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Man City vs Notts County – Bet on goals rather than result

| 20.02.2011

With an average of slightly over four goals averaged in the last eight clashes between Manchester City and Notts County, it may be worth betting on goals rather than the result of their FA Cup fourth round replay.

Match Odds

Manchester City are 1/5 in the FA Cup betting to see off Notts County at the second attempt after needing an Edin Dzeko equaliser to earn a replay against the League One outfit.

Despite the two-division gap between the pair, Notts County performed admirably in the initial tie and head to Eastlands having only lost two of their last 14 fixtures in all competitions.

Meanwhile, they have won two of their last three ties against Premier League teams in the FA Cup and are 12/1 to beat Manchester City.

However, ignoring the obvious gulf in class between the two teams, Manchester City have also only lost once at home to a team from a lower division since 1963.

Furthermore, they are unbeaten in their last ten meetings with Notts County, securing victory in seven of these games.

Over/Under 3.5 goals

It is unknown the strength of the team that Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will select for the fixture, although he did name many of his first-choice stars for the initial draw at Meadow Lane.

Manchester City definitely have the talent at their disposal to find the net at will and 11/10 looks reasonable value that over 3.5 goals will be scored at Eastlands.

This is also backed up by the fact that the last eight showdowns between Manchester City and Notts County have seen 34 goals scored.

Dzeko is still finding his feet in England since signing from Wolfsburg so may be called upon to continue his transition against Notts County.

He is 3/1 in the FA Cup odds to score the opening goal and 8/11 to find the target at any point in the 90 minutes.

A £25 stake on Manchester City beating Notts County 4-1 would return £350. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.