Thursday’s English Europa League previews
Both English sides will have to overcome deficits in their second-leg clashes if they are to progress in the Europa League.
Man City (4/9) v Dynamo Kiev (7/1) (18:00 - live on ESPN).
Andriy Shevchenko inspired the Ukrainian side to a massive 2-0 lead in the first leg and Manchester City have a big task on their hands if they are to make it to last eight.
Kiev outplayed City for most of the first match and after beating Turkish side Besiktas 8-1 on aggregate in the last round, they are certainly no pushovers.
Man City have been solid at home this season though, in the league and in Europe. In the group stages they won two and drew one at Eastlands scoring seven and conceding just two in the process. They will need a big crowd behind them from the start though as an early goal is vital.
With Roberto Mancini's team required to attack from the outset and a really strong side needing to be named, I really fancy City to do well here and silence a few critics.
The price of 2/1 on them qualifying for the next round has to be where the value lies. At 4/9 to win in 90 minutes, I prefer to back them to win comfortably and either take it to extra time or turning the whole tie around and going through in normal time.
They will have to try and get an early goal which makes the 11/10 on Man City/Man City in the double result market worth a look.
In the first leg, they rested Carlos Tevez and if he brought straight back to the starting line-up you have to fancy him to be among the goals. He is 5/2 to score first, 4/7 anytime or 5/2 to score two or more at anytime. All are definitely worth a look.
Edin Dzeko was expected to build on his two goals against Aris Salonika in the second leg of the previous round, but he looked rather out of ideas up front on his own with service at a premium. At home with a different line-up he could easily bag a goal or two and is 3/1 to score first.
Although they were disappointing in the first leg and didn't deserve a thing from the game, I think Dynamo Kiev will be out of their depth for this match - away from the frozen pitch in Ukraine. Man City will surely put out their best squad available and really go for it. They certainly have the quality to qualify.
Liverpool (4/9) v Braga (7/1) (20:05 - live on Five)
Liverpool's situation is a lot like Manchester City's; down from the first leg, albeit only 1-0, and more than capable of turning it around at home against arguably inferior opposition.
Liverpool, who have improved under Kenny Dalglish, must fancy their chances of winning by more than one goal and qualifying which is priced at 4/6 (Braga qualifying is 11/10).
After all they are playing a side who are struggling in a limited Portuguese Super Liga.
Braga are sixth in their domestic top flight and a massive 31 points behind leaders Porto and as Liverpool possess much better players who play at a much higher standard each week, they should moved into the next round with ease.
As they need a couple of goals and should really go for it, I like the look of Liverpool -1 goal at 5/4 in the handicaps.
Andy Carroll is expected to start on the bench again and Luis Suarez is ineligible so Dirk Kuyt and David Ngog might be expected to chip in with goals and both are 10/3 to score first.
Although City have a trickier prospect, overturning two goals against Kiev, I honestly think it is well within the capabilities of both clubs to qualify for the next round. If you agree then I will point you to our latest Match Winner special which offers 5/1 that both sides make it through to the last eight.