Bet of the Day: Man City to win high-scoring UCL clash
Manchester City have arguably the most in-form frontline in world football right now. The Sky Blues have won nine games on the bounce heading into their Champions League meeting with Napoli, netting 34 times in the process.
However, Partenopei are also in stellar form at present, sitting top of Serie A after eight games.The visitors have also found the net in 27 consecutive games, but they aren’t infallible.
Maurizio Sarri’s side lost 2-1 away to Shakhtar Donetsk in last month’s UCL meeting. That’s in contrast to the Citizens’ continental fortunes, with comfortable wins over Shakhtar and Feyenoord so far.
With the likes of Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne in their ranks, there’s every chance the visitors will find the net. However, it’s still hard to see past a City victory here. Coral’s Bet of the Day is Man City to Win and Both Teams to Score at 29/20.
Sterling can prove crucial yet again
While City’s fantastic recent form has been a team effort, a few players have stood out above the rest. One of those is Raheem Sterling.
The winger has scored five times in six games since mid-September, and already has a half-dozen UCL goals for the club under his belt.
With the Italian outfit conceding in five of their past eight games, they’re far from a perfect defensive unit, and Sterling can take advantage. Of the 26 games where he’s netted for the Sky Blues, he’s been on the winning side 24 times.
That means Sterling to Score and Man City to Win looks good value at 23/10.
Citizens’ strong starts bode well for backers
During their nine-game winning run, fans of the North-West giants have had few reasons for nerves. While they left it very late to win at AFC Bournemouth, that’s been the exception to the rule.
In five of the eight games since, the Sky Blues have led by the half-hour mark, with Guardiola’s charges already 3-0 up by that stage in Saturday’s clash against Stoke City.
As for Napoli, they’ve conceded within the opening 30 minutes during four of the last nine games. That means Result After 30 Minutes: Man City looks a value bet at 33/20.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing