Already eliminated from the Champions League, Roberto Mancini's Manchester City are playing for third place in Dortmund. Adam Bate thinks even that will prove beyond themManchester City’s painful Champions League experience comes to an end for this season with a trip to Borussia Dortmund, who have already won Group D.
The German outfit may be struggling to defend their Bundesliga title – they could only draw at table-topping Bayern Munich at the weekend – but they’ve been superb in Europe.
Indeed, Jurgen Klopp’s side have made the step up that City have made look so difficult. As a result, they start this game as favourites to heap more Euro misery on Mancini's men.
Dortmund are 5/4 (2.25) favourites with Paddy Power and that’s an industry-best price.
City were fortunate to come away with a point in the first meeting between these sides in Manchester.
But while it’s too late for the Premier League champions to reach the knockout stages they’ll be keen to show what they are capable of in this competition, albeit belatedly.
Manchester City are 15/8 (2.88) underdogs with Paddy Power. A repeat of the draw is available at 23/10 (3.30).
Although both sides know their Champions League fate, there are still issues at stake here.
City need to win and hope Ajax fail to pick up a point in Madrid if they hope to at least qualify for the Europa League in third place.
Although City fans are unlikely to turn their nose up at a European trophy it’s questionable how much the players will be concerned by that competition.
As a result it is Dortmund, boosted by their vast support, who can be expected to make the early running.
With that in mind, the price of 5/6 (1.83) with Paddy Power for Dortmund to score first is the pick of the bets in this one.
That goal could come early. The German champions have scored before the interval six times in their last three Champions League games.
Dortmund are 9/5 (2.80) to lead at half-time. But the value bet is to also expect them to hold onto that advantage. Back Dortmund in the HT/FT market at 13/5 (3.60) with Paddy Power.
|Dortmund first goal at 5/6 (1.83) with Paddy Power
||Dortmund HT/Dortmund FT at 13/5 (3.60) with Paddy Power|
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