A victory for Manchester City at Napoli will take Roberto Mancini’s men through to the group stage of the Champions League but if the Premiership leaders fail to collect a maximum haul they will need a result against an excellent Bayern Munich side in the final match in Group A and that’s a scenario they will be desperate to avoid.
After some unconvincing performances, Mancini’s charges looked to be finding their feet in the competition in the 3-0 victory at Villareal last time out and William Hill make City 11/10 to grab their third straight European success in the Stadio San Paolo.
Nevertheless, the hosts will make life difficult for the visitors, who are 14/5 with Stan James to nick it by one and bet365 offer 13/2 for City to grab the game’s only goal. Back in his homeland meanwhile, in-form Mario Balotelli will be keen to make an impact and he’s 6/1 via Paddy Power to break the deadlock.
At Old Trafford, bet365 make Manchester United 1/2 to book their place in the next phase of the competition by beating Benfica, Boylesports’ 13/2 outsiders. On home soil, Sir Alex Ferguson’s should have the upper hand but a close contest looks inevitable and the best bet is arguably Sportingbet’s 6/1 for a 1-0 United success, a scoreline they’re becoming pretty familiar with.