Goals at the Etihad
Frank Monkhouse | 1 March 2017
Man City to keep their FA Cup dream alive
Manchester City host Huddersfield on Wednesday evening in an FA Cup Fifth Round replay played out in front of the BBC cameras from 7.45pm. Armchair fans have an intriguing match-up on terrestrial TV, and Coral traders ensure there’s plenty for punters to enjoy.
The pair played out an entertaining 0-0 draw in the reverse of this fixture, but both sides had chances to get their name into the hat for the next round at the first time of asking. They’ll be kicking themselves for adding yet another fixture to their already jam-packed schedule.
Man City unbeaten in four
The hosts have had more to smile about on league duty of late however, dragging themselves up into third, just a point behind Tottenham with a game in hand. They are unbeaten in four, having won each of their last three goes in the top-flight. West Ham, Swansea and Bournemouth have all been put to the sword during that purple patch, and with The Citizens scoring eight goals in the process, fans will be hoping they have finally turned a corner and are hitting form as we enter the spring.
Gael Clichy is in contention for a return to the starting line-up following injury, but the tie looks to have come too early for team-mate Vincent Kompany, although the latter is expected to be seen back in competitive action again soon.
Stats support both to score
Coral traders have a home win nailed down at 1/7, meaning punters eager to follow the local side must work hard for their share of value. Backers who like to stick to the stats will be interested to know that both teams have scored in each of City’s last five home games, and both to net again in a home win can be had at 7/4 with Coral.
Three in that run of five have ended in a 2-1 Man City win, and if you fancy taking your chance on that popping up in the correct score market again, then we will give you a handy 10/1. That’s surely worth a play.
Terriers have bite
Opponents Huddersfield journey to the Etihad knowing that they really could do without it. Everyone at the club will enjoy the occasion, a trip to a Premier League ground filled with stars, but promotion remains their major goal, and a replay wouldn’t have helped that any.
The Terriers are just five points off Newcastle and the automatic promotion places – two wins behind leaders Brighton – and are unbeaten in their last seven at that level. That includes six wins, with David Wagner’s men scoring 14 goals in the process.
Coral are offering a special on Huddersfield to find the net at any point during the 90-minutes at 5/4, which will give a real interest to those looking to avoid the unpredictability of the match result.