Porto impasse for Citizens

The Citizens have only scored four goals in their last seven away league games

Premier League leaders Manchester City travel to Portugal this week to take on FC Porto at Estadio do Dragao in the first leg of the last-32 in the Europa League. Both sides were eliminated from the Champions League during the group stages and will battle it out for a place in the last-16. 

Marc Janko and Lucho Gonzalez are both ineligible for the hosts having played in European competition earlier this season for FC Twente and Marseille respectively. Long-term absentee Emidio Rafael is unavailable through injury while Brazilian striker Kleber is also a doubt. Central defender Nicolas Otamendi is suspended.

Vitor Pereira’s side are unbeaten at home in all competitions since February last year but the reigning Europa League and Portuguese League champions currently find themselves five points behind Benfica at the top of the domestic table.

Yaya Toure and Kolo Toure have returned from international duty with the Ivory Coast and both may be named in Roberto Mancini’s squad. Mario Balotelli is also available having been suspended for the last four domestic matches. Despite Carlos Tevez’s recent return to training, he will not feature as he has not been registered in City’s Europa League squad

The Citizens have only scored four goals in their last seven league games away from the Etihad Stadium, and they are up against a side that has conceded just 12 goals in 18 league games this campaign. William Hill offer odds of 10/11 for fewer than 2.5 goals to be scored during the game.

Much will depend on Roberto Mancini’s team selection but his squad’s strength in depth should be enough for the Citizens to give a good account of themselves, particularly in light of the fact that they will not have a game this weekend following their third round FA Cup exit. Although City’s personnel would strike fear into many of Europe’s top clubs, the fact remains that the Europa League is not their priority this season. Against a side with a highly impressive home record, a draw would represent an excellent return and odds of 23/10 are hard to resist. A 1-1 scoreline is available at 6/1 with Ladbrokes.

Recommended Bets:

Back a draw @ 23/10 with Bet 365

Back under 2.5 goals @ 10/11 with William Hill

Written By:- Louise Clarke (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 16/02/2012 - 11:55 AM
Filed in:- Europa League Betting News, Manchester City