City expected to reign in Spain
After the two London clubs let us down last night in the Champions League, we’ll put our faith in those friendly northerners as we go in search of a few quid.
November 2nd, 2011
Manchester City and Manchester United are both in action tonight, with City needing three points tonight if they are to keep in the hunt for the knock-out stages.
With Bayern Munich hosting Napoli in the other Group A clash, City could take a real step forward to the second round with a success tonight at Villarreal, if only they could replicate their league form in Europe.
Mancini’s men have so far struggled on their Champions League debut, with a home draw against Napoli, a comprehensive defeat in Munich and a fortuitous 2-1 win over tonight’s opponents putting them third in the group.
So City’s stars head to Spain needing a win but in truth, they couldn’t be playing Villarreal at a better time. The home side, who have struggled in La Liga all season, are without top scorer Giuseppe Rossi, Nilmar, Christian Zapata, Marco Ruben, Ruben Cani and Marco Senna for tonight’s clash, ripping the entire spine out of the side.
City have won their last six, scoring 24 goals in the process, and we’re expecting a good win for the visitors tonight. City to win to-nill at 15/8 with BlueSQ is our call.
Closer to home, we’re expecting a good win for Manchester United at home to Otelul Galati.
United laboured to a 2-0 success in Bucharest a fortnight ago but, given that trips to Eastern Europe are never looked forward to with relish by English sides, we can forgive that. We expect United to be freed from shackles at home to pressure the visitors.
Sir Alex Ferguson isn’t really in a position to rest many of his stars either, with United two points behind Benfica and only one ahead of Basel. He’s also got some changes forced upon him, with Nemanja Vidic suspended and Smalling, Giggs and Young all injured.
With that in mind, we’re happy to back a big Man Utd win and take up United -2.25 on the Asian handicap. The price isn’t fantastic, at a best of 83/100 with Stan James, but value is hard to come by in this clash.
If you want to make it more exciting, consider Danny Welbeck at 4/1 with Boylesports to score first. The England striker has opened the scoring three times already this season and, although we’re not yet certain whether the youngster will start, it seems a good price given that Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen are also at 4s.You’ve also got the bonus of Boylesports’ first goalscorer cash-back offer, which will earn you a stake refund if Welbeck doesn’t score first but does score second.
Villarreal vs Manchester City: Man City to win to-nill – 15/8 (BlueSQ)
Manchester United vs Otelul Galati: Man United -2.5 Asian Handicap – 83/100 (Stan James)
Manchester United vs Otelul Galati: Danny Welbeck to score first – 4/1 (Boylesports)