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Feyenoord vs Manchester City UCL Odds, Picks And Live Score
Feyenoord vs Man City UCL Odds
Feyenoord return to the group stages of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in 15-years and you can bet your bottom dollar that the Dutch outfit is not there just to make up the numbers, although bookmakers think differently. Bovada, for example, price Feyenoord at +25000 to win the Champions League this season; only Celtic and Olympiakos have longer odds. Letâ€™s not kid ourselves here, Feyenoord are not going to win the UCL, not by any stretch of the imagination, but letâ€™s also not write off their chances of causing an upset or two while they are still in the tournament.
The reigning Dutch champions, under the guidance of former player Giovanni van Bronckhorst, won the Eredivisie by one point from Ajax. Feyenoord only lost four of their 34 games, scoring 86 goals and only conceding 25. While it is true that the Dutch league is not as strong as it once was, you can only beat what is put in front of you and Feyenoord did win 26 league games last season.
Feynoord are a good attacking team, one that scored an impressive 67 goals in 17 home fixtures last season. It is also worth noting that you have to go back to December 8 when Feyenoord played Fenerbache in the Europa League to find the last time they failed to score a goal on home soil. Combine this scoring prowess with Cityâ€™s lack of defensive capability and you have a recipe for goals and lots of them, which is why I like the look of the over 3.5 goals market at a generous +125.
This is Manchester Cityâ€™s sixth consecutive group stage campaign although the Blues do not have the best record in the competition. Take away their semi-finals appearance in the 2015-16 season and City have crashed out of the Champions League in the group stages twice and the last 16 on three occasions. Many pundits believe City could go all the way and win the Champions League this season as is evident by their +1100 odds on doing so, which prices them as sixth-favorites.
Beware of Rotterdam's Underdogs
However, Pep Guardiolaâ€™s side may be flying high in the English Premier League but they have been less than convincing while picking up points. As is often the case, Cityâ€™s captain Vincent Kompany is doubtful to play as he picked up yet another injury. Without Kompany, City are much weaker in defense and against a team who attack as well as Feyenoord, this could spell trouble.
One thing in Cityâ€™s favour is their own wealth of attacking options. The likes of Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero look like they are going to score every time they receive the ball while Kevin De Bruyne looks back to his brilliant best. Speaking of De Bruyne, he is due a goal. In the 2015-16 season, the Belgian star scored 22 goals in 56 appearances in all competitions, but only managed seven goals in 52 games last season. He has now gone eight games without scoring yet I fancy him to get on the score sheet today and you can find odds of +185 on that happening.
On paper, City should be far too strong for Feyenoord and this is reflected in the -300 odds on a City victory. Even with a -1.5 spread, City are still +100 to return to Manchester with their first three points of the tournament. One market that does look attractive, however, is the draw at +425.
While I cannot see Feyenoord sneaking a victory in this fixture, they do have a phenomenal home record and City have stuttered to date despite a 5-0 drubbing of 10-man Liverpool last weekend. The Dutch are capable of causing City all kinds of problems going forward and if they can thwart Cityâ€™s relentless attacks for a mere 90-minutes of soccer, they could secure their first point in the Champions League for a decade and a half.
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