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Man City vs Salzburg – Stuttering Man City set to start firing

| 01.12.2010

Manchester City will head into Wednesday’s game with the basement boys of Group A knowing that a win could potentially end Juventus’ qualification hopes.

Should Man City secure a point they will be guaranteed a place in the knock-out stages, but a loss to FC Salzburg would mean Roberto Mancini’s men would have to go to Juventus and get a result.

Match Odds

Man City are the overwhelming 1/5 favourites to beat Salzburg and having won the reverse fixture in Austria 2-0, Mancini’s side will be expected to win comfortably.

This game will be Salzburg’s fourth game in eleven days, but the Austrian side have won the previous three and are 12/1 to shock Man City.

Huub Stevens’ side have some strong form entering the game with four clean sheets from their last six games and while many will believe Man City should stroll through this tie, Mancini’s men may find it tough to break down the Salzburg defence.

Man City have scored just five goals in their last four games and the value is in a 1-0 win for Mancini’s men at 13/2.

Lech Poznan vs Juventus

Polish side Lech Poznan have been the surprise package in Group A and Jose Mari Bakero’s side know a win would guarantee qualification for the knock-out stages – Lech are 11/4 to beat Juventus.

It’s hard to fathom why Juventus are the 1/1 favourites for a game against a side unbeaten at home in the group stages, and even though Juventus must win, there is no value in backing a side that have drawn all four of their European games.

A draw would not be good enough for the Italian side who have drawn eight of their 13 match unbeaten streak, but they may have to settle for one and it’s priced at 12/5.

A £10 stake on Lech Poznan and Juventus drawing 2-2 would return £150. New customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.