Porto vs Man City preview: Aguero still absent

Team news and stats ahead of FC Porto vs Manchester City in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday (kick-off 8pm). Porto will be without midfielder Marko Grujic, who is suspended after being sent

Porto vs Man City preview: Aguero still absent

Team news and stats ahead of FC Porto vs Manchester City in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday (kick-off 8pm).

Team news

Porto will be without midfielder Marko Grujic, who is suspended after being sent off for two yellow cards against Marseille last week.

Pepe is still struggling with a foot problem and is unlikely to feature against City, while Mouhamed Mbaye (knee) and Mamadou Loum (illness) remain sidelined.

Manchester City will be without record goalscorer Sergio Aguero for the Group C clash.

The striker, who missed Saturday's 5-0 win over Burnley, continues to suffer discomfort in his knee and will remain in Manchester.

Defender Nathan Ake is back in contention after a thigh problem and 19-year-old midfielder Tommy Doyle is included in the travelling squad.

Sergio Aguero in Premier League action vs Arsenal 1:22
Goal reporter Jonathan Smith says Manchester City can get a couple more seasons out of Sergio Aguero and Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez 'fits the bill' as a long-term replacement

Who needs what?

Manchester City are already through but will be confirmed as group winners if they avoid defeat by Porto. Porto will go through if they avoid defeat against City, or if Olympiakos do not beat Marseille.

How to follow

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David Luiz of Arsenal receives medical treatment after a collision with Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers (not pictured) during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2020 in London, England. 0:39
Pep Guardiola says concussion protocols need to be very clear, following David Luiz and Raul Jimenez's clash of heads

Opta stats

  • FC Porto have lost their three previous meetings with Manchester City by an aggregate score of 2-9, conceding at least two goals in each game.
  • Manchester City's only previous away game at FC Porto in European competition came in February 2012, with the Citizens winning 2-1 in the first leg of a Last 32 tie in the UEFA Europa League (they later progressed 6-1 on aggregate).
  • FC Porto are winless in their last five meetings with English teams in the UEFA Champions League (D1 L4), with their last such victory coming against Leicester City back in December 2016 (5-0).
  • Manchester City have only lost one of their previous seven games against Portuguese opponents in European competition (W5 D1), however the defeat in this run came in their most recent away game against a Portuguese side (0-1 v Sporting CP in the UEFA Europa League).
  • FC Porto have won six of their last seven home games in the UEFA Champions League (L1), however the lone defeat in this run did come against another English opponent (1-4 v Liverpool in April 2019). Indeed, the only game the Portuguese side have failed to win in the competition this season was in the reverse fixture versus Manchester City (1-3).
  • Manchester City have won all four of their games in the UEFA Champions League this season, keeping a clean sheet in the most recent three. Pep Guardiola's side have already kept more clean sheets in the competition this season (3) than they did in nine games in the competition last season (2).
  • FC Porto have scored with 25.8% of their shot attempts in the UEFA Champions League this season (8/31) - as of the start of MD5, only Borussia Mönchengladbach have a higher shot conversion rate than them this term (28.6%).
  • Manchester City have made the most high turnovers of any team in the UEFA Champions League this season (37), while they also lead all teams in high turnovers ending in goals (3). Indeed, 30% of their goals in the competition this term have been scored following these actions (3/10).
  • Sergio Agüero has scored 17 goals in his last 20 starts for Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League, while his most recent start in the competition came against FC Porto earlier in this season's competition; scoring City's first goal in a 3-1 win.
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