Dynamo Kiev v Man City Betting Preview

Interestingly the game is likely to be played in conditions below freezing, which may not suit the likes of the petulant Mario Balotelli or the sometimes volatile Carlos Tevez.

Dynamo Kiev and Manchester City meet for the first ever time on Thursday evening in what could be a particularly tricky fixture for Roberto Mancini's 'tired' squad.

The Citizens will once again be without Kolo Toure who is suspended from all football as the investigation continues into his failed drug test. Adam Johnson remains sidelined and James Milner is rated doubtful at best, but City should have Shaun Wright-Phillips and Nigel de Jong available having both recovered from injury.

Yuri Semen has no fresh injury concerns after Saturdays 2-0 victory over Metalurg Donetsk. Former AC Milan and Chelsea star Andriy Shevchenko will welcome Mancini and company to Kiev.

Kiev should give City food for thought

Mancini's men travel to Ukraine on the back of some rather uninspiring domestic form. City have only claimed victory twice in their last six league games and have not won away from Eastlands in their previous four on the road.

Their away form in Europe recently has also been below par. City laboured away to Aris Salonika in their last European trip and have not won in their last three on the road in this competition. Interestingly the game is likely to be played in conditions below freezing, which may not suit the likes of the petulant Mario Balotelli or the sometimes volatile Carlos Tevez.

Semen's team, on the other hand, have only been defeated once in their last 16 games and have not been beaten at the Valeri Lobanovskyi Stadium in Europe since Barcelona defeated them 2-1 in December 2009 en route to the Champions League trophy.

The Bilo-Syni also thrashed Besiktas 8-1 on aggregate in the previous round meaning, like City, they have only lost once in the competition so far.

With City struggling for fitness and form and the additional issue of the freezing conditions it may pay to take a chance on the Ukrainian's at betting odds of 6/4.

Up and Artem

Despite boasting the formerly-world-class Shevchenko within their ranks it is the 6ft 3ins Artem Milevskiy whom City will have to be wary of. The striker has five Europa League goals to his name already and he is likely to play in front of the former Chelsea striker. You can back the big Ukrainian International to net his sixth strike of the competition first at odds of 15/2.

Mancini spoke of Tevez needing a rest in the media this week but whatever strike force the Italian fields is likely to strike fear into the opposition. Edin Dzeko has struggled to find his best form since his January move but did score twice in the previous round and is a reasonable 15/8 to net at anytime. David Silva has scored three in his last seven and has netted at this stadium before. The Spaniard can backed at 4/1 in the same market.

City have averaged a goal a game on their European travels this season and despite Kiev netting eight in the last round City are likely to provide a much sterner defensive challenge than Besiktas so backing under 1.5 goals at 2/1 may be the sensible option.

With the Europa League being one of two competitions City can realistically win it is likely that Mancini will be taking this game seriously. However, with a tiring squad and a Champions League place yet to be secured he may soon have to prioritise.

Written By:- Jaymes Monte (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 09/03/2011 - 21:06 PM
Filed in:- Europa League Betting News, Manchester City

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