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Stuart Dalgleish 8th Apr 2009 - 14:15

Travel sick City won’t find a cure in Germany

Man City travel to Hamburg knowing that they must address their away form if they're to have any chance of playing in Europe next season.

Whilst the Blues are a force for most teams at Eastlands they'll give themselves too much to do if they don't put in a solid performance in this first leg quarter-final tie.

Mark Hughes' side have been without a victory on their travels since winning at Schalke 04 in November, the last time they visited Germany, 13 unsuccessful away days have followed as City have slipped well off the pace in the battle to qualify for a European spot.

In contrast Martin Jol's team are very much in contention for a place in Europe, Europe's premier competition - the Champions League. If Hamburg had managed to rattle in a few more goals, the home team have scored the second lowest in the top half of the table, they would be sitting comfortably on top of the Bundesliga. As it is they share the same points tally as leaders Wolfsburg but are a massive 22 goals worse off than The Wolves.

The hosts have won eight of their last nine home league games but City will take some comfort in the fact that in Europe they're a different proposition in the HSH Nordbank Arena, HSV have only won two of their five home UEFA Cup ties.

Hamburg are favourites for the match but due to the growing injury list that manager Jol has had to deal with, up to eight key players could be missing for this game, you can back them at an attractive looking 21/20. I think Hughes would be happy to take the tie back to Manchester level and you can get odds of 11/5 on the game finishing all square. With City's away day blues you can understand why the Lancashire outfit are a 14/5 shot to win on the night.

The German side have two of the UEFA Cup's top scorers in Croatian duo Ivica Olić and Mladen Petrić, Olić has scored seven from his ten games and is a tempting price at 6/1 to open the scoring in this game. Strike partner Petrić has scored five goals from nine UEFA Cup games and is 11/2 to grab the first of the night.

Goals have been spread about the Man City team a bit more evenly, their top European scorer is winger Shaun Wright-Phillips with three to his name, the England star is a cracking price at 14/1 to score the first of the game or 11/2 to pounce at anytime of the match.

It's sure to be a tough test for City, make sure you join us at 19:45 to see how they get on and you can take advantage of our excellent betlive service which will be offering you a large range of in-running betting opportunities.

Hamburg v Man City - Thursday 19:45

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