Despite sitting on just two points after four Champions League Group E fixtures, Manchester City’s come-from-behind win at home to Bayern Munich last time out means they go into their final mini-league match against Roma with a live chance of qualifying at 1/1 odds.
Of course, it could all go wrong so quickly…
Due to head-to-head records superseding goal difference in the Champions League, Roma – who are a fraction of a point shorter to go through at 19/20 – will reach the knockout rounds in the event of a 0-0 draw as long as CSKA Moscow don’t beat Bayern in Bavaria.
Such an outcome kills City’s hopes in any event after Roma took a 1-1 away from the Etihad at the end of September; simply put, Pellegrini’s men have to score in the Stadio Olimpico.
However, a 1-1 draw would suffice for City, provided Pep Guardiola’s side claim the home victory football watchers expect at 2/7, although even a CSKA draw would mean Vincent Kompany and co need a win to stay in the competition.
Were City to lose in Italy’s capital, the 11/5 odds about Pellegrini’s side retaining their Premier League title would surely need revising down, as there wouldn’t even be Europa League fare on the menu in the blue half of Manchester after Christmas, giving them plenty of rest between weekends.
That fate may even befall them if the dreaded 0-0 is registered at the final whistle, but only in the event of an unlikely 9/1 win for the Russians at the Allianz Arena, although with the Bundesliga champions already through as group winners that can’t quite be ruled out.
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