Usurping Bayern Munich could be a tall order considering that the champions of Europe have won all four of their matches including a 3-1 triumph at the Etihad Stadium, although the teams will meet again at the Allianz Arena where the Premier League team will have their chance to wreak revenge.
As for Wednesday night’s game, Ladbrokes bookie are the only firm to go 2/11 about a home win, with Joe Hart set to return to the starting line-up after spending the last few City games on the bench.
Costel Pantilimon has done himself proud in place of the England stopper, although Pellegrini confirmed that Hart will get a chance to win back his spot between the sticks, with just six months between now and the 2014 World Cup.
Not that Hart will have too much to do against a team who have lost all their Champions League group games to date, with City having triumphed 3-0 in the Czech Republic thanks to goals from Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero.
Aguero is on fire at the moment although the Argentine might have the night off considering that he’s played so much football recently, with Dzeko having scored in two of his last three City games and the Bosnian is clearly an able understudy.
Bet365 offer an eye-catching 9/2 about Dzeko scoring the first of this encounter, while Yaya Toure is also a best price 15/2 with the Stoke firm and we might expect City to score a hatful of goals considering how prolific they have been at home this season.
Bayern dealt a 5-0 thrashing to Plzen and the same scoreline is a 19/1 chance with BetVictor, with Pellegrini’s men having run riot against Tottenham on Sunday when running up a 6-0 scoreline.
Jesus Navas was one of the architects of that particular victory and the Spaniard looks overpriced at 15/1, with City looking a pretty safe bet at odds of even money with Coral to claim victory without conceding a goal in this match.
In addition to Hart returning to the first team, we might see Micah Richards and Joleon Lescott get a run out, while James Milner and Javi Garcia should also get their chance to stake a claim in the first team.
Viktoria Plzeň are as big as 18/1 to claim a surprise victory in England and 8/1 to secure a draw although the chances of them getting something from the game look remote against such in-form opponents, at least when it comes to playing matches on home soil.
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