Manchester City, 7/2 third-favourites in bwin’s Premier League title betting market, made it two wins out of two in their pre-season tour of north America with victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.
With Roberto Mancini playing a different team in each half as he sought to nurse his players to full fitness, the fact that Yaya Toure hobbled off the field in the first half will be more concerning to the Italian than City going behind in front of a 24,074 sell-out crowd at Empire Field.
While the Citizens were able to recover from the set-back of being a goal down at the interval, it is not yet clear whether the ankle injury sustained by Toure is serious enough for the Ivorian to miss any of the Premier League season.
City’s first match of the 2011-12 campaign will be at home to newly-promoted Swansea on Saturday, 13th August, with early Man City v Swansea betting making the Citizens 11/50 favourites.
A £25 free bet on Man City to beat Swansea, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £30.50.
The Blues’ equaliser against the Whitecaps came courtesy of Swedish striker John Guidetti, with Sean Wright-Phillips giving a reminder of his class with a strike from distance to seal the win.
Elsewhere, goals from Kevin Davies, Martin Petrov and Darren Pratley helped Bolton to a 3-1 win over Orlando City of the US Pro League.
Meanwhile, Leicester City continued their fine pre-season form with a win over Vasalunds IF in the final match of the Stockholm Football Trophy.
The aim of the tournament was to promote “many goals, attractive football and fair play” and Leicester certainly did this in their 4-1 victory, with Steve Howard scoring all four goals for the Foxes.
Finally, Sheffield United proved too much for Sliema Wanderers of Malta, running out 3-1 winners, while Kilmarnock and Preston played out a 1-1 draw at Rugby Park.
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