Champions League – Qualification: Steaua Bucuresti vs Manchester City

Steaua Bucuresti vs Manchester City Betting Tip and Predictions. In the first leg of the final stage of qualification for the UEFA Champions League, Steaua Bucuresti take on Manchester City. Read below betting preview, useful info and betting predictions for the match between Steaua Bucuresti vs Manchester City.

Steaua Bucuresti didn’t have many lucky at draw in the qualification for Champions League and they will play against the hardest possible opponent in the final match – Manchester City. They have group phase of Europa League in their pocket, but they will try to make a surprise and reach their place in the best European football competition. In the previous round they’ve eliminated Sparta Prague and they believe that can make another step forward. Home side started very good in Liga 1 with three consecutive wins and the atmosphere in team is great. Two important players Alexandru Chipciu (Anderlecht) and Fernando Varela (PAOK) left the club, but on the other side they brought few replacements such as Florin Tanase and William.

Manchester City started this season with victory against Sunderland 2-1 in Premier League, but they weren’t impressive. They scored the first goal from the penalty spot, while the credits for the second goal went to McNair (Sunderland) who scored an own goal. Manchester City’s players didn’t adapt on Pep Guardiola‘s tactics, but they will have enough time to improve their performance. They are favorites to qualify in the group phase of the Champions League, but they will have to improve their performance and show that on the pitch. In the defence Ottamendi should take his place. “Hopefully he can play. Steaua Bucharest play with long balls and of course Nico is so important. – said Pep Guardiola for the official Manchester City website. Joe Hart, who lost his place in the first round in Premier League, could be in the first eleven.

Team News

Home side miss Pintilii and Filip. Manchester City will be without Yaya Toure which future is in doubt after Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola leaves him out of Champions League play-off squad. Leroy Sane, Kompany, Ilkay Gundogan, Wilfried Bony, Samir Nasri and Eliaquim Mangala are all stay in Manchester and didn’t travel with squad.

Steaua Bucuresti vs Manchester City Predicted Lineups

Steaua Bucuresti: Nita, Enache, Tamas, Tosca, Momcilovic, Achim, Bourceanu, Popa, Hamroun, Stanciu, Golubovic.
Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy, Fernando, Sterling, de Bruyne, Silva, Nolito, Aguero.

Steaua Bucuresti vs Manchester City Prediction

Manchester City have very strong squad and they are favorite to reach the group phase of the UEFA Champions League, but they are not impressive at the start of the season. For Romanian team the first match is more important and they will try to do their best in order to stay unbeaten. I expect interesting match between Steaua Bucuresti vs Manchester City and believe that home team won’t lose with more than one goal difference, if they lose at all.

Steaua Bucuresti vs Manchester City Betting Tip: Steaua +1.5 Ah @ 1.60 (Bet365)

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