Manchester City will come up against a familiar foe when Roma visit the Etihad this evening, with former Chelsea favourite Ashley Cole in line to feature for the Giallorossi.
The odds gurus think it’ll be anything but a happy homecoming for the 33-year-old though, with bwin going a sizeable 4/1 about the Italian capital club stealing the spoils.
City have assumed 7/10 favouritism alongside the 13/5 draw, but based on the exploits of Manuel Pellegrini’s men in the Champions League, a punt on the underdogs looks well worth the money.
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It seems implausible on the surface, but etiquette when dining at Europe’s top table is an art the Citizens still haven’t managed to grasp.
Subtract an anomalous victory over Bayern Munchen in the group-stage last term out of the equation and the only foes City have slain in 14 Champions League outings are CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen.
Real continental heavy hitters, which Roma are arguably among, haven’t found the Etihad a daunting venue to visit, with all of Bayern, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund avoiding defeat here in this period.
Even Premier League adversaries haven’t been particularly perturbed by the prospect in the early exchanges of this season, with City failing to best two of their three opponents at home so far.
Roma, by contrast, have won six from six since the campaign commenced, with their Cole-infused defence conceding just once in five Serie A outings.
Their last game in this competition saw them obliterate CSKA 5-1, in which former Arsenal winger Gervinho notched a brace.
These goals lifted his none-league tally to five in five for the Italians and he can be backed to continue his one-in-one record by scoring at any time here at 11/4.