Its judgment day for Manchester City and Roberto Mancini as his side take on Ajax on in the Champions League on Tuesday, safe in the knowledge that only a win will do at the Etihad as we bring you the latest Man City Ajax odds.
Manchester City’s progress in the competition has been marred by inconsistency and a lack of composure, as the side sits at the foot of Group D with only one point to show for their troubles with three games played, and a win is now a must – as the Champions of England now lie six points behind table toppers Borussia Dortmund.
Despite remaining unbeaten in the Premiership so far this season, there are cracks starting to show behind the scenes, with Mario Balotelli in particular not happy at being substituted in their 0-0 with West Ham on the weekend, and is still apparent that Mancini is not 100% as to his starting XI, especially at the back, as he continues to chop and change and look for a partner to Kompany in the centre of defence.
Pablo Zabaleta returned to the bench on Sunday and he could start in place of Kolo Toure, who could leave the Etihad in January due to lack of first team action.
Zabaleta will no doubt come in and partner Vincent Kompany, who himself is looking short of the form the Belgian showed during the latter stages of last season, and if City are to make a late charge in the competition players such as himself will need to step up to the plate.
Micah Richards is out indefinitely with a knee problem, while James Milner is struggling with a hamstring strain and Joeen Lescott has a back problem.
With Balotelli once again likely to make an appearance from the bench, the emphasis once again shifts to Sergio Aguero, who is City’s top goalscorer in the competition, and he can be backed at a best price 4/1 to find the net first.
Frank De Boer will no doubt name the same side which triumphed in the reverse fixture last month 3-1, with the line being led by make shift centre forward Christian Eriksen, while defender Niklas Moisander will be looking to continue his excellent scoring run, having found the net against Real Madrid and City already this campaign.
Predictably, City are short looking 2/5 for victory, and that price should attract plenty of punters considering this really is a must win game. Ajax are priced up as 7/1 shots, and this looks just about right considering they misfired in a 2-0 defeat to Vitesse on Saturday.