Roberto Mancini saw his team thrash FC Porto on Wednesday with the minimum of fuss and is likely to stick with the same set of players that cruised through to the last sixteen of the Europa League, with the Italian needing to guard against complacency.
Very few Premier League accumulators won’t include City this weekend and the best price about a home win is 1/5 (Boylesports free bets), with the home side likely to employ Mario Balotelli in attack with Sergio Aguero.
The bookmakers are taking few chances when it comes to pricing up the Citizens strikers and Aguero is as short as 5/2 to break the deadlock although odds of 10/3 (Betfred) are available if you do want to back him while the same firm has that price about his Italian team-mate.
Blackburn did pull off the shock of the season when winning 3-2 at Old Trafford in December and a victory in this game would surpass that result considering that City can’t complain of an injury list while Rovers were smashed 7-1 at the Emirates in their last away game.
The bookies are prepared to offer 18/1 (Bet Victor free £50 bets) that Steve Kean’s men record an incredible victory and they did win a fortnight ago when beating QPR 3-2, with the Lancashire side racing into a 3-0 lead.
Yakubu was the chief tormentor of Manchester United at Old Trafford and the Nigerian is a shorter price to score the first goal than his team are to win this match. Odds of 14/1 (Ladbrokes) are available that he makes things very interesting by scoring first.