MAN CITY have the straightforward task of not losing tonight’s Champions League last-16 second-leg with Sporting Lisbon by five goals.
City thrashed the Portuguese side 5-0 two weeks ago and have both feet firmly in the quarter-finals, but must first see through a workmanlike 90 minutes at the Etihad.
- Start time: 8pm GMT
- TV/Live stream: BT Sport 2
- Man City XI: To follow
- Sporting XI: To follow
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What time does Manchester City vs Sporting Lisbon kick-off?
- Manchester City take on Sporting TONIGHT – Wednesday 9, March.
- The match kicks off at 8:00pm UK time.
- It takes place at the Etihad in Manchester.
What TV channel is Manchester City vs Sporting Lisbon on and can I live stream it?
- Manchester City vs Sporting is live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 2 HD.
- The coverage commences from 7:00pm UK time – one hour before kick-off.
- Subscription members can also stream the game live via the BT Sport website or app.
Pep Guardiola will be short in the defensive department because Ruben Dias could be out for a minimum of four to six weeks, Nathan Ake has a muscular problem and Kyle Walker is still serving his three-match ban.
Sporting have some issues of their own because right-winger Pedro Goncalves and defensive midfielder, Joao Palhinha are both set to miss the trip to Manchester tonight.
Sporting Lisbon starting line-up
Antonio Adan starts in goal with Sebastian Coates, Goncalo Inacio and Matheus Reis in defence.
Manuel Ugarte, Pedro Porro, Luis Neto and Pablo Sarabia make up the midfield.
Paulinho and Bruno Tabata sit just in front of the midfield.
Islam Slimani leads the line.
Man City substitutes
Scott Carson, Cieran Slicker, Jack Grealish, Rodrigo, Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Kayky, Liam Delap, Samuel Edozie, Luke Mbete, James McAtee.
The Sky Blues start in a 4-3-3 formation.
Man City starting line-up
Ederson starts in goal.
CJ Egan-Riley makes his Champions League debut and lines up alongside John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Oleksandr Zinchenko in defence.
Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan, and Bernardo Silva make up the midfield.
Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus are the attacking trio.
Man City’s 5-0 first-leg win was the largest winning margin away from home in Champions League history.
Sporting Lisbon have lost all three of their matches in the Champions League knockout stages.
The Lions are winless in their last seven away games against English opposition in a European competition.
Sporting Lisbon team news
Pedro Goncalves could make a return to the starting line-up after missing the last three matches with a muscular injury.
Aside from Goncalves, the Lions have a full squad available.
Man City team news
Ruben Diaz is out of action due to a hamstring injury – he is expected to be unavailable for four to six weeks.
Nathan Ake is also a doubt after missing the Manchester Derby at the weekend.
Kyle Walker will not appear – he is facing a suspension.
Welcome to Man City vs Sporting Lisbon
Good evening and welcome to SunSport’s coverage of Manchester City vs Sporting Lisbon.
This is the second leg of the Champions League round-of-16 clash.
The Sky Blues have all but guaranteed their place in the quarter-finals after defeating the Lions 5-0 in the first leg at Estádio José Alvalade.
Goals from Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden have given Pep Guardiola’s side an impressive lead.
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