Manuel Pellegrini's team are expected to lift the Barclays Asia Trophy after Saturday's final
Though Manchester City recorded a slim win over South China on Wednesday, that result was enough to see them pick the final ticket for Saturday’s Barclays Asia championship where they will challenge fellow Premier League side, Sunderland for the trophy.
Despite the fact that this match is part of the pre-season outing for both teams, they are expected to come out strong because a trophy is at stake. This could as well serve as a great platform for both English sides to test their might as they get set for their first meeting later this year in the EPL.
Going into this fixture, Di Canio’s men are outsiders, and Ladbrokes price them at long 5/1 (6.00) to win this trophy against the Citizens who appear the stronger team based on the quality of players they parade.
A win for Pellegrini's men means the Chilean will win his first trophy few weeks after his appointment as the Manchester based outfit gaffer. They are amazing favorites with Ladbrokes to dismiss Sunderland at odds of ½ (1.5), while the draw is a 3/1 (4.00) play with the same firm.
Sunderland still fresh from their 3-1 spanking of Tottenham Hotspurs in the semi finals will be hoping to record a morale boosting wing over their opponent, a result which will definitely set the Black Cats alive for the fast approaching English Premier League season.
With the Manchester Blues expected to field the likes of Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko, Di Canio must tighten up his defence in order not to leave the match with basket full of goals even as all eyes will definitely be on Dzeko whose solitary strike gave last season’s EPL runners up a chance to compete to play in the final.
Considering the fact that both team found the back of their opponent net in their last outing, then it is worth backing both teams to score at an appealing odds of 8/11 (1.72).
Given that these two will be the most talented players on the pitch, not to mention the most prolific, backing either of them to open the scoring is the logical move at a decent price. Punters seeking for a value bet should back total goals of over 3.5 at 4/9 (1.44).