Etihad Stadium makes way for another interesting Group E match where Manchester City have to win against AS Roma in order to keep a grip on the qualification places. The English champions are doing quite well in Premier League, but they lost their opening match against Bayern Munich, and now look towards the match against Roma as means to be better in front of their own supporters.
AS Roma have won all their matches in Serie A, have conceded only once, but the Citizens have a purpose and are playing on home grounds. Rudi Garcia stated that, “All the pressure is on them. They need to get a result at their home ground.” Roma played without Daniele De Rossi, sidelined with injury, but City have been without Nasri, even if Toure has been displaying a good form. City come from scoring 11 goals in just two matches, but the players know it won’t be that easy with Roma.
Should this match finish in a draw, at 3.75 with Ladbrokes, the Citizens will find themselves on the third place in the group, which will work against them in the long run. Manuel Pellegrini stated his side would not drop anymore points in Europe. Joe Hart will be called up to the squad once again, after the last two matches saw caballero in the goal for City. Sergio Aguero and Edin Dezko should be your choices for the goalscorer market, and the good news from the Citizen’s camp comes from Jovetic who is set to make a return to the squad.
Francesco Totti did not manage to score or win any match in his last several visits to England, and Leandro Castran is sidelined for this match with a neck problem, which will see him join Iturbe and Astori on the unavailable list for the visitors.
An outright Man City win is at 1.66 odds with Ladbrokes, A Roma one at 5.00 and Sergio Aguero to score first is at 5.50. Both teams to score at 1.72, a goal line of +1,5 at 2,04 and Manchester City for both halves at 2.45. AS Roma for both halves is at 8.00 odds, while we’re betting 7 units on Roma winning either half at 2.75 with Ladbrokes.
Manchester City: Team’s Formation
AS Roma: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
AS Roma to win either half
Result: -8 units, bet lost
Result: -5 units, bet lost
La Liga is up with a good number of interesting games for your bets this weekend and one of them is the Real Sociedad vs Valencia one. Looking at the odds from several bookmakers you will notice that there is no obvious winner, in fact, some of them give the same odds to both teams despite the places they have on the table.
Real Sociedad produced one of this year’s greatest upsets as they managed to win with 4-2 against a Real Madrid that just did not see that blow coming. The downside to the win was the fact that Sociedad kind of crashed after that, and summed up two consecutive defeats that sent them on the 13th place on the Primera Division table. The most recent result, a 1-0 loss against Sevilla set their goal difference to -1, and send them to the match against Valencia with hopes of continuing their good streak of winning matches against them, that continues since 2011.
Upon returning to training, Sociedad had almost all players on the field, including Carlos Vela. Geronimo Rulli is undergoing personalized training session after his recent surgery and Carlos Martinez missed practice due to abdomen pains. Valencia do not have injury scares and Alvaro Negredo is the only one still missing from the squad.
Valencia won against Cordoba with 3-0 with Otamendi and Mustafi in great form that kept the defense line in check. Feghouli is that one player Sociedad needs to be afraid of, as his partnership with Andre Gomez is what brings the goals for the visitors. Piatti is much faster that Sociedad’s midfield, and if they let him pass, their already frail defense will concede again.
Bet365 gives both teams 2.62 for an outright win, as well as for either team winning both halves, the odds are 4.00. Both teams to score is at 1.61, Paco Alcacer as an anytime goalscorer is at 3.00, same odds as Rodrigo Moreno. Over 1.5 goals in the first half goes for 2.62 and we’re betting 8 units on both teams to score in the second half at 3.00 with Bet365.
Real Sociedad: Team’s Formation
Valencia: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Both teams to score in the second half