Live on ITV4: Thu 20.05: Man City face a very tricky trip to Kiev and will be well pleased with a draw, a 9/4 shot with Stan James.
Since a 2-0 reverse against Sheriff Tiraspol in the group phase, Dynamo Kiev have been in impressive form in the Europa League, winning five of their subsequent six matches. That run culminated in 4-1 and 4-0 wins against Besiktas in the first knockout round as the Ukrainian side signalled their intent in the competition and as Manchester City head to the Valeri Lobanovsky Stadium, they look set for a rigorous examination. Kiev are slight favs at 13/8 with Betfred.
Roberto Mancini’s men have drawn two and lost one of their last three away matches in Europe and would be happy with a draw in Kiev, just like they were when they went to Aris Salonika in the last round.
They certainly don’t appeal then at 9/5 with Totesport to bring a lead back to Eastlands but they are pretty tough to break down and can again emerge on level terms after the first leg, an outcome chalked up by Stan James at 9/4.
It’s a clash that looks almost certain to produce fewer than 2.5 goals (4/6, Betfred) and indeed it would be no surprise if the deadlock remained unbroken, a result rated by bet365 at 8/1. Punters could therefore aim even lower than 2.5 and back the match at 2/1 courtesy of William Hill produce fewer than 1.5 goals, a wager that covers a 0-0 draw and a 1-0 win either way.