Man City v Porto 17:00 Wed
Porto face the unenviable task of attempting to topple Premier League leaders Manchester City as Paddy Power make Mancini’s men heavy odds on favourites tonight when the pair clash at the Etihad Stadium in the second leg of their Europa League Round of 32 fixture.
The Citizens managed to come back from going a goal down at the Estádio do Dragão last week and ran out as eventual 2-1 victors in what was, as predicted, a highly entertaining encounter.
Sergio Aguero notched the winner six minutes from time last week and will be looking to net again this week and help his team proceed to the Round of 16 in the European competition.
Despite failing to maintain their spot in this season’s Champions League, City still lead in the English top flight and attaining a cup double is still a massive possibility for the side.
With two away goals from the first leg, the Manchester outfit sit in a comfortable position heading into this match but current Europa League champions showed last season that they have the talent to pull off an upset.
Players like Joao Moutinho, Otamendi and of course Hulk – who has been linked with a move to Eastlands – will be hoping to turn around the deficit, having not lost a two-legged tie in the Europa League or, as it was known, the UEFA Cup since the 2000-01 campaign.
Otamendi returns to the side after being unavailable for the first-leg, however one man who won’t feature is Alvaro Pereira, who is suspended.
The game will be a difficult one for Vitor Pereira and his Porto side, with the recent announcement that UEFA will be looking to allegations of racist chanting in their defeat at the Estadio do Dragao last Thursday.
Although City are favourites to prove victorious on Wednesday night, the risk of losing their Europa League title may spur Porto on to registering an upset by knocking out one of the major contenders to win the whole tournament, although with a 2-1 deficit to overturn at the Etihad the odds are definitely against them.