Gary Bowyer's men are looking to become the first English side this season to avoid defeat at the Etihad, but our tipster expects a comfortable evening for the hostsManchester City's home form this season has been sensational, winning 14 games, and losing only once with European Champions Bayern Munich beating them 3-1 in the Champions League. In those 15 games, Manuel Pellegrini's side have netted 59 goals, averaging almost four goals per game.
They face Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup Third round replay, after the sides drew 1-1 at Ewood Park earlier this month. In that match, an Alvaro Negredo goal was cancelled out by Scott Dann to force the sides to meet again.
Unsurprisingly, Manchester City are priced at just 1/8 (1.13) with bet365 to win the match.
Blackburn Rovers are currently enjoying a decent run of form, having been beaten only once in their last eight matches, winning their last two Championship games. Despite this, bet365 don't give them much hope, pricing them at 25/1 (26.00) to cause the biggest upset of the season. The same firm price the draw at 9/1 (10.00).
Looking at the total goals market, it tough to find value, with over 2.5 goals a short 3/10 (1.30) with bet365. It's the same story in the anytime goalscorer market, with Edin Dzeko and Negredo both 1/2 (1.50) to score in 90 minutes.
Instead, it's worth looking at the handicap market to find a bet thats worth backing. Man City -2 is 4/5 (1.80) with bet365.
Of their 14 wins at home this season, this would have paid out in nine of those matches. With Pellegrini likely to take no risks in this match unlike the first game, a strong outfit should be able to dispose of Blackburn and continue their unbelievable home form.
|Manchester City -2 at 4/5 (1.80) for 3pts with bet365
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