Manchester City’s fate doesn’t lie in their own hands as they seek to sneak into the Champions League knockout phase. Manuel Pellegrini’s will progress should they prevail at Roma and CSKA Moscow fail to beat Bayern Munich but a victory for the Russians eliminates City regardless of what happens in the Italian capital.
All the Premier League champions can do in the Stadio Olimpico though, is go for the victory and they’re 2/1 via Betfred to get it.
However, City’s task has been made that much harder by the absence of Sergio Aguero with a knee injury. The Argentine striker’s form has been central to recent successes and Manchester City are only in with a shout of progressing because of Aguero’s wonderful hat trick against Bayern Munich.
His ability to create chances from nothing will be a huge loss then and although one man doesn’t make a team, the psychological blow Aguero’s injury could cause his side lends appeal to William Hill’s 6/4 about a home win.
Elsewhere, Ladbrokes rate the Serie A outfit at 13/4 to nick it by one, they’re 11/1 at BetVictor to keep the depleted visiting attack at bay to prevail 1-0 and 4/1 (Coral) to register any triumph ‘to nil’.
Roma to beat Man City ‘to nil’ – 4/1 (Coral)