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Viktoria Plzen v Man City: Hosts hard to ignore with double chance

| 17.09.2013

In truth, Manchester City’s last two Champions League campaigns on the whole have not been much better than disastrous, with their form on the road particularly catastrophic.

They have managed just one win and three points from their road trips in the group stages, with this sole celebration coming at Villarreal.

Last season, Man City lost all three of their away group-stage encounters.

This is hardly the form of a team priced at 8/11 to beat Viktoria Plzen, even if they do have a different manager that may be able to navigate calmer waters.

Czech champions Plzen are 19/5 to leave Man City looking up rather than down in the group stages again, with a price of 11/4 that the clash at the Struncovy Sady Stadion ends all square.

However, it is the 11/10 in the double chance market that Plzen either win or draw that holds the most appeal, especially if Vincent Kompany fails to sufficiently recover from a groin injury.

Plzen won all three home group games in the Europa League last season when Atletico Madrid were among their opponents and in total, they have triumphed in 10 of their last 11 European fixtures on their own patch.

Better news for Man City is that in three of his last four European group campaigns, manager Manuel Pellegrini has started with a clean sheet, which is also something that the Citizens have kept in their last two domestic fixtures.

It is 13/8 that Man City keep another clean sheet against Plzen.

Based on this, the 12/1 offered for the 0-0 draw looks overpriced, while the 6/5 for under 2.5 goals may prove the best bet of the match.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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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.