The boys and girls up at bwin towers have been good enough to form a market on who’ll finish best of Manchester City’s high-profile loan-outs this season, with Samir Nasri at Sevilla 4/5, Eliaquim Mangala at Valencia 5/2, Joe Hart at Torino 4/1 and Wilfried Bony at Stoke 11/1.
It’s a lively punting heat, but the value bet must be erstwhile France international centre-half Mangala at the Mestalla, with the new La Liga pair taking a chunk out of the market for a reason.
Torino may have won Serie A seven times in their illustrious history, not to mention five Coppa Italia’s, but seventh place in 2013/14 was considered a remarkable achievement for a club that spent much of the previous decade-and-a-half on the brink of financial collapse outside the top flight.
Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side could only manage 12th last term and have lost wantaway centre-half Nikola Maksimovic on loan to Napoli, somewhat negating Hart’s addition.
Considering Stoke have finished ninth in each of boss Mark Hughes’ three seasons in the Potteries, Bony looks the better value of the two outsiders, but Sevilla and Valencia’s relative domestic strength puts them miles ahead.
Los Che were all the way down in 12th during a troubled 2015/16 campaign, which saw Gary Neville try and fail to pull them out of what became a fight for top-flight status, but the Mediterranean coast-club finished higher than their southern counterparts in three of the previous five seasons.
Two terms ago, Valencia edged Sevilla out of Spain’s fourth and final Champions League qualifying spot, only for the perennial Europa League winners to book their place by retaining the continent’s consolation competition.
New Rojiblancos boss Jorge Sampaoli has a tough job on his hands replacing Unai Emery, also formerly of Valencia and now Paris Saint-Germain chief, while Pako Ayestaran’s men are due a return to the Champions League places, having made the top four three times in their past six tries.
At 5/2, Mangala and co look the value in this market.