What a difference a year makes. On May 14th, 2012, Manchester City’s players were celebrating a first-ever Premier League title through the streets; fast-forward 12 months and they were forced to watch bitter rivals Manchester United parade that same trophy alongside their retiring legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
To bring City’s year to an even more dramatic conclusion, they sacked title-winning manager Roberto Mancini before the season was even out.
Having won his first game in temporary charge against Reading in midweek, Brian Kidd will hope to make a lasting impression with a final-day victory over Norwich City at the Etihad Stadium and the hosts are heavily favoured to do so at 1/4.
While odds of 100/1 in bwin’s next Man City manager market show how slim Kidd’s chances are of landing the job on a full-time basis, there are many players likely to start in his side on Sunday with much to prove if they are to avoid following both Kidd and Mancini out of the door.
Argentine strike duo Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero have rarely hit the heights this campaign, both scoring in the same game just twice.
But if there’s one opponent the duo will relish facing, it’s Chris Hughton’s men, who secured their top-flight status for next season with a thumping 4-0 win over West Brom last weekend.
Having lost their last three Premier League encounters with City by an aggregate scoreline of 15-5, it’s clear to see why Norwich start as huge 10/1 outsiders in bwin’s 3Way betting, with even a draw out at 9/2.
Five of those 15 goals were Aguero’s and he is 7/2 to get the opener here in a special bwin market that offers double or triple payouts should the first goalscorer claim two or three goals.
New customers doing the same with the free £20 bet they receive when registering with bwin stand to claim £90 should the former Atletico Madrid man grab the first goal and £230 should he turn that into a hat-trick.
It’s not just those two who will be looking to impress the new manager, whether that be 4/25 favourite Manuel Pellegrini or an outsider like 33/1 shout Jurgen Klopp. [read: Pellegrini odds on for Man City job]
As such, expect a fast start from City and back them to get two first-half goals for the sixth time this season at 31/10.
Given their record against Norwich, even if goals don’t come early there will be plenty, so I’m backing them to end the season in as victorious (if not triumphant) fashion as the last and claim three points in a game of over 3.5 goals at 17/10.