We have seen three Premier League matches finish in a goalless draw, although surely the same thing won’t happen in the game at Eastlands on Monday night, where newly-promoted Swansea try to stop Manchester City in their tracks.
Roberto Mancini knows that this is the season where his team have to mount a title challenge, although the squad is far from ideal going into this game, with the wantaway Carlos Tevez unavailable and the match also comes too soon for Sergio Aguero.
Meanwhile, Samir Nasri certainly won’t arrive in time for a contest which the bookmakers make Manchester City the 3/10 favourites (William Hill – £25 free bet). It will be a match where Edin Dzeko will have a chance to prove his worth, while Mario Balotelli should also feature in attack.
The Italian has been a headline maker ever since arriving in England and he really owes a debt to his manager and the City supporters for embarrassing the club. The opening goal of this match would be a start and you can get 4/1 (bet365 – £200 free betting) that he breaks the deadlock against the team’s Welsh opponents.
Swansea won’t regard this as a bad opening fixture, with City clearly not completely ready for the new campaign and looking off colour for much of their Community Shield defeat against Manchester United.
The Swans are 12/1 (bet365) to claim victory and 5/1 to come away with a draw which would be a tremendous confidence booster for the remainder of the campaign. There are some bright attacking players within Brendan Rodgers’ squad and that includes Scott Sinclair and Danny Graham.
The bookmakers are expecting a few goals on Monday night, with Paddy Power going 4/7 that there are Over 2.5 Goals and a 3-0 win to the home side is 15/2 with Coral.