The Pot 3 team and the Pot 4 team that everyone wanted to avoid meet at Eastlands on Wednesday, with Manchester City making their inevitable bow in the Champions League after assembling a squad that are actually fourth favourites to win the competition this season.
The draw has not been kind to Roberto Mancini’s team, considering that they have to play Bayern Munich and Villarreal, although the bookmakers are expecting the Citizens to enjoy a winning start and you can bet no bigger than 2/5 (Paddy Power – £100 free bets) about the home side collecting the points.
City have come out of the traps flying this term, scoring goals for fun in games against Swansea, Tottenham, Bolton and Wigan. After being rested against the latter on Saturday, we are likely to see Edin Dzeko back in the side for this game and the Bosnian is a 9/2 chance (William Hill – £25 free betting) to break the deadlock for his team.
Sergio Aguero has required little time to adjust to life in the Premier League after scoring five goals in three and a bit games, with the Argentine at 9/2 on the First Goalscorer market and his compatriot Carlos Tevez can also be taken at similar odds.
Napoli finished third last season to earn a place in this season’s Champions League and Walter Mazzarri’s team enjoyed a morale-boosting victory at Cesena on Saturday which suggests that they will not be an easy team to beat on Wednesday. They can be backed at 9/1 to dent the City bandwagon and there might be a few nerves on display.
Ezequiel Lavezzi is their Argentine striker that will be hoping to outshine his compatriots in the opposition team, with Edinson Cavani also a big scoring threat and the Uruguayan can be backed at 9/1 to score the first goal.
Perhaps we will see the goals flying in at both ends considering that both teams are now attack-minded and Over 2.5 Goals can be backed at 4/5 with Stan James.