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Pep Guardiola and his men are back in European action on Tuesday night. Photo: PA Wire

Pep Guardiola and his men are back in European action on Tuesday night. Photo: PA Wire

Pep Guardiola and his men are back in European action on Tuesday night. Photo: PA Wire

The Champions League is back and Manchester City continue on their journey to win their Holy Grail.

Pep Guardiola’s side have to overcome Portuguese Primeira Liga champions Sporting Lisbon, who are second in the table after a draw with leaders Porto on Friday.

City are on a 12-match unbeaten streak, 11 of which have been victories, as they seek trophies on three fronts this term.

The Premier League leaders won 4-0 at the weekend against Norwich and were able to rest a few players in the process, as they turn attention to success in Europe.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of tonight’s last-16 first leg.

When is the match?

The game kicks off at 8pm on Tuesday 15 February at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon.

Where can I watch?

The game will be shown live on RTÉ2 and will also be available on RTÉ Player to stream. Coverage stars at 7.30pm.

All Champions League matches are broadcast live on BT Sport. This game will be on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate. Subscribers can stream the game via the BT Sport app and desktop website.

What is the team news?

Pote is a major doubt for Sporting after he missed the draw with Porto on Friday night. He has been a key player this term and is likely to come straight back into the side if recovered, even if a full game is beyond him. Domestic suspensions don’t count in Europe, which is just as well as Sporting had three sent-off against their rivals.

Man City will be without right-back Kyle Walker, who is suspended for both legs of this tie. Jack Grealish, who missed the Norwich game, will miss the first leg, though he may not have started anyway with Raheem Sterling having netted a hat-trick at the weekend and competition for places fierce.

Predicted line-ups

Sporting Lisbon - Adan, Inacio, Coates, Feddal, Porro, Nunes, Palhinha, Reis, Pote, Sarabia, Paulinho

Man City - Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Laporte, Rodri, Silva, De Bruyne, Jesus, Mahrez, Sterling

Odds

Sporting 23/2

Draw 5/1

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Prediction

Man City to open up a first-leg lead..A big step forward for Pep and co. Sporting 1-2 Man City.

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