Manchester City are rated as strong favourites in bwin’s football betting market for their friendly clash with LA Galaxy tonight.
Roberto Mancini’s men are available at odds of 3/5, with the draw at 29/10 and the Americans priced at 333/100 to score a victory at the Home Depot Center.
Despite the absence of want-away striker Carlos Tevez and Yaya Toure, who picked up an injury in the 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps earlier this week, City have a full-strength squad at their disposal.
By contrast, the Galaxy treatment room is in danger of overflowing as coach Bruce Arena continues to count the cost of a gruelling MLS schedule.
On the plus side for the hosts, David Beckham and Chris Birchall, who are both serving domestic suspensions, will be available.
Although Galaxy were soundly beaten 4-1 by Real Madrid recently, that fixture came in between two big MLS clashes and Arena has no such problems this time.
While this should make them more competitive against City, betting on the Premier League side to notch a win in the final match of their pre-season US tour is surely the way forward.
A look at bwinbetting’s Stats Centre shows that there have been more than 2.5 goals scored in nine of Galaxy’s 11 home matches so far this term – a repeat against City is available at 57/100.
Punters who are looking at this as an option could also be tempted by the better prices available on exactly three goals (3/1), exactly four goals (4/1) or five or more goals (18/5) being scored.
Indeed, new customers who join now and use their £25 free bet on the latter selection would stand to win £115 if their prediction proves correct.
Interestingly, the Galaxy have only been behind at half-time once in their 22 MLS matches this season, which could highlight the value in betting on draw/Man City in the half-time/full-time market at odds of 17/4.
Football betting fans can also back Galaxy to win with a one-goal headstart at 6/5, with the draw moving to 14/5 at and a City win available at 31/20.
Mancini will certainly be hoping his charges can head back across the Atlantic with a victory under their belts as their preparations for the new Premier League campaign continue apace.
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