Dynamo Kiev v Manchester City betting tips – Goals at premium in Ukraine
Manchester City make the trip to Ukraine in search of a win on Wednesday evening
February 23rd, 2016
Not much seems to be going right for Manchester City this season. They may be looking forward to a Wembley appearance courtesy of the Capital One Cup but elsewhere in their domestic campaign, things are far from rosy.
Following defeats to Leicester City and Spurs, they have fallen to fourth in the Premier League table and now sit six points adrift of the table-topping Foxes and four points behind Spurs and Arsenal. A 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea resulted in them waving goodbye to the FA Cup last weekend, although manager Manuel Pellegrini blamed the defeat on the fact that the game was played on a Sunday, other than the fact that he fielded an inexperienced side.
“We were forced to select that team, we couldn’t play another day and didn’t have any more fit players,” the City boss said to BBC Sport after the defeat. “If we play on Saturday, it is better for us, then we play in the Champions League for England. We did the correct thing and made the right decision. The club tried everything possible to try and play it at a different time. We do not think the Champions League is more important than the FA Cup, but we had no choice.”
Pellegrini claims that he afford the FA Cup the same importance as the Champions League, however his team selection would perhaps tell us otherwise. City need to avoid defeat in this match, although we’re not too confident about their chances on Wednesday given that they haven’t been enjoying any decent form away from home recently. Indeed, they won twice in their three group away games but they have triumphed just five times away from the Etihad Stadium in their last twelve Premier League outings on the road, although they did manage to reach the final of the Capital One Cup following their 3-1 victory in the second leg of the semi-final against Everton.
We’re not predicting that City will lose on Wednesday but we’re not going to back them to win either with a stalemate looking like the most likely outcome in Ukraine. This would provide the Citizens with a decent enough result, given that they have the home leg still to play, however you’re not exactly going to get rich by backing Manchester City/Draw on the double chance market at 10/29 with 888sport. Instead we would recommend that you go for under 2.5 goals at 10/11 with Sky Bet.
Pellegrini’s men scored five times in their group stage away games, although they haven’t been finding the back of the net too many times away from home this season with thirteen in the Premier League. Dynamo possess a solid enough defence and this should result in few goals in this clash.
Our other recommendation is to back Both Teams to Score – No, at Evens with William Hill. Both of these teams know that they just need to win over two legs and as such, few risks will be taken, especially by City. Expect goals to be at a premium.