Manchester City sit top of the Premier League after securing 22 points from their first 8 matches, scoring 27 goals in the process and they look like genuine title contenders this season.
However, it is a different story in the Champions League where City stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Napoli and then lost 2-0 away to Bayern Munich which means that Tuesday’s match against Villarreal is a must-win fixture if the Citizens are to scramble out of Group A and into the knockout stage.
With Napoli playing Bayern, it is an ideal chance to close the gap on the top two and Manchester City are hot favourites to beat Villarreal, with bet365 (£200 free bets) offering 3/10 that the home side secure victory.
Mancini will hope that Aguero recovers from the injury sustained at Blackburn a couple of weeks ago, with the Argentine available at 4/1 (William Hill – £25 free betting) to score the first goal of the game, although it is virtually certain that Samir Nasri and David Silva will return to the starting line-up.
Villarreal will also be looking at this fixture as a last chance saloon sort of game for their Champions League prospects considering that Bayern won at El Madrigal before they lost 3-0 in Naples three weeks ago.
The Yellow Submarine are a massive 11/1 to claim victory at Eastlands and it could be a nervy City performance given that the players will be under pressure to deliver. The draw is a 4/1 chance although Mancini’s men should really prove too strong.
You can get as big as 16/1 that City win by a 4-0 scoreline, although the home supporters will happily take a scrappy 1-0, while the 13/10 with Paddy Power about a City win to nil looks tasty.