It’s fair to say that things didn’t go according to plan for Manchester City in the Champions League last season but having appointed Manuel Pellegrini as manager, they’re hoping to be a touch more competitive as they take on Europe’s elite this season.
First up for City is a trip to the Czech Republic to face Viktoria Plzen and it’s just 3/4 at BetVictor for them to return with all three points.
The hosts however, are particularly strong at home, where they have won ten of their last eleven European games and as City have lost five out of six matches on the road in the Champions Leagu/e, it might not quite be as straightforward as the odds suggest.
Nevertheless, Pellegrini’s charges should just about have enough quality to sneak it in the Doosan Arena, where they’re 9/1 at William Hill to grab the only goal and 14/5 with Ladbrokes to come out on top by a solitary goal.
In attack, Sergio Aguero could be recalled after starting on the bench against Stoke at the weekend and the Argentine front man is a 6/1 shot courtesy of William Hill to break the deadlock.
Man City to beat Viktoria Plzen 1-0 – 9/1 (William Hill)