Manchester City and Napoli both enter unchartered waters when they meet for their opening Champions League Group A clash at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow, with both making their debuts in the competition’s new format.
The similarities do not end there either, with the two sides also matching each other’s third-place finish in their respective domestic leagues last season.
However, it is the Citizens who go into the match as the overwhelming favourites to win with odds of 33/100 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market. A draw is priced at 4/1 and a Napoli win at 29/4.
Man City’s status as favourites will be largely based on the blistering start they have made to the new season.
Despite resting the in-form Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez’s missed penalty, City still managed to put three past Wigan at the weekend to make it 15 goals scored in four league games.
Meanwhile, Napoli scored three away to Cesesna in their only Serie A fixture to date, and with both sides in good attacking form a bet on there to be plenty of goals looks the stand-out option.
Interestingly, Man City have scored twice the number of goals after the interval as they have in the first half in the league, while Napoli scored twice after the break against Cesesna.
As such, a bet on there to be more than 2.5 goals after the interval tomorrow looks great value at odds of 14/5.
And with Man City unbeaten in 12 European home games, betting on the Citizens to win and for there to be more than 3.5 goals in the match looks another good call.
At odds of 11/5, a successful £25 free bet on the outcome, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £80.
Finally, assuming Dzeko will return to Man City’s starting line-up he looks a good bet to score the first goal.
The Bosnian has scored the opener in two of the last three games he has started for the Citizens and is available at odds of 4/1.
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