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Roberto Mancini's men are eager to kickstart their Champions League campaign against Jurgen Klopp's side, but Willie Duncan is backing goals at both ends

Manchester City were left heartbroken when a stoppage-time winner from Cristiano Ronaldo saw Real Madrid edge to a 3-2 victory over Roberto Mancini’s men in the first round of Champions League group stage fixtures, and the Citizens will be desperate to make amends for that defeat when they play host to German champions Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night.

Mancini’s side tasted victory for the first time in five matches when they scraped past Fulham at the weekend and City are chalked up as 5/6 (1.83) shots with Paddy Power to follow up with three vital European points when they take on Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Dortmund kicked off their own Champions League campaign with a 1-0 home victory over Ajax and the Germans are chalked up as 100/30 (4.33) shots with Paddy Power to grab a second successive group stage victory in Manchester. The same firm go 13/5 (3.60) that the match ends in a draw.

City were boosted at the weekend by the return on last season’s top scorer Sergio Aguero and the Argentine striker can be backed at a juicy 9/2 (5.50) to score the first goal against Dortmund on Wednesday, while Aguero’s fellow countryman Carlos Tevez is rated as an 11/2 (6.50) shot with the same firm to break the deadlock.

Dortmund’s attack is likely to be spearheaded by Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, who is chalked up at 15/2 (8.50) to score first, while Marco Reus, who inspired his side to a 5-0 demolition of Borussia Monchengladbach at the weekend, is a tempting 8/1 (9.0) chance to net first.

Neither side has hit peak form yet this term but Dortmund’s emphatic win at the weekend will ensure that Klopp’s men will be confident ahead of the trip to Etihad Stadium and the 2/1 (3.0) for the Germans in the double chance market is worthy of consideration here.

Dortmund have scored 10 goals in their last three matches and have scored in each of their last 27 matches, while City have yet to keep a clean sheet this term so the 4/7 (1.57) on offer from Paddy Power, whilst short, is still outstanding value and must be backed accordingly.

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BEST BET
VALUE BET
Both teams to score at 4/7 (1.57) with Paddy Power
Marco Reus to score first at 8/1 (9.0) with Paddy Powe

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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