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Nic Ladds 30th Jan 2010 - 15:20

Citizens to run riot at Eastlands

It's rich v poor on Sunday dinner time as moneybags Manchester City welcome debt-ridden Portsmouth to the City of Manchester Stadium. An unlikely victory for Pompey wouldn't even be enough to take them off the foot of the table; the three points look more likely to stay at Eastlands however which would see City lifted into joint fourth.

Man City (3/10) are unbeaten at home this season and even at such a short price - it looks as certain as any bet this year. Should they avoid defeat in this match it will be their longest top-flight unbeaten run since 1981.

Portsmouth (9/1) are having a contrasting season, bottom of the table and facing a winding-up order - the speculation surround the club is clearly having an effect on the team's performances on the field.

Pompey have not won away at Man City since 1963, and considering they have won just one of their last 23 Premier League away matches - who can honestly see anything over than a comprehensive home win?

Roberto Mancini will be glad to see Kolo Toure back from ACN and Wayne Bridge back in contention for a first team place from injury. However Joleon Lescott, Roque Santa Cruz and Patrick Vieira are still out with injuries. The Citizens will be hoping Carlos Tevez can add to his tally of ten goals in his last eight games and you can get 3/1 on him to get the first goal.

Adebayor (10/3 first goal) and Bellamy (9/2) have both chipped in with goals this season, getting six each and you can get decent prices on both adding to their tally here.

Avram Grant does not quite have the same wealth of talent to choose from but he does welcome loanee Jamie O'Hara back from Tottenham but with Younes Kaboul and Asmir Begovic looking likely to go in the opposite direction, the squad looks a bit thin.

Kanu, Nadir Belhadj and Hassan Yebda are all still at the ACN and Tommy Smith and Bouba Diop are doubtful. With all this in mind, Man City look even stronger favourites. If they are to possibly get on the score sheet it is going to have to come from midfield from someone such as Kevin Prince-Boateng (6/1 anytime) or new signing Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (11/2 anytime).

City will be looking to bounce back from their heartache of being knocked out of the Carling Cup semi-final by rivals Man Utd and I expect they will do it in style. With the huge gulf in class on and off the field, Man City will be seeing this as an easy three points in the bag.

I would be tempted by the 21/10 on City on the -2 handicap but the 11/2 on 3-0 looks a bit tastier. I really can't see Portsmouth getting anything from this game, averaging an embarrassing 0.5 goals per game shows just how poor they are in front of goal.

The form book and the history book are all against Pompey and they will be lucky to come out of this game with any credit. With Tevez, Bellamy and Adebayor all expected to line up - goals will be aplenty and my money will be going on Tevez and Bellamy to both score at any time at 14/5 and over 3 match goals at 19/10.




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