The Champions League resumes on Tuesday after a short break. Here, the return leg of the 1/8 finals kicks off. However, Manchester City and Sporting Lisbon are unlikely to be worthy of a fight – it was all decided back in Portugal. How will the clubs fare in this case? The website analysts have provided their forecast for this match on March 9, 2022. Full statistics and all current odds for the match can be found at 1xbet betting.
Manchester City have long been dreaming of winning the Champions League
City are a project in which billions have been invested by Middle Eastern investors. They are certainly happy that their brainchild has grown into the No.1 force in English football. Yes, there’s Liverpool, who won the APL in 2020, and are now breathing down the back of a rival. But still, Guardiola clearly wasn’t called in so much as to add to an increasingly impressive collection of titles and trophies – what’s needed is an “Eeyore”. The year 2021 finally saw a breakthrough, with a chance to reach the final. But Pep was outplayed there by Thomas Tuchel and beaten by Chelsea. Now it’s a new attempt, and the first step to the play-offs has almost been taken. A 5-0 rival cannot be beaten, especially in England.
Sporting (Lisbon) have already achieved decent results
The Lions in recent years in their native Portugal have mostly finished below Porto and Benfica. Sometimes they even lost the bronze medal to Braga. But last season, under Ruben Amorima, they managed an unexpected breakthrough. Another 1st success was the performance in the Champions League group stage. There Sporting surprised by winning the dispute for the 2nd place in the quartet from such a difficult and strong opponent as Borussia Dortmund. The team traded home victories with the Germans, and scored the same number of points, but scored more goals. In the 1/8, on the other hand, it didn’t work out. Initially, it was the Lions who were the underdogs in the pair, but still to get 5 unanswered goals, and 4 of them already within the 1st half, looks too much. Now, the only thing left is to try and slam the door, and that’s far from certain, even against an unmotivated City.
And in March 2012, in the Europa League playoffs, Sporting were able to get past Manchester City. Then the clubs exchanged home victories: 1-0 in Lisbon, 3-2 in England.
Sporting can play at their own pace, as can Manchester City – open football can be shown. We expect a total of more than 3.0 goals scored (odds of 1.7).