Man City vs Lech Poznan – Mancini out to overtake Group A leaders

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Manchester City have proved hard to beat at Eastlands in European competition and this shows the task facing Lech Poznan if they want to remain at the head of Group A in the Europa League.

City have not lost in their last eight matches at home in Europe and are 1/5 to beat Lech Poznan and regain top spot in the group.

However, they have drawn their last four matches with Polish opposition and the likelihood of a victory will largely depend on the strength of the team selected by Roberto Mancini, especially as Arsenal visit Eastlands in their next Premier League game.

Shaun Wright-Phillips is likely to be given a run out in an advanced role and could represent a good bet at 7/1 to be the first goalscorer against Lech Poznan.

The visitors have already slightly surprised by taking four points from their opening two Group A games and are 14/1 to cause another shock and beat Manchester City.

Artjoms Rudnevs is one of the competition’s joint top scorers with three goals and he is available at 12/1 to break the deadlock against Roberto Mancini’s men.

Juventus and Red Bull Salzburg clash in the other Group A encounter and both are still seeking their first win in this year’s Europa League.

Salzburg have only won one of their five home previous meetings with Italian opposition, but are 7/2 to beat Juventus.

Coach Huub Stevens does have a good record against Italian teams from his managerial spells at Salzburg and Schalke and has avoided defeat in all three of his home games.

Juventus are unbeaten is six European games and are 5/6 to win in Austria.

Despite currently sitting in second spot in Group A, Manchester City are 4/7 to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League as group winners. See the full Group A winners betting odds market.

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Craig Kemp

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