A good time to be playing Manchester City? Roberto Mancini didn’t expect to be spending Wednesday and Thursday having to deal with a problem player, although Carlos Tevez’s unprecedented decision not to come off the bench and play in Munich has created a turbulent week for all concerned.
Mancini will be glad to have a game so quickly after City’s 2-0 defeat at Bayern, with the match at Ewood Park a perfect chance to bounce back from their European setback and the visitors are strong favourites at 8/13 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to continue putting the heat on Manchester United with a victory.
Tevez is obviously not in contention for a starting berth and it will be interesting to see whether Edin Dzeko starts against Rovers after the Bosnian’s hissy-fit after being substituted on Tuesday. The forward is a 9/2 chance (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to open the scoring, while the dangerous Sergio Aguero can be backed at 4/1.
Blackburn won their last home match which was against Arsenal so they will clearly feel as though they have the potential to spring a surprise in this game, although that 4-3 victory saw their defence regularly carved up and the same thing happened at Newcastle on the way to a 3-1 defeat.
Steve Kean’s men will hope to catch City having an off day and can be backed at 11/2 for a much-needed victory, although they might find the visitors too strong and fired up after the midweek setback. Boylesports offer a stand-out 6/4 that Mancini’s men lead at half-time and full-time, while a stern defence can help them win to nil at odds of 19/10 (Coral).