Manuel Pellegrini’s side are strong favourites to beat CSKA Moscow, with bet365 going 3/4 about an away win at the Petrovsky Stadium, with the manager having rested several players for Saturday’s recent 3-1 win away to West Ham.
Pablo Zabaleta and Joleon Lescott should return to the defence for this encounter and it appears that City are starting to build up a head of steam after 3-1 victories against Everton and the Hammers.
Sergio Aguero is starting to fire on all cylinders and the Argentine will be a popular bet at odds of 5/1 (bet365) to score the first of this encounter, although the manager might choose to give Edin Dzeko or Stevan Jovetic a run out instead.
All of City’s forwards are a similar price to break the deadlock although Yaya Toure will be a popular call at double the odds, with bet365 offering an eye-catching 10/1 about the Ivorian breaking the deadlock in Russia.
This is an important European encounter for the English side considering they twice failed to go beyond the group stage with Roberto Mancini, although CSKA are struggling for form at the moment, having won just one of their last seven games.
That was a 3-2 win at home to Viktoria Plzen which is hardly flattering considering City beat the same team 3-0 on their own patch, with the latest reverse coming away to Zenit on Friday when the team were beaten 2-0.
It means that they have failed to score in any of their last five Russian Premier League games and perhaps it might pay to back a City win to nil at odds of 9/4 (Sky Bet) considering their opponents are currently toothless in attack.
A comfortable win for the Citizens will mean they are heavy favourites to reach the knockout stage with Bayern Munich and Pellegrini will be looking for his side to be fast out of the traps. BetVictor online go 9/5 about them leading at half-time and full-time against a side who will be short of confidence for this game.
Zoran Tosic was very briefly at Manchester United and is a 25/1 shot with Betfred to score the first goal of the game, with the only concern about City being that Vincent Kompany will definitely miss this match as he continues to recover from injury.
However, it should still be plain sailing for a team full of goals at the moment, with the 3-0 and 3-1 scorelines looking the ones to be on at odds of 16/1 and 15/1 respectively with BetVictor.
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