After being held to a draw in the derby against Manchester United in midweek, Manchester City will be looking to return to winning ways when they travel to the Riverside Stadium to take on Middlesbrough on Sunday.
That stalemate means Pep Guardiola’s men have now won just one of their last six matches on the road, but they are 3/10 (1.30) favourites with Paddy Power to collect maximum points in this one.
Meanwhile, Middlesbrough gave their chances of avoiding the drop a significant boost with a 1-0 victory over Sunderland on Wednesday, and they are on offer at 17/2 (9.50) to move another step closer to safety with a huge win here.
The hosts actually held their lofty opponents to a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium back in November’s reverse fixture, and you can get odds of 19/4 (5.75) on them securing another hard-earned point yet again.
While disappointing to draw such a high profile match in which they dominated both possession and chances, the Citizens should not suffer too much of a hangover from the United game when they visit the Northeast.
Although frequently frustrated on home turf this campaign, Guardiola’s side have enjoyed the greater freedom afforded to them on their travels and have actually scored more goals and won more games on the road than in their own back yard.
Boasting both the best points haul and goal return of any away side in the division, the guests should prove far too strong for a Boro outfit that has scored just 14 goals in 17 matches on home turf, with only rock bottom Sunderland collecting fewer points.
With 14 goals scored and four clean sheets in their last six away league games, odds of 4/5 (1.80) appear generous on City running out clear winners by at least two goals against a Middlesbrough side in possession of the meekest attack in the top flight.
|Man City (-1) to win for a 2.5pt stake at 4/5 (1.80) with Paddy Power|