Financial troubles off the field last season put pay to any hopes Hearts had for staying in the Scottish Premier League for another season.
Locke's men were deducted 15 points in the last campaign, which gave them too much to do to stay in the top flight. The hosts have already played three pre-season friendlies, winning two and losing one. bet365 price them at 6/1 (7.00) to cause a shock against City.
Despite it only being a friendly, Manuel Pellegrini will hope for a reaction after defeat to Dundee. City had a mixed pre-season record last season, playing nine matches, losing four and winning five. With a strong squad on offer for Pellegrini, despite City's World Cup stars being missing, it's no surprise to see them at 3/10 (1.33) to beat Hearts. The same firm price the draw at 4/1 (5.00).
Willy Caballero had a mixed start of his life at Man City, conceding two goals but managing to save a penalty against Dundee. Despite Hearts getting relegated, they will confident they can put up a fight against City's shuffled squad. Locke's men have netted five in their three pre-season matches so far, meaning they've now scored in 13 of their last 14 matches. The over 2.5 goals bet would have been worth investing in, but the price of 1/2 (1.50) is too skinny with bet365.
Instead it's worth siding with City in this friendly, with Pellegrini expecting a reaction. Manchester City to be winning at both half time and full time at 4/5 (1.80) is a solid bet with bet365.
|Man City half time/full time for a 1.5 point stake at 4/5 (1.80) with bet365
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