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Rupert Wyman 17th Oct 2011 - 15:24

A Silva lining for City

Manchester City need to beat Villarreal if they are to have a realistic chance of qualifying from group A.

After two games in the competition, they have gained just one point against Napoli in their opener, they may be flying in the league but the owners would be disappointed at being knocked-out of the competition early.

Villarreal have an even worse record in the competition, they have been beaten in both matches and they are struggling in La Liga. City are massive favourites and they are 3/10 to win, the draw is 4/1 and a Villarreal victory is 10/1.

City will be relying upon Aguero and Dzeko because Tevez is in exile and Balotelli is suspended. City take on their local rivals United in the league at the weekend but they cannot afford to not concentrate on Villarreal.

City have scored twenty-seven times in eight Premier League games . It equals the Premier League record set by Arsenal in 2009-10. Manchester City are 7/2 to score four or more but that price is too short for me.

City are 6/5 to win to nil and they face a Villarreal side that have failed to score a goal in the group stage yet this season. City have one of the best keepers in the world with Joe Hart and they can keep a clean sheet (3/4) at the Etihad Stadium.

Aguero has been struggling with a groin injury and he may not play the full ninety minutes. Dzeko has a point to prove, he looked petty and foolish when he was substituted against Bayern and had it not been for the 'Carlos Tevez affair', he may have found himself out with the rubbish.

Dzeko is 5/1 to score the first goal and he has improved as a player this season. The Bosnian didn't start against Villa at the weekend and he should be recalled for the match. He scored for Bosnia against France last week and his record for his country is highly impressive.

The Spanish side have won just two of their last fifteen fixtures in all competitions.  You can back Man City -1 goal at 17/20, they should have no problem finishing off a Spanish side that will be concerned about their domestic form.

The Match Winner is David Silva to score anytime and City to win at 4/1. He has been a revelation since he joined the blue half of Manchester and he can help City secure their first ever Champions League home win.

Silva joined the club from Valencia and he has become one of the best midfielders in Europe. He is a World Cup winner and he will probably go on to one day play for Real Madrid or Barcelona.

City should have few problems overcoming the Yellow Submarine, they have lost their opening two games in the group and they are clearly not up to the task of Champions League football.



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