Not since 2008-09, before Pep Guardiola’s appearance, have City had the fewest points (twelve)from their initial 12 Premier League matches. Man city have scored just 10 goals , in the interim, is the least they have overseen since 2006-07 when completing fourteenth under Stuart Pearce. Man City might be an altogether extraordinary club now, however they have surely not begun the season like an European force to be reckoned with and Guardiola needs to get a reaction out of his players.
The uplifting news for the Catalan coach, who signed another two-year bargain a week ago, is that progress to the last 16 of the Champions League looks pretty daily schedule starting here.
City won Porto 3-1 in their initial group match and have disregarded Marseille and Olympiacos by a similar 3-0 scoreline, giving them nine points from nine matches.
A point against Greek bosses Olympiacos on Wednesday should sufficiently be able to oversee City with two games away to Porto and home to Marseille still to play. Olympiacos preferably need a triumph to keep alive their thin any expectations of advancing, having lost to Porto and Man City in their last two games without scoring.
Pedro Martins’ side beat Marseille in their opening match, however, and they were not as terrible in the converse group with City as the scoreline recommends. Olympiacos have just won one of their last eight games against English groups in European rivalry, yet that solitary triumph came against Arsenal in February. This will be City’s first away game against a Greek adversary since February 2011, then, when they draw with Aris Thessaloniki in the Europa League.
Man City are hoping to win their four Champions League games for the second time under Guardiola, three years on from last accomplishing that feat.
The guests have won their last two games in the opposition without conceding a goal and, regardless of their disillusioning home form, we can see them expanding that sudden spike in this match. Hence, bet on Man City to win the upcoming match.