iBet: Price Looks Just Capital About Manchester City’s Cup Prospects
Capital One Cup, Outright Market
Back Manchester City at 10/11
Back Suarez To out-score England at the World Cup at 7/2 (Paddy Power)
The draw for the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup has seen Manchester City go slightly odds on, but at 10/11 they look a good bet to me. The two Manchester clubs have avoided each other but even if they hadn’t I would be backing the blue half. United (6/4 to lift the trophy) may have picked up a bit of late, but to be honest I am not convinced and they look in grave danger of missing out on the Champions League positions to me.
United’s problem is in midfield and it’s not a new one either. Without Carrick they look lightweight in that area and can be over-run by even average teams. I went to the Aston Villa game at the weekend and although United won readily there they didn’t have much to beat. One of the United fans I met told me that he’d just bought a Manchester United sledge and he’s never seen anything go downhill so fast!
I also saw Villa somehow beat City in the league. It was a freak smash and grab after City dominated the game and made some stupid mistakes. More recently however Pellegrini’s men have changed gear. They are simply awesome at home but seem to have clicked away from home now and they look a sound bet for the Premier League too at 5/4. They have easily the deepest squad in the league in fact one of the deepest squads in world football – and you can’t say that these days about David Moyes’ outfit.
It’s hard to forget how City dismantled United 4-1 in September in one of the most impressive performances I have seen for a long time – although subsequent games that have seen United lose at home to West Brom, Newcastle and Everton indicate that this is the weakest Reds outfit for a very long time. They could yet have trouble getting past a Sunderland team that seems to be growing in stature and confidence as every week passes under Gus Poyet.
Sunderland are 12/1 with Ladbrokes and Paddy Power to win the Carling Cup. West Ham produced a great performance to beat an out-of-sorts Spurs in the quarter finals, but it’s hard to see them or United stopping the City juggernaut now that they’ve hit form. The semi finals take place over January 6th and 7th.
Paddy Power was stung for around £50,000 at the weekend as seven punters backed Liverpool to win 5-0 at Tottenham with Luis Suarez scoring the first goal. With Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero ruled out for up to eight weeks with an injury, the Uruguayan is now in to 4/11 to win the Premier League Golden Boot. Paddy Power have Suarez at odds of 7/2 to outscore the entire England team at the World Cup which looks a very good price to me given that it’s entirely possible England will have real problems scoring.betting
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