Manchester City has always been a good pick for sports betting odds. But what do you know about the EPL club in recent times? You’re in luck, though, as we have news on the Cityzens for you.
Booking a Spot In the Semis
In the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup, Manchester City will meet Nathan Jones’ Southampton team on the road. The victors will go to the semi-finals, which will be played over two legs, in their quest for domestic trophy triumph this year.
Newcastle advanced by defeating Leicester City, Manchester United triumphed over Charlton Athletic, and Nottingham Forest faces Wolves in a matchup that might determine who advances. Premier League leaders Arsenal are being chased by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, who will be hoping a trophy win will give them a morale boost.
Man City Dominates Chelsea Again
The dismal Blues have the lowest XG in years, meaning they could have played Man City ten times yet still need to be netted. The worrying number comes from Chelsea’s lack of an offensive threat versus Manchester City. A few days ago, the Blues lost 4-0 to the Citizens in the FA Cup, despite having 0.09 XG in their favor.
The likelihood of a team scoring is computed based on the chances they produce on average. It depends on several factors, such as whether the assist came from the head or the foot, how much of an angle, and how far the shot has to travel to be considered successful.
Chelsea’s XG total was the lowest in five seasons in all competitions. The fact that it took Chelsea over ten games to finally score a goal is the most significant cause for alarm on their overall record.
Manchester City recorded an XG of 2.82 and outscored it by 1.18 during the game. Alan Shearer, a former attacker for Newcastle United, criticized the Blues’ clumsy approach to the match’s first period.
It has been reported that Premier League winners Manchester City would recall striker Liam Delap from Stoke City this month, in the middle of his loan agreement.
After two stellar seasons in Manchester City’s youth academy following his transfer from Derby County, the 19-year-old center forward made the step to the senior men’s team in preparation for the upcoming 2022/23 season. Unfortunately for the England youth international, his road into the first-team squad was slightly hampered by the additions of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund and Julian Alvarez from River Plate; thus, he was advised to pursue further development elsewhere in England.
Despite making 23 appearances for Stoke City in all competitions, Delap has only scored three goals. This is a significant drop from the 30 goals and six assists he racked up in just 27 games for Manchester City and their youth teams in the 2020/21 season.
Gvardiol Linked To City
French media have reported that RB Leipzig central defender Josko Gvardiol wants to join Manchester City. Several clubs have been said to have made approaches for the Croatian international, including the Premier League champions Chelsea and Manchester United. Nevertheless, Leipzig is demanding roughly €110m (£97.6m), and Gvardiol has lately stated that he will not force a transfer out from the Bundesliga club.
Gvardiol has concluded that a transfer to the Etihad will benefit his career and that the Reds would not compete with them for his signature. Given the magnitude of the transaction, City must be convinced that the defender possesses all the necessary qualities before committing to a transfer next summer.
The people in charge at City have noted Liam Delap’s troubles, and a new report claims the club is considering moving him during the winter transfer window in the hopes that he may rediscover his goal-scoring touch at a new club.
The recent on-field success of Manchester City has been a source of optimism for fans and evidence of the club’s strong leadership and dedication to excellence. The club’s off-field community service and youth education initiatives have had and will continue to impact the area significantly.