What are the Odds: Manchester City Home

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by MartinBackHouse @martinbackhouse

Let’s forget what happened on Monday and focus on the blue half of Manchester this Friday. We couldn’t have asked for a much tougher draw in the third round of the FA Cup than Manchester City, and I’m not sure whether having home advantage is a good thing or a bad thing. I’ll keep this one brief as stats rarely come into play in cup games compared to the league meetings.

Betway have priced us up at an appealing 9/2 to win in 90 minutes. You can always expect a much more attacking mindset from both managers in the FA Cup and, with City’s defence as it at present, that price on us to win looks very attractive, especially when you consider that we’ve lost only one of our last eight FA Cup games at home (W5 D2).

The two sides haven’t met in the FA Cup since a third round clash in 2008, with Man City eventually winning 1-0 in a replay at the Etihad. The Citizens have also progressed past the third round in six of their last seven seasons. If you think they’ll make it seven from eight, then you can get 1/3 on them in the ‘To Qualify’ market or 4/6 in the Match Odds market if you fancy them to see us off inside 90 minutes.

Dimitri Payet has had a hand in five goals in six appearances for us in this competition (three goals, two assists). He’s 9/1 with our sponsors to score first, 3/1 anytime. Other odds in the First Goalscorer market of note include Andy Carroll at 15/2, Michail Antonio at 9/1 and penalty-taking Mark Noble at 16/1. It’s tough to say who will get the nod in attack for Guardiola’s side, however, Kelechi Iheanacho has appeared three times for City in the FA Cup, scoring four goals and assisting another. He’s available at 5/1 to open the scoring, 6/5 anytime. The odds on Aguero are always low but you cannot discount the Argentine. He’s 7/2 to notch the opener, 9/10 anytime.

Good luck to those having a punt on the game. I think we’re a good price. COYI


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