Feyenoord v Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 11, 2017
De Kuip - Champions League
The odds are heavily on Manchester City but be careful of underestimating Feyenoord on a big Champions League night at De Kuip. The home side beat Manchester United here early last season and went unbeaten as they won the Eredivisie.
Manchester City haven’t previously played Feyenoord but lost on their last trip to Holland, 3-1at Ajax almost five years ago. City’s only other competitive trip to Holland brought a 1-1 draw at Twente way back in the 1970s.
Feyenoord are without their top scorer Danish international striker Nicolai Jorgensen but have Jean Boetius in good form and Michael Kramer likely to keep his place as Jorgensen’s stand-in after doing well in the Eredivisie at the weekend where Steven Berghuis scored twice in a 4-2 win at Heracles, the two conceded tripling the number of goals conceded so far this season.
City are likely to be without goalkeeper Ederson Moraes after he was stretchered off against Liverpool so Claudio Bravo is ready to continue. As usual City have a massive amount of options up front but are hoping Vincent Kompany can play to strengthen their expensive but unreliable defence.
Feyenoord v Manchester City Preview and Predictions
Back City to stroll this group that also includes Shakhtar Donetsk and Napoli but remember last year they started with 10 wins including a 5-0 Champions League away win and then were held 3-3 by Celtic at Parkhead. Similarly in this week’s clash one of these clubs has won this competition in the past and it isn’t City. As with a trip to Celtic a match under the lights at the De Kuip is likely to be tougher in practice than on paper, especially if City fail to take and an early lead.
Manchester City are 4/9 to win with odds on a draw 41/10 and Feyenoord 71/10 to win at their home ground. Like City, Feyenoord won their last home game 5-0. They have won their last four and bagged three in the first half hour away from home at the weekend so the Dutch champions and table-toppers are bursting with confidence.
The City slickers slaughtered Liverpool at the weekend but the Red were down to 10 men and City had struggled to hit their best form before then, albeit their away results have been good.
Guardiola has the Champions League know-how City have yet to develop and they should beat Feyenoord as they are a higher class side – but that was the case at Celtic and Don’t be too surprised if Feyenoord away is a tougher game than some imagine.
Steven Berghuis to score first at 15/1
Good odds for the ex-Watford man confident after scoring four in his last four and being backed by the famous De Kuip crowd.
Sergio Aguero to open the scoring at 16/5
Good odds on Aguero, partly because Jesus is the same price but Sergio is always worth backing, just as he was when he netted first v Liverpool at the weekend.