Manuel Pellegrini takes his side to Czech Republic for their Champions League opener and our tipster backing City to be thoroughly tested
Manuel Pellegrini's team have been poor on the road in their opening two games, losing to Cardiff City in a thrilling 3-2 encounter and drawing with Stoke City at the weekend 0-0. City have also struggled in the Champions League in the last couple of seasons that they've been involved, failing to qualify in the last two campaigns.
Plzen come into this match in fine form, unbeaten in their last seven, winning six of those games. The Czech side have been ruthless in front of goal in Champions League qualifying, scoring 13 goals in their last three home matches.
Pavel Urba's side had to overcome Maribor, Kalju and Zeljeznicar to seal a spot in the group stages but this is a big step up in class. Bet365 price them at 9/2 (5.50) to get off to a flying start.
Despite struggling away from home in the league, City have won two matches this season, both at home. Pellegrini's side convincingly beat Newcastle United 4-0, before beating Hull City 2-0.
City have been handed a tough draw in the last two season in the Champions League, being paired with Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax last year, and Bayern Munich, Villarreal and Napoli in the previous campaign.
This season they meet Bayern Munich again as well as CSKA Moscow. Bet365 price them at 8/11 (1.73) to take three points tonight. The same firm price the draw at 14/5 (3.80).
With City struggling away from home this season, the prospect of travelling to the Doosan Arena in Czech Republic looks daunting.
When you consider Plzen's fantastic home form this season in the competition, as well as in previous years in the Champions League, where they have drawn with AC Milan and beaten Copenhagen, the odds of 23/20 (2.15) for Plzen double chance seems like a fantastic price.
For those looking for more value, backing Plzen to score over 1.5 goals at 9/4 (3.25) with Bet365 is certainly worthy of a smaller investment for those seeking bigger returns. Hull City showed that the Manchester City defence can be vulnerable and this bet would have paid out in eight of Plzen's last nine home games, as well as all three Champions league qualifiers the season.
|Viktoria Plzen double chance for 1.5pts at 23/20 (2.15) with bet365
||Viktoria Plzen to score over 1.5 goals for 1pt stake at 9/4 (3.25) with bet365
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