When and Where: The Europa League round-of-16 first-leg match kicks off at 1 p.m. ET. You can watch the game on DirecTV. If you're in the U.K., the match will be streaming on ITV4.com.
Preview: Following their impressive 6-1 aggregate win over Porto in the last round, Manchester City travel back to Portugal for their Europa League round-of-16 tie against Sporting Lisbon.
Despite their battle with Manchester United for the Barclays Premier League title looking likely to go all the way to the wire, manager Roberto Mancini has fielded a strong lineup in the competition so far. And that trend looks like continuing against Sporting.
Sporting overcame Polish side Legia Warsaw 3-2 in the last round, but are having a disappointing season in the league. Ricardo Sa Pinto's side currently lie 14 points behind Portuguese Liga leaders Porto, in fourth place. To underline their inconsistency this season, Sporting lost 1-0 at relegation-threatened Setubal on Saturday.
Team News: Mancini rested star-men Sergio Aguero and David Silva against Bolton at the weekend and both players look likely to come back into the team against Sporting.
Midfielder Yaya Toure will miss out, though, through suspension. Pablo Zabaleta will likewise not be involved as he remains on the injury list, although Micah Richards could be fit to replace the Argentinian. Carlos Tevez is still some way off making a first-team comeback, despite his run-out for the reserves earlier this week.
The big team news for Sporting is that their top scorer Ricky van Wolfswinkel has been ruled through injury. Uruguayan Sebastian Ribas is expected to come in to replace the Dutchman.
Prediction: It is hard not to see City taking back a positive result back to Manchester. The quality that they have in attack with Silva and Aguero pulling the strings should be far too much for Sporting and they will fancy their chances of at least matching the 2-1 victory they got last they were in Portugal, against Porto.
Sporting Lisbon 0-2 Manchester City