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Rupert Wyman 15th Dec 2010 - 13:48

Ade renews his Turin link

Manchester City have been rocked this week by the news from Tevez that he cannot see his long-term future being with the club that took him across Manchester. The fans adore him, the players look up to him and he is the club captain.

He has put in a transfer request and he will be sitting down later this week to talk about his future with Mancini. Tevez is just one of several first team players that have stayed in the UK this week in preparation for the Premier League clash against Everton on Monday.

Tevez's participation is not important because Manchester City have already qualified for the next phase of the Europa League. However, they are not guaranteed to qualify from the group in top spot and that can only be assured if they beat the Old Lady in Turin.

Juventus have not been disgraced in the Europa League and the reason for their failure to qualify for the knock-out stage can be put down to their inability to take their chances.

Surprisingly Juventus are unbeaten in the group and they can be backed at 6/4 to win in ninety minutes, they are a proud side and although they will have one eye on the Serie A clash against Chievo at the weekend, they will not want to lose to the former Inter Milan manager Mancini's City side.

A likely result could be the draw (9/4), the teams will be quite fairly balanced and neither side will be going into fifty/fifty challenges.  The Old Lady has recorded five straight draws in Europe but they are tricky at home and a Manchester City win at 9/5 looks unlikely.

Juventus, like Manchester City have impressed in the league this season and they have not lost since being beaten 3-1 by Palermo in late September.

A player that will be looking to impress ion Thursday is Adebayor, he has patiently sat on the bench this season and his future is definitely away from the club whilst Mancini is manager. He has been linked with a move to Tottenham in January but a move to Italy seems more likely.

He has been linked with AC Milan and Juventus recently and he is 13/2 to score anytime. He was a superb striker at Arsenal but he just needs more minutes to find some form.

You can back only Manchester City to score at 15/4 but considering Juventus' league form, both teams to score at 8/11 looks more viable. City are an attacking team, they have nothing to lose because they have already qualified but Mancini will want to top the group.

Juventus may end up playing a counter-attacking style of football at home and the over 2.5 goals market looks a solid bet at 19/20.  A high scoring 3-3 draw is available at 66/1 but the more likely 2-2 draw is 14/1.

It is difficult tipping up potential goalscorers due to the uncertainty surrounding both teams starting eleven. In a dead rubber of a match, I would have a wager on the draw, you only need to look as far as Juventus' Europa League results.



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