iBet: Etihad stages a battle of two champions

Gareth Purnell

Champions League

Manchester City v Dortmund, lay under 1.5 goals at 4/1 with Betfair

Zenit St Petersberg v AC Milan (5pm kick off), lay Milan at 2.85 to one with Betfair

A battle of two champions that have got off to slightly unpredictable starts takes place tonight at the Etihad Stadium, and I think there will be goals.

Dortmund surprised many by retaining their Bundesliga title last season, and they are a clearly a very talented bunch of footballers to be putting one over Bayern Munich. They have been brilliant in their three domestic home games, scoring ten times, but away from home they are yet to win. However, goals have been a feature of all of their matches – indeed they have found the net ten times in their last three games and their six Bundesliga matches have averaged four goals apiece. And they face a Manchester City unit who seem to have lost the knack of keeping clean sheets, having conceded and scored in every competitive game they have played this season. Big spending Zenit were fancied by many to win Group C prior to Match Day One, but the Russian champions were brought down to earth with a bump with a 3-0 reverse at the hands of Malaga. They are not unbeatable at home but AC Milan are out of sorts and may be a lay at the available price in this 5pm kick off.


Bristol Rovers have only scored two goals in their four home League Two games and although they secured a welcome three points in their last away game at Exeter, they have yet to win at the Memorial Stadium and look to be value lay material at 1.8 to one with Betfair against a Cheltenham side who are unbeaten away and have only conceded three goals on their travels, in what’s a big night for former Rovers hero Steve Elliott.

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