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Punters find plenty of value in backing Man City to finish third

| 11.05.2011

Roberto Mancini may be setting his sights on securing the FA Cup trophy on Saturday, but canny punters are looking further afield.

Ladbrokes have opened a ‘to finish third’ betting market and Manchester City are currently trading at a massive 9/2.

With just two league games left, Manchester City have to overhaul a two-point deficit if they are to leapfrog Arsenal and gain an automatic Champions League spot, but considering Arsenal’s end-of-season collapse, it’s certainly possible.

Arsenal are currently 1/8 to finish third but Vincent Kompany has been piling the pressure on Wenger’s side following Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday.

“Why not go after Arsenal?” said Kompany. “We have a feeling they may drop some points and we could get all six.”

Four days after facing them in the FA Cup final, Manchester City host Stoke on Tuesday in the first of their remaining two gamesbefore travelling to Bolton next Saturday.

Arsenal face a home game with Aston Villa and an away trip to Fulham in their final two games and the Premier League odds suggests Kompany’s assumption that Arsenal will drop points is wrong.

Except Arsenal have won just two of their last 11 games and while they now have something to play for in the fight to finish third, Wenger may have trouble motivating his side as the players look content to see out the season.

Saturday’s FA Cup final with Stoke is a huge game in the evolution of this new Manchester City side as they chase their first piece of silverware in 35 years – they are 2/5 to lift the trophy – but come Sunday, Mancini will be fully focused on the battle for third.

A £10 stake on Manchester City winning next season’s Premier League would return £65. New customers can sign up here to take advantage of a free bet.



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.