The Romanian team will have an uphill battle if they want to overcome their five-goal deficit, but could they still cause an unexpected upset – and salvage some of their pride – by winning the match on Wednesday?
How the Bookies See It
- Winner: Manchester City 2/9, Draw 11/2, Steaua Bucharest 16/1 – BetFred
- First Goalscorer: Sergio Aguero 9/4, Kelechi Iheanacho 11/4, Nolito 4/1 – SkyBet
- Half Time/Full Time: Man City/Man City 8/13, Draw/Man City 11/4, Draw/Draw 17/2 – Bet365
- To Qualify: Man City 1/10000, Steaua Bucharest 50/1 - SkyBet
- Manchester City are in good general form of late, having won four of their last six matches, and losing twice – once to Bayern Munich and once to Arsenal. Their five goal victory over Steaua Bucharest was initiated by a goal in the 13th minute from David Silva, and Sergio Aguero gave City a second goal in the 41st minute. Recent signing Nolito confirmed his value to the club by making it 3-0 in the 49th minute, and Aguero sent another two into the back of the net in the 78th and 89th minutes.
- Steaua Bucharest have also won four of their last six matches, drawing once with Dinamo Bucharest, and losing once to Man City in the first leg of this fixture. It is, of course, that loss in the first leg that is attracting the most attention, but when one takes that out of the equation, the Romanian team doesn’t look nearly so bad, having conceded just two goals from their five most recent matches, and losing none of them.
As one can see from the odds offered by SkyBet, it would be a huge surprise if Steaua Bucharest were to overcome their five goal deficit and progress further in this competition. However, they won’t want to endure a repeat of the hammering that they took in the first leg of this fixture, and with seemingly nothing to lose, their fans will expect them to go all-out in an effort to win this match and to some extent redeem themselves.
Manchester City are within a hair’s breadth of qualifying, and all they have to do to complete the task is close down Steaua Bucharest. That said, we don’t expect purely defensive play from City, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the Blues to win this match by a margin of two goals or more. We will therefore side with City being in the lead at both 45 and 90 minutes.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip: Man City/Man City for Half Time/Full Time – 8/13 at Bet365
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.