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Stuart Dalgleish 15th Apr 2009 - 16:24

Hamburg will have City singing the Blues

After another disappointing away result Manchester City have it all to do at Eastlands if they're to make the semi-finals.

Mark Hughes' team had been on excellent home form up until the defeat against Fulham so will need to re-find their touch if they wish to play in Europe next season, this match represents the only realistic chance that City will have of European football as they sit six points off seventh place with trips to Everton, Man United and Tottenham to come.

The Blues have been extremely inconsistent in this season's UEFA Cup so expect the unexpected - given the relatively easy task of seeing off FC Midtjylland earlier in the competition the Manchester side lost 1-0 at home then had to rely on a 90th minute own goal then penalties to squeeze past the Danish outfit, after that they won four European games in a row, so it's anybody's guess which Man City team will turn up in this time.

City are favourites to win the match at odds of 19/20 but they'll have to win by two goals or more to get through. 2-0 to the home team would be good enough for a last four spot and that can be backed at 11/2, Man City just to qualify by any means is an 11/4 shot. The draw wouldn't be any good for Shay Given and co but the Germans would be delighted for it to finish all square on the night and that is available at 12/5. HSV are huge favourites to win on aggregate at 1/4 but if you think they can rub salt in to City's wounds and win the match at the City of Manchester Stadium then you'll be tempted by the price of 29/10.

If City are to get through this tie and reach the semi-finals then they'll need Brazilian enigma Robinho to get his shooting boots back on, the £32.5 million man hasn't scored in his last 15 games and only has one goal from eight UEFA Cup outings. He's 5/1 to open the scoring in this game or 5/4 to grab a goal at any point of the 90 minutes. Republic of Ireland international Stephen Ireland has scored two in his last two appearances and is a great price at 10/1 to make it three consecutive scoring games with the first of the night.

For Martin Jol's Hamburg Peruvian hit-man Paolo Guerrero has scored three goals in his last four matches and is 8/1 to strike first in the game or 11/4 to notch one at anytime of the match.

Whatever happens over the course of the tie you can be sure that William Hill will have all the angles covered with our brilliant betlive service providing you with a wealth of in-running options for you to bet on right up until the final whistle, even if that includes extra-time and penalties (which City certainly aren't adverse to).

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