Goals Expected At The Etihad
Back Both Teams To Score
Manchester City play host to AS Roma at the Etihad this evening and Matt Le Tissier has a football betting tip for the Champions League Group E clash.
City had much more of the ball before being reduced to 10 men against Chelsea and perhaps could have pushed for a win with a full quota, but they had no trouble routing Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup last week. The Citizens were done by a late winner away to Bayern Munich in their opening Group E game and head into this match on the back of a 2-4 win at Hull in the Premier League. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have gathered a little bit of momentum and he’ll want that to continue this evening, but he may look to make changes at the back after new signing Eliaquim Mangala had a bit of a shocker against Hull.
Where City are getting up to full speed, Roma have been in cruise control for a number of weeks now. Rudi Garcia’s side have a 100% record in Serie A after opening the season with five successive victories and they showed no mercy when crushing CSKA Moscow 5-1 in their opening Champions League Group game. Juan Iturbe opened the scoring that night and the Argentinian could be the main danger to the hosts in this encounter if passed fit.
Matt Le Tissier Tips: “Man City really need to win their home games to get out of this difficult group, but odds of 8/11 are too short as I just don’t trust their defence to hold up. They have the firepower to get on the scoresheet themselves and with that in mind a bet on Both Teams To Score makes sense at 7/10 with Boylesports who also go 4/6 on Over 2.5 Goals in the game.”
Pellegrini could recall Martín Demichelis in place of Eliaquim Mangala after the latter scored an own goal and conceded a penalty at Hull on Saturday. Joe Hart sat that game out and should return between the sticks with James Milner’s athleticism likely to earn him a start.
There’ll be some familiar faces in the Roma line-up as former Arsenal man Gervinho will be deployed on the left flank ahead of Ashley Cole, while Maicon is in line to face his former club at right-back. Rudi Garcia has plenty of injury problems to deal with and will most likely play Francesco Totti up top if Iturbe doesn’t make it back in time.