Manchester City can put down a marker in group D with a win away to Czech champions Viktoria Plzen and after sitting out most of the Sky Blues’ bore draw with Stoke at the weekend Sergio Aguero’s return to the starting lineup looks a good time to get on him at 4/1 to open the scoring.
With bwin doubling and trebling the odds if the first goalscorer goes on to score a double or hat-trick you could end up with returns of twelve times your stake should the classy Argentinean break the deadlock and then run riot, which makes this a bet worth taking.
Aguero has bagged nine braces in all competitions for City since arriving from Atletico Madrid in 2011, which includes a hat-trick against Wigan in the 3-0 win over the Latics in September of that year.
City will feel their opportunity to get through a qualifying group has finally presented itself after crashing out at this stage for the last two seasons and are 31/50 for the victory.
The hosts are 4/1 to take all three points at the Doosan Arena and continue their visitors’ European gloom, with the draw priced up at 29/10.
Of their six away games in the Champions League since first qualifying in 2011, City have lost five and won just one – a 3-0 victory away at Villarreal in November 2011.
However, the quintet of defeats came from a veritable Who’s Who of top European clubs, with last season’s Champions League finalists Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Napoli and Real Madrid the teams putting City to the sword in the last two seasons.
Their latest opponents may have started the season with a fine unbeaten run, but in Manuel Pellegrini City have a manager with plenty of experience of getting results on the road in this tournament.
The Chilean managed wins at Everton and Benfica and held Man Utd home and away when steering Villarreal to the semi-finals of this competition in 2005/06.
Pellegrini’s Malaga were similarly roadworthy competitors last season, flattening Anderlecht 3-0 in Belgium during the group stages and only relinquishing their unbeaten away record in the quarter-finals against eventual finalists Borussia Dortmund.
At odds of better than 1/2 on Pellegrini’s new charges leaving Plzen with a win this has to be a pick for everyone’s accumulators.