg against Sporting. Credit: Getty.Bernardo Silva scored two in the first leg against Sporting. Credit: Getty.
Bernardo Silva scored two in the first leg against Sporting. Credit: Getty.

They head to Manchester on the back of just two wins from six in all competitions, and last week they lost 2-1 to Porto in the semi-finals of their Taca de Portugal fixture.

As for City, optimism is high among their supporters following a dominant second-half showing in Sunday’s Manchester derby, which resulted in a 4-1 victory over Manchester United.

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After a slightly subpar recent run, City will be hoping that can elevate them back to their best form, following dropped points against Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur, and a fortuitous win over Everton two weeks ago.

However, City have been phenomenal in the Champions League this season, winning five of their seven games in the competition this term. The two losses came in the group stage, the first of which was against Paris Saint-Germain, and the second occurred in the final group match after City had already secured top spot.

City dispatched United easily at the weekend. Credit: Getty.City dispatched United easily at the weekend. Credit: Getty.
City dispatched United easily at the weekend. Credit: Getty.

What’s the latest team news?

Pep Guardiola revealed in Tuesday’s pre-match press conference that he only has 15 senior players to choose from for the last-16 tie.

That’s because Joao Cancelo is missing through illness and Kyle Walker is suspended following his red card against RB Leipzig in the group stage, something Guardiola is still angry about.

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But it means the Sky Blues have just three first-team defenders available, and the City manager will either have to select an unorthodox back three of John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Oleksandr Zinchenko, or draft in Fernandinho or Luke Mbete into the backline.

The latter was one of six youngsters who was involved in the club’s training session on Tuesday, along with Shea Charles, CJ Egan-Riley, Samuel Edozie, James McAtee and Liam Delap, as well as Kayky.

Fernandinho could come into the team to face Sporting. Credit: Getty.Fernandinho could come into the team to face Sporting. Credit: Getty.
Fernandinho could come into the team to face Sporting. Credit: Getty.

Guardiola also hinted that Kevin De Bruyne could be rested as he’s just one yellow card away from a suspension in the Champions League.

In addition, the Catalan said Zinchenko was ‘ready’ to play, while Gabriel Jesus is likely to start as he rebuilds his fitness following a recent injury.

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Ederson is another who will almost certainly play, with Zack Steffen still absent, while the Brazilian was City’s press conference player, usually an indication he’ll play in the upcoming game.

Is the match on TV?

The game will be shown live on BT Sport 2 in the UK, and the pre-match build-up starts at 7pm. Via the BT Sport app, it is also possible to stream the game live. Afterwards, Champions League Live will reflect on City’s match and Real Madrid v PSG, the other game to be played on Wednesday.

How can I watch highlights?

BT Sports’ YouTube channel will bring highlights after the game, as will the Champions League’s social media platforms. Alternatively, City’s website will show the best bits.

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