Manchester City will all but punch their ticket to the knockout stages of the Champions League when they host Young Boys on Matchday 4 on Tuesday evening.
Pep Guardiola’s charges are in ominous form, and they gave their goal difference a stealthy boost over the weekend when they thrashed Bournemouth 6-1, signalling their biggest Premier League victory of the season to date.
However, City’s top marksman Erling Haaland limped off against the Cherries with an injury, and he could be a doubt to face Young Boys.
As far as Young Boys are concerned, they have been accustomed to facing English opposition, and they were previously paired with Manchester United in the Champions League group stages in the 2018/19 campaign, losing both the home and away clashes.
Anyway, the Swiss outfit, who have registered just one point from three Group G games won’t want to roll out the red carpet for City at the Etihad.
But how will this encounter unfold? I have unearthed a couple of tips to accompany the pre-match preview.
Man City to have a comfortable evening
Although a 1-0 defeat away to Arsenal caused some alarm at the start of last month, City have done what they do best and that is to respond like champions by going on a run.
Four wins on the trot in all competitions suggests they are back to their imperious best, and they are in control of their own destiny in Group G.
They are on the precipice of qualifying for the Round of 16, with only RB Leipzig providing an obstacle to them achieving their mission of advancing as group winners.
City have been relatively watertight in the group so far conceding three goals, but intriguingly, they have won all their European matches this season by the same scoreline (3-1).
Guardiola’s troops, nevertheless, have become a formidable force in Europe, and they are unbeaten in 27 Champions League group home matches, a record that stretches back to the 2018/19 season.
Although there are concerns over Haaland, City should possess too much for Young Boys, and they have a bounty of attacking riches at their disposal.
For my first pick, I am swayed by the winning margin line, and I like the sound of City to win by two goals, which is available at 11/4 with Paddy Power.
Jeremy Doku to cap off a fine evening
Judging by his exceptional display against Bournemouth, Jeremy Doku has done more than enough to merit a starting berth.
Although he’s only 21 years old, the winger represents the future for City, and aside from his end product, his turn of pace is extraordinary.
Four assists and a goal against Cherries was a sublime afternoon’s work, and while he’s usually brought on late in the game to tire out defenders, he could run rings around Young Boys.
He netted in stoppage time against Leipzig last month, and I think he will make an impact once again.
To wrap things up, I fancy Doku to score the last goal of the game which is paying out at odds of 6/1 with bet365.