Nasri can continue improvement to provide punters with safety net

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At 9/4 to find the net at any time against Porto, Ladbrokes’ offer to refund losing first goalscorer bets if Samir Nasri scores looks very appealing.

With squad rotation more prominent at Manchester City than arguably any other club in the world, Nasri should get the chance to start at Porto and build on the glimpses of the form from his pre-City days, that he has begun to show in recent Premier League outings.

Both sides have an abundance of attacking talent, Nasri’s chances of notching will be improved by his advanced position just behind City’s strikers.

Mario Balotelli could return, and the 9/2 for him to score first looks better than the same price for Sergio Aguero, who is likely to start on the bench.

Adam Johnson may too feature from the off, and 10/1 odds look too big for the winger to hit the opener, while Porto’s powerful Brazilian Hulk is a tempting 11/2 to break the deadlock.

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