Manchester City’s underachievement in the Champions League is football’s equivalent of a first world problem.
Fans of any side not named Liverpool, would sell their own grandmothers for nine consecutive appearances.
However, with just one semi-final berth to show for it, City fans will be disappointed.
And Pep Guardiola’s men begin their latest campaign with a home game against Porto.
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|Fixture||Manchester City v Porto|
|Date||Thursday, October 21, 2020 at 20:00|
|Where||Etihad Stadium, Manchester|
|How to Watch||Live on BT Sport|
Our Top Odds Pick – Sergio Aguero to Score & Man City to Win – 4/6 at Paddy Power
It was only City’s fourth league game, but their victory against Arsenal last weekend was crucial, after a win, a draw and a heavy defeat in their first three matches.
More good news came in the form of Sergio Aguero’s return from injury.
The Argentinian has scored 34 Champions League goals, the third-highest number of any player for an English club.
Aguero is now just two off Didier Drogba’s record, and it’s a matter of when, not if, he breaks it.
And Porto should provide the perfect opportunity for him to add to his tally, as they have conceded five goals in their last two games.
Our Extra Pick – Man City to Win Both Halves – 13/8 at Ladbrokes
Unless you’re betting big, there’s no point backing City in the outright market.
But we reckon there’s some value in betting on them them to win both halves.
They’re generally out of the blocks like Usain Bolt, and have scored in the first 25 minutes of every game they have played this season.
Added to that, in half their games they have also netted after the 80th minute.
And that’s all the encouragement we need to get involved!
Our Long Shot – Man City to win 3-1 – 9/1 at bet365
Porto have scored an average of three goals a game this season.
But they have conceded six goals in four matches.
And that, added to the fact they haven’t faced anyone in Man City’s league, means Pep Guardiola’s men should continue their revival with a comfortable win here.