Manchester City are just a short stone's-throw away from a place in the ~Champions League group stages
New Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has certainly made an impression at the Etihad Stadium and with three wins from his first three competitive games in charge of the Citizens, he will be confident of making it four when Steaua Bucharest come to town on Wednesday evening.
Much was expected of the former Bayern Munich manager and there is no doubt that he has delivered. City’s Premier League campaign started with an unconvincing victory over Sunderland but more emphatic wins followed when Bucharest were put to the sword to the tune of 5-0 and Stoke City were demolished 4-1 at the Britannia Stadium, never an easy place to secure maximum points.
Naturally, the City boss is delighted with these results and he also believes that further improvement is just around the corner.
“I realise how good the players are, I am a lucky guy because the quality of the players here is amazing,” he said following the victory at the Britannia. “They run and fight for each other, and today we played in one of the toughest places of the season.
“It was a pity we created a lot in the second half but the last pass was not correct. It’s OK, we are going to improve. Our back four was very good but everyone was excellent.”
Argentinian Sergio Aguero could so easily have bagged five goals in the first leg of this Champions League qualifier and whilst he missed twice from the penalty spot, he did achieve a hat-trick in Romania in what was a comprehensive victory. We believe that another relatively easy night is on the cards in this mid-week second leg, however at odds of just 1/5 for a City victory we’ll be hunting elsewhere for some better prices.
You can get your hands on a decent 31/40 for a City win-to-nil with BetVictor and while City have only recorded a single clean-sheet in three matches this term they certainly weren’t troubled too much by the Bucharest attack in the first leg and we don’t feel that they will be troubled much in the home leg on Wednesday.
Obviously one must consider Sergio Aguero when it comes to goalscorer and given that he opened the scoring against Sunderland and has grabbed himself six in all competitions this season, we’ll be backing Aguero to break the deadlock with the first goal against Steaua at 5/2 with Paddy Power.