Manchester City haven’t exactly made a flying start to their Champions League campaign, taking just one point from their opening two matches in what is a tough-looking pool. However, Roberto Mancini’s troops have to be fancied to collect their first maximum haul in the competition as they entertain Villareal.
The Spanish outfit have lost both of their Group A matches while their domestic form hasn’t been much better, Juan Carlos Garrido’s charges having won just one of their opening seven in La Liga. City look a banker then at just 1/3 via Betfred to inflict another defeat on El Submarino Amarillo, Coral’s 10/1 outsiders and as the visitors have yet to find the net, it’s worth boosting the odds for a home success by backing the hosts to prevail ‘to nil’ at 5/4 with Ladbrokes.
William Hill chalk 6/1 against Mancini’s men notching twice without reply at a slightly heftier 7/1 (Paddy Power) is an opening goal from Samir Nasri. The Frenchman bagged six Champions League goals in total for Arsenal and will be champing at the bit having been rested for City’s Premiership clash against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Over in Romania, rate Manchester United at 2/9 to emerge victorious at the expense of Otelul Galati. Relatively unknown outside of their home country, the hosts were expected to be the Group C whipping boys but have lost by just one goal in each of their first two games. Nevertheless, last season’s finalists are impossible to oppose and like City, they should combine a victory with a clean sheet, an outcome Skybet chalk up at 10/11.
In attack meanwhile, it remains to be seen how much game time Wayne Rooney will get as Sir Alex Ferguson casts an eye towards Sunday’s Manchester derby clash so Danny Welbeck is the eye catching first scorer flutter at 4/1 (Boylesports). However for the brave, the United striker can be doubled up with Samir Nasri in Blue Square’s ‘anytime scorer’ market at over 5/1.