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Champions League
Champions League
Wednesday 21 October 2020
Kickoff at 20:00 BST
Etihad Stadium, Ashton New Rd, Manchester M11 3FF
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All you need to know ahead of our opening Champions League Group C clash against FC Porto....

When and where

City host the Portuguese outfit on Wednesday 21 October, with kick-off at 20:00 (UK).

The game will be televised live on BT Sport in the UK. Fans living abroad should check out our global TV listings to find out how you can tune in wherever you are in the world.

You can also follow all the action in our Matchday Centre here on and on Twitter: @ManCity, whilst a full-match replay will be available to watch on CITY+ from midnight onwards.

Team news

Oleksandr Zinchenko is fit again and is available for selection.

Kevin De Bruyne, Aymeric Laporte, Gabriel Jesus and Benjamin Mendy remain side-lined with injury.

Last meeting

The pair have only met twice competitively - in the knock-out stages of the 2011/12 Europa League campaign.

City booked our place in the last 16 with a 4-0 triumph over Porto, securing a 6-1 victory on aggregate.

The hosts raced into a dream start, as Sergio Aguero opened the scoring after just 19 seconds.

Edin Dzeko doubled the advantage with 14 minutes remaining before Rolando was sent off for the visitors - and City bagged two more goals late on through David Silva and David Pizarro.

Champions League
1 Manchester City Man City 6 5 1 0 13 1 12 16 WWWWW
2 FC Porto FC Porto 6 4 1 1 10 3 7 13 WWLLW
3 Olympiakos Olympiakos 6 1 0 5 2 10 -8 3 LLLLL

Form guide

City head into the clash in fine spirits, following Saturday's 1-0 win over Arsenal.

Since the start of the 2020/21 campaign, Pep Guardiola's men have won four, drawn one and lost one.

Porto go into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw at Sporting CP, having fallen to a 3-2 defeat at home to CS Maritimo in their previous match.

Prior to that, they had registered three consecutive wins, including a 5-0 triumph at Boavista.

Match Programme

Get the Man City v FC Porto match programme online for free. Guest columns from Kevin Cummings and Marc Riley, as well as Pep's notes, the Buzzword with Mike Summerbee and a look at our opponents, FC Porto.

Manager preview:

Pep Guardiola

It was important to win [on Saturday against Arsenal] for our preparation for the Champions League and after West Ham.
To start the routine of winning games is important.
WATCH: Guardiola: City close to making Champions League progress

Match officials

Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant referees: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA), Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Fourth official: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
Video Assistant Referee: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)


  • This is City's tenth UEFA Champions League campaign - we have been involved in the group stage every season since 2011/12 and have reached the Round of 16 in seven successive campaigns.
  • 's men have scored 35 goals in our last 13 Champions League matches - over the last two seasons, our record

    is W13 D3 L3 with 51 goals scored and 21 conceded.

  • City are unbeaten in eight home European matches (W7 D1) since a 2-1 loss against Lyon on Matchday 1 in 2018/19.
  • This is Porto's 24th Champions League group campaign - fewer only than Real Madrid and Barcelona (both 25). The Portuguese side have qualified for the last 16 on each of their last three appearances in the group stage.


  • Porto have lost three of their last four matches in the Champions League proper (W1) but are unbeaten in nine games in the competition's group stage (W7 D2), winning their last four.
  • Conceição's side won the club's eighth domestic double in 2019/20, claiming Porto's 29th league title and a 17th Portuguese Cup.
  • The Portuguese side have not scored on their last seven visits to England, conceding 15 goals, and have never won there. Their most recent trip was a 2-0 loss at Liverpool in the 2018/19 quarter-final first leg; a 4-1 home reverse in the second leg made it one win in Porto's last seven matches against Premier League clubs, home and away (D1 L5).
  • Coaches Guardiola and Sérgio Conceição were on opposite sides once in their playing careers, with Conceição's Internazionale recording a 2-1 home win against Brescia on 14 April 2002, despite Guardiola's first-half penalty.

Further Reading

Trio of guests for Porto matchday show

Paul Dickov, Richard Dunne and Shaun Wright-Phillips will be the guests on the We’re Not Really Here matchday show when Manchester City face Porto. Read more >

Sterling excited to embrace Champions League challenge

Raheem Sterling says he and his City colleagues are eager to embrace the challenge of the Champions League ahead of Wednesday’s opening Group C game against FC Porto. Read more >

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