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City on the Brink of Quarterfinals Spot

Yaya Toure Manchester City Champions League

A draw away to Norwich at the weekend was more than likely the final nail in the coffin for Manchester City’s Premier League title chances, but the Citizens are on the brink of advancing to the quarterfinal stages of the Champions League. They host Dynamo Kiev in the return leg of their Round of 16 matchup as the quest for European football’s biggest prize continues Tuesday.

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  • Six of Manchester City’s seven Champions League games have gone OVER 2.5 goals.
  • Manchester City has lost two of its last three home games in all competitions.
  • Dynao Kiev has won two of its three away matches in the Champions League.

Manchester City is presently -175 in moneyline markets at online shop Bet365 while Dynamo Kiev is +550 and the Draw is +333. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 2.5 goals is -143 while UNDER 2.5 goals is +110.

Save for a pair of losses to Italian giants Juventus, Manchester City has certainly saved its best football for the Champions League. The Citizens ran roughshod over the Ukrainian side in the first meeting. Goals from Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Yaya Toure paced the Citizens to a 3-1 win in Ukraine, almost assuring them safe passage to the quarters even before the return leg in Manchester.

Kiev had one of the easier groups in the previous stage and is far out of its element here. Wins over the likes of Maccabi Tel Aviv and FC Porto were enough to get through the group stage and into the Round of 16, but as the quality grows, Kiev’s chances diminish. The Ukrainian side has a monumental task ahead of it in Manchester but with the way City is playing, coupled with the fact that the Citizens are in danger of losing a Champions League spot in the Premier League table, the chances are near impossible for Dynamo.

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