A fixture-list quirk brings the Cup finalists together in the League already and buoyant City are the ones who can come out on top.
Despite the closeness of the scoreline, Manchester City were fairly dominant in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Stoke and Roberto Mancini’s men can come out on top again as the pair renew hostilities in the league at Eastlands.
City are 888Sport’s 1/2 favourites to land the three points and the way Mancini’s troops nullified the Potters’ physical threat at Wembley suggests that they should justify that quote, especially as they now have third place in their sights.
At the weekend, Tony Pulis’ men barely tested Joe Hart in the Manchester City goal and it would be no surprise to see the hosts hold firm at the back again given their outstanding defensive record on their own patch. A City triumph ‘to nil’ at 13/10 with Totesport is a distinct possibility then and the ambitious can back Betfred’s 11/2 for the home side to notch twice without reply.
Meanwhile, Carlos Tevez looked to be back to full fitness in the cup final and with that match under his belt, the City striker can be even more of a danger in this one; he’s even money at Paddy Power to get on the scoresheet at any time.
Manchester City to win ‘to nil’ – 13/10 (Totesport)