Bet on Dzeko to get the goals now that Balotelli’s ruled out

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Manchester City’s riches are so vast, that when the news broke that there £22.5m striker was ruled out for a month, they could just replace him with a £27m striker.

Mario Balotelli faces up to four weeks on the sidelines and could potentially need knee surgery meaning Edin Dzeko will be thrown in at the deep end on Saturday and make his debut in a game Man City are 3/10 to win against Wolves.

Dzeko arrives in Manchester with a reputation after his goals helped his former club Wolfsburg to the 2009 Bundesliga title and the Bosnian striker had scored 10 goals in 17 games for Wolfsburg this season before his move to Man City.

He is already 4/1 to outscore his new rival Wayne Rooney in the league this season, and considering the Manchester United striker only has two goals, it’s not beyond the Bosnian centre-forward.

With 66 goals in 111 games for Wolfsburg, Dzeko has certainly proved that he is able to find the back of the net and he is 1/1 to open his Manchester City account against Wolves on Saturday.

Manchester City have been missing the spark in front of goal at Eastlands this season having scored just 14 goals in 11 games, but Dzeko has been brought in to improve this and if he hits the ground running, the Blues Premier League title odds will be cut.

City are currently 7/1 in the Premier League betting, behind Manchester United (4/6) and Arsenal (4/1), but ahead of reigning champions Chelsea (9/1).

It took Roman Abramovich until his third season before Chelsea managed to propser under his financial influence, but Sheikh Mansour will be hoping Roberto Mancini can lead his side to the title this season.

A £25 stake on Manchester City winning the Premier League would return £200. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.