Manchester City v South China Preview

July 22, 2013 | By

2013 Premier League Asia Trophy Free Bets No Deposit RequiredThe 2013 Barclays Asia Trophy continues on wednesday evening, with Manchester City taking on South China from the Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 13:00pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Manchester City v South China Preview, 2013 Barclays Asia Trophy, Wednesday 24th July 2013

Manuel Pellegrini has come into replace Roberto Mancini after a disappointing season and will look at this tournament as the perfect way to show fans of what they can look forward too in the new campagin starting in just a few weeks time. Manchester City were involved in this competition back in 2005, but could only manage 3rd place and with the squad having been improved significantly over the years since then, anything but winning this tournament would be seen as a failure, so the pressure will certainly be on new boss Pellegrini.

South China are the hosts of this tournament and will be looking to do a lot better than their 4th place finish in their previous appearance back in 2007 and with the matches being played at their home ground where they play in their domestic Hong Kong First Division for which they have won the title an incredible 41 times, they definitely won’t be lacking in support from the fans and will obviously fancy their chances against Manchester City.

Manchester City v South China Team News

Manchester City Team News:

Manuel Pellegrini has made his intentions very clear about winning this tournament having included new signings Fernandinho and Jesus Navas in the squad. Both players will definitely see some action during this tournament along with the familiar faces of David Silva, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri, Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart who make up the real backbone of the side and youngsters Denis Suarez and Devante Cole will also be hoping to get some valuable experience on the big stage.

South China Team News:

I don’t really know a great deal of information about this South China side, but I do know they have won their domestic league title an incredible 41 times and do have some interesting players like their Brazilian’s Joel Bertoti Padilha, Dhiego Martins, Aender Naves, João Emir and Ticão along with a couple of Australians Liu Stephen Garlock and Jovo Pavlović.

How many of these will be involved in the starting lineup to face Manchester City is anybody’s guess, but they do certainly have sufficient firepower up front to cause Manuel Pellegrini problems.

Manchester City v South China Recent Form

Manchester City: L W W L L

South China: D W L L L

Neither side have been in great form recently, but Manchester City just edge it having won 2 of their last 5 games played compared to South China who have manged just 1 victory from their last 5.

Both sides head into this game having lost 3 matches each from their last 5 played.

Manchester City v South China Match Betting Odds Market.

Manchester City will definitely want to win this tournament and with their current squad of players that if traded in could buy you a whole island of your own taking part, no surprise to see the online bookmakes going huge odds on of 1/12 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets for New Customers.

The Draw probably has more chance of happening than a South China win, but with odds of 10/1 from Bet365 – £200 Free Bets for New Customers available, it really would take a brave person to take this option.

South China seem to completely dominate their own domestic league having won the title and incredible 41 times, but as recent history suggests, when they come up against Premiership sides they do seem to struggle as their 4th place finish in this tournament back in 2007 suggests, so it really would take a miracle to see them winning this match and why the online bookmakers are offering out a huge price of  16/1 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets for New Customers.

Manchester City v South China Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

This should be one way traffic the whole game as with Manuel Pellegrini desperate to get his management tenure off to a good start, he will definitely want to this tournament and that will surely mean him playing his strongest side available which should also include the new high profile signings.

South China do have home advantage and their fans will obviously be fully behind them no matter how many Manchester City score on wednesday, but this result can only go one way in my opinion and that is a very comfortable Manchester City victory by at least a three goal margin.

Not a great deal of betting opportunities available here with Manchester City being such a short price, but their could be some value in the anytime goalscorer markets and i’m going for new signing Jesus Navas to grab one at some point during the game at decent odds from BetVictor.

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