Two of them might have come in the unglamorous arena of the Europa League, but Manchester City’s four wins in a row sets them up very nicely as the title race begins to heat up and makes them obvious 4/25 favourites for the visit of Blackburn this Saturday.
More importantly still, the attacking fluency showed by Roberto Mancini’s Citizens in a 4-0 drubbing of Porto on Wednesday brought back fond memories for their fans of the ease of which they casually dispatched opponents earlier on this season.
Backing City to continue bulging the net at will against a Blackburn side with a dreadful away record offers some of the best betting prospects of the upcoming weekend.
Blackburn have eased the pressure a little on boss Steve Kean with two wins out of their last five Premier League matches but will struggle to attract any money on them winning at the Etihad Stadium, even at odds as long as 29/2.
Blackburn’s one away win of the season may have come at the unlikely setting of Old Trafford, but the 7-1 thrashing at Arsenal on their last journey out of Ewood Park lingers fresher in the mind.
If City do come out firing on all cylinders, Blackburn’s defence (likely to be still without wayward lynchpin Chris Samba) could be torn to shreds in no time, making a handicap bet on Man City to win by more than two goals a snip at 23/20.
Man City have actually scored three goals in seven of their 12 home league matches this season, so 16/5 on exactly three goals to be scored in the match is a tempter.
Just over two-thirds of City’s 64 goals this season have come in the second half of their matches, making a late barrage a distinct possibility should Blackburn put in another brave performance but eventually become outdone by the gulf in class.
That theory makes odds of 37/20 against three goals or more to be scored at either end of the pitch during second period look very backable.
Man City have actually scored three goals in seven of their 12 home league matches this season, so 16/5 on exactly three goals to be scored in the match is a tempter on account of the form book (assuming Blackburn fail to find the target).
Given the hosts’ renewed attacking momentum and Blackburn’s continued plight, it is worth looking beyond a comfy victory to rout territory.
In particular, backing City to win 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 could prove a tempting option at 4/1 for punters who believe Rovers will be sent back up the M6 with their tails firmly between their legs.
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