Manchester City can edge a confident Roma side when the teams meet at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City are ready to go all guns blazing against Roma after losing their opening Champions League match. The 1-0 defeat at the Allianz Arena means that nothing less than three points are required and their manager is ready to reinstate Joe Hart between the sticks
“It’s a crucial game because Roma won their first match and we lost, so it’s important at home to win our first three points,” Pellegrini said. “It will be a very tough group and we cannot drop points here at home. It’s very important for us to win that game.
“I hope that the team will play the same way as we have this week. I’m very happy with all the performances, against Chelsea, against Sheffield Wednesday and on Saturday. I hope we can continue to stay in the same way.”
The home side can be backed at 7/10 to claim victory although the last two home matches at the Etihad Stadium have seen City lose against Stoke City before a 1-1 draw against Chelsea. There have been defensive lapses and new signing Mangala suffered a poor performance against Hull City even if the visitors won 4-2 on Saturday.
“It’s part of being a defender,” captain Vincent Kompany said. “If your children ever choose to play football, sign them up as strikers and then this won’t happen to them. There’s no harm done. It’s part of the game. Sometimes you say: get these things out of the way early.
“As a defender, it’s a bit like being a goalkeeper, you kind of know these things will happen to you. You just never know when. It’s an honest error. There’s nothing wrong with it and it will happen again to me, to him, to anyone else. That’s just the nature of it. I can mention the own goal I scored at Fulham last year. I think that is still on a few trailers for Sky Sports.”
Kompany can ensure his City defence have a rock solid look about it, with Roma arriving with a 100% record although CSKA Moscow could well be the whipping boys in this Champions League group and the Italian side might incur the wrath of a side with a point to prove at both ends of the pitch.
Manchester City to win 1-0 @ 8/1 with BetVictor
Manchester City to win 2-0 @ 9/1 with BetVictor
All odds were correct at time of posting.