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Polish win puts Manchester City through in Group A

| 04.11.2010

Manchester City know that a victory in Poland over Lech Poznan will confirm their qualification from the group stages of the Europa League, but the hosts may be encouraged to perform strongly in their first game under new management.

A disappointing start to the domestic Polish season has seen Lech Poznan replace coach Jacek Zieliński with former Barcelona captain José Maria Bakero and the Spaniard will want to immediately put his stamp on the team against Manchester City.

Lech currently sit second in Group A and will boost their chances of reaching the last 32 of the Europa League by beating Manchester City, which can be backed at 4/1.

Manchester City are 8/11 to beat Lech and extend their run to six wins in their last seven European games.

Meanwhile, Manchester City have won both of their away games in the competition this season without conceding a goal and have only been defeated once in their nine previous games in Poland.

Juventus are still searching for their first Group A victory and know that a failure to win at home to Salzburg will leave them in an awkward spot in their quest to qualify for the knockout stages.

A positive note is that they have triumphed in all seven of their previous home games against Austrian opposition and Juventus are 3/10 to beat Salzburg.

Salzburg’s chances are also not helped by the fact that they are on a five-game winless streak in European competition and have not won any of their four games on their travels this season.

Defeat will as good as end their hopes of reaching the last 16 and Salzburg are 8/1 to cause a shock and inflict a first European defeat on Juventus during the current campaign.

Salzburg have left with a victory on two of their previous five visits to Italy. See the whole Juventus vs Salzburg match betting odds market.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.