Champions League Round of 16: Dynamo Kiev vs Man. CityPublished February 24, 2016 by Sol FH
After two harsh losses, can Manchester City bounce back and win the first leg match of the Round of 16 against Dynamo Kiev? Watch all the action tonight at 19:45 GMT.
Manchester City begin their first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 tonight against Dynamo Kiev at NSC Olimpiyskiy. City are coming off three back-to-back-to-back losses; two in the Premier League, and a humiliating loss to Chelsea 5-1 in the FA Cup. Manuel Pellegrini came under fire for playing six teenagers in the match against Chelsea, but Pellegrini justified his decision to play the young squad in order to rest his star players for tonight's Champions League clash.
The Chilean manager will still have trouble on the pitch with striker Wilfied Bony, midfielders Samir Nasri and Fabian Delph, as well as wingers Jesus Navas and Kevin de Bruyne all out for tonight. Eliaquim Mangala will be back in action for City, and Pelligrini will likely play a similar squad from their loss to Tottenham in the Premier League last week for tonight's match.
Dynamo Kiev are well-rested. In fact, they may be way too rested after not having played a competitive game since their last group stage win against Maccabi Tel Aviv on December 9. That is due to the winter break in freezing cold Ukraine, but the squad is ready to leave it all on the pitch against City.
Manager Sergei Rebrov almost has his full squad to choose from, with the exception of winger Andriy Yarmolenko, still questionable after a knee injury in the last round of the Champions League.
Round of 16 Wagering Markets
Even with three losses in a row, and many of their top players out with injuries, Manchester City are still heavy favorites to win tonight. Bet365 has posted markets in favor of City at 2.00, while Kiev are at 4.00. The draw of 3.40 could be the best bet, as Manchester and Kiev will both be playing for a much-needed win tonight. There will also be a ton of live in-play markets throughout the match.