Dzeko Faith Looks Well Founded

  • By: David John
  • Last Updated: November 20 2012, 19:19 GMT

Dzeko: Can get on the scoresheet at the Etihad

2pts Edin Dzeko to score anytime v Real Madrid at 11/4 (Hills).

Manchester City's David Silva made a good point this week concerning his side in the Champions League.

A couple of years ago they were battling to even qualify for the competition and now after winning the Premier League, fans and pundits expect them to now simply stroll through and lift the trophy.

Silva admits that City are a still very much on a learning curve on the top table in Europe and only two wins from their remaining two matches will give them any hope of making the next stage this season.

Unfortunately, City close the group phase at home to Real Madrid on Wednesday and then at Borussia Dortmund so Roberto Mancini's side are going to have to pull something out of the hat to have a shot.

The problems have been on a number of different levels this season at Eastlands, starting with Joe Hart looking less dominant behind a slipshod defence.

There has been disharmony among some of the star names up front to add to the general malaise while Mancini himself has taken the bait when asked by the media about his future at the club.

But one bright spot has been Edin Dzeko and the former Wolfsburg striker is the club's joint-topscorer with seven goals - six coming from off the bench.

But Mancini is considering giving him his opportunity from the start and he could well be worth an interest at 11/4 to score anytime with goals looking very likely in this encounter.

The puzzle to solve for punters is that Dzeko seems to have thrived - for whatever reason - in his 'supersub' role while looking distinctly average when getting the nod from the start.

But he has at least this season shown his eye for a gol has returned and his manager seems to have every confidence in him as Mancini said: "He can start here - and he can play well and he can score."

I will take the hint.

Arsenal are in a much rosier place in terms of qualification and three points against Montpellier plus a victory for Schalke over Olympiakos would ensure progress for the Gunners with a match to spare.

They will face the French without the injured Theo Walcott but despite a rare defeat at the Emirates to Schalke this season, remain traditionally very strong at home.

Arsene Wenger has stressed his side will not be complacent but a Montepellier outfit that has just one point in this competition while also struggling domestically in Ligue 1 should in all truth be comfortably swept aside.

Arsenal to be leading at halftime/fulltime has paid out on 10 occasions in the last three years and was a tempting option but a best quote of 20/21 with Stan James was not so we shall leave this one alone.

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