City v Ajax: Paddy Power specials
- Tue 06 Nov 2012, 11:25AM
- Posted by David Clayton
Roberto Mancini has a number of injury worries to contend with as the Barclays Premier League champions face Ajax in a must-win Uefa Champions League clash this evening.
James Milner is unlikely to play after limping off in the warm-up against West Ham at the weekend while David Silva probably won’t be risked from the start as he is still feeling the effects of a hamstring strain.
The Blues are 4/11 in Paddy Power’s online betting with the Dutch champions at 15/2 to repeat their win of a fortnight ago while the draw is trading at 15/4.
City are unbeaten so far this term in the Premier League but need all three points in Tuesday night’s Group D encounter against Ajax to keep their Champions League dream alive.
City took the lead in Amsterdam thanks to French international Samir Nasri’s 22nd minute strike but ended up on the wrong side of a 3-1 defeat.
Nasri is 7/1 to get the Blues off to another good start by scoring the game’s opening goal or 5/1 to score first for his team.
Mancini has demanded “three big performances” from his side to make sure they reach the knock-out stage of the Champions League but has urged his players to take it one game at a time.
City have scored in all three games against Europe’s elite so far and are 4/11 to score first and 10/11 to score up to and including the 23rd minute in Paddy Power’s time of first goal market.
Mario Balotelli hit the net with a 90th-minute equaliser form the penalty spot in City’s last Champions League home game against Borussia Dortmund and Paddy Power make the Italian 9/2 to be the game’s last goalscorer.
Super Mario can also be backed at evens to score at anytime while it’s 6/4 that a penalty is awarded and 9/2 that a penalty is scored in the second half with City 10/3 to score a penalty.
Edin Dzeko and Aleksandar Kolarov were both on the score sheet in the 3-2 loss in Madrid and City supporters would welcome a repeat of that this evening.
Dzeko is City’s top scorer in the Premier League and Paddy Power make him 7/2 to score the first goal of the game with Kolarov at 9/2 to hit the back of the net at anytime.
City to win by exactly one goal is 5/2, by exactly two goals is 16/5 and for there to be over 2.5 goals scored in the game is currently trading at 8/15 in Paddy Power’s online betting.