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Champions League betting preview: Juventus vs. Manchester City

25/11/2015
Manchester City have endured a dip over the last few weeks, failing to put away one of their numerous chances in a 0-0 draw away to Aston Villa before coming unstuck against an Jürgen Klopp-inspired Liverpool in a 4-1 defeat last weekend.

Their form couldn't have abandoned them at a worse time, as they travel to Juventus this evening in a Champions League tie crucial to their hopes of taking top spot in Group D.

Having beaten Sevilla 3-1 in their previous group game, City are six points clear of the third-place Spanish side with two games remaining, but will hope to win their group to avoid heavyweights in the next round like Barcelona, who have sent them home in the last-sixteen for two seasons running.

Still missing for Manuel Pellegrini will be key cogs Vincent Kompany and David Silva, though the return to action of Sergio Agüero will give the Chilean hope his side can take some revenge for the 2-1 defeat inflicted by Juventus at the Etihad in September.

Juventus have not had the best of starts to their own League campaign, drawing three and losing four of their first 13 games.

However, last season’s Champions League finalists possess many reasons for Manchester City to exercise caution, particularly in the form of midfield string puller Paul Pogba, while Spanish forward Morata has lost none of his potency since equalising in the final against Barcelona.

A Manchester City win comes at a best price of 13/5 with Unibet, although at odds of 9/4 with most bookmakers, the Sky Blues may be happy to leave Italy with a draw.

Best odds of a Juventus win come courtesy of Coral, at 13/10, and that may prove to be where the smart money lies if City cannot bounce back from their mauling at Anfield four days ago.

Argentineans Sergio Agüero and Paulo Dybala are heavily backed to score at any time, both priced at 9/5 by BetVictor.

In spite of their struggles against Liverpool last weekend, Manchester City still boast some of Europe’s strongest attacking players.

If the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling can find their rhythm in attack, then City will be well placed to win the race to two goals, at a best price of 3/1 with Ladbrokes.

Tom Lewis

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