Manchester City travel to take on Feyenoord in their Champions League Group F opener on Wednesday evening.
Pep Guardiola’s men could barely have wished for a better warm-up for this tie, for City enjoyed a fantastic 5-0 demolition of Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon and dabblebet offer 4/9 (1.44) that the men from Manchester kick off their Champions League campaign with a vital victory.
Feyenoord, though, will fancy their chances of claiming all three points from this match, as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s charges have enjoyed a perfect start to the season; the Dutch side have won each of their opening four league matches, scoring 12 goals in the process and dabblebet offer 6/1 (7.0) that the hosts stun City in Rotterdam, while the same firm go 15/4 (4.75) that this match ends all square.
Almost 15 years have passed since Feyenoord last competed in the group stages of the Champions League and the Dutch side suffered a home defeat against English opposition – Newcastle United – in their final group game as they crashed out of the competition back in November 2002.
The Eredivisie side will be determined to avoid a repeat of that result on this occasion, but van Bronckhorst’s team have a poor record in this competition, having lost each of their last seven Champions League ties – including home and away qualifying losses to both Dynamo Kiev and Besiktas in 2012 and 2014 respectively.
There have been at least three goals scored in three of Feyenoord’s four league fixtures so far this season and there is certainly plenty of potential for the goals to flow in this game, for there were at least four goals scored in seven of Manchester City’s ten Champions League ties under the stewardship of Guardiola last term.
As such, dabblebet’s 4/7 (1.57) quote for at least three goals to be scored in this game could be a solid selection for punters, while the same firm offer 3/4 (1.75) that there are goals at both ends – Feyenoord are in free-scoring form, having notched nine goals in their last two games.
Better value, however, could lie in backing Manchester City to come out on top of a game in which three goals are scored; the selection would have landed in four of City’s last five Champions League victories – including thrilling victories against Barcelona and Monaco last term – and, as such, the 19/20 (1.95) quote offered up by dabblebet could offer good value for punters ahead of this tussle.