Manchester City v Dynamo Kiev Betting Odds

On his first return to English shores Shevchenko will feel that he has something to prove.

Manchester City face an uphill task when Ukrainian champions Dynamo Kiev visit Eastlands this Thursday evening.

Roberto Mancini's side were given a lesson in how to play European football at the Valeri Lobanovski Stadium last week and need to overturn a two-goal deficit to avoid elimination from the Europa League.

City are still without the suspended Kolo Toure but James Milner could return to take up a place on the bench. Shay Given is definitely unavailable and both Patrick Viera and Nigel de Jong are doubtful while Adam Johnson has earmarked the weekend game against Chelsea for his comeback.

City to Throw Caution to the Wind

City will need to showcase all of their attacking strength this Thursday and adopt a style of play that they are not synonymous with to keep their European hopes alive; a scenario that should lead to an interesting and entertaining fixture for the neutrals.

In the last Europa League game at Eastlands Mancini put down a marker by naming Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez in his starting XI. Although he subsequently warned the fans that the trio playing in tandem would not be a common occurrence he may be forced into considering that option here. At the very least we can expect two of the three to play with David Silva in behind.

City need to lead by three clear goals in 90 minutes to progress to the next round or a 2-0 victory would send the tie into extra time. Any other victory by two goals would see the Ukrainians go through on the away goal ruling. At odds of 2/1 to progress to the quarter-finals the Citizens are truly up against it here.

A Man With a Point to Prove

There is one player who will be relishing this Thursday evening's game perhaps a little more then the rest. Andriy Shevchenko's career took a nosedive when he made a £30million move from AC Milan to Chelsea in 2006. From one of the most feared strikers in European football when he arrived he finished his stay in London by tearing up the final year of his £5m-a-year-deal at Stamford Bridge in order to return to the Ukraine on a free transfer. On his first return to English shores he will feel that he has something to prove.

It was Shevchenko who set the ball rolling in the first leg by scoring the first of the game and he can be backed to do so again at generous odds of 9/1. It is 3/1 that he scores at anytime in the game.

Kiev are expected to come to Manchester and shut up shop. Hardened by years of European experience it may not be a bad ploy as they look to defend their well-earned two-goal lead. But, as City apply the pressure, chances to counter-attack will inevitability materialise and that is where the visitors can prosper.

Scoring just once should be enough to see Kiev progress and the game will open up more and more as the clock ticks down. Over 2.5 goals at betting odds of 4/5 may seem short for a fixture involving the notoriously defensive City, but the circumstances suggest otherwise.

Being forced to come out of their defensive shell may be a blessing in disguise for City and the balance of the tie is certain to produce an enthralling evening of football at Eastlands.

Written By:- Dean McHugh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 16/03/2011 - 17:41 PM
Filed in:- Europa League Betting News, Manchester City

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