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Bet Of The Day: Get Bettingpro.com’s best bet for Wednesday, September 18

Sergio Aguero (credit:Martin Rickett/PA Wire/PA Images)

If you are planning on placing just one bet on sport today you ought to make it the best bet possible. Our expert tipsters have been pawing over their favourite sports to pick out the best one just for you, free of charge!

Today's Best Bet: Wednesday, September 18


Leigh Copson: Back Sergio Aguero to score anytime, a goal to be scored in both halves & Man City -1 to beat Shakhtar Donetsk @ 3/1 Paddy Power

Manchester City dominated the domestic game last season as they completed a clean sweep of the silverware, winning the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup, but once again Champions League glory eluded them as they bowed out to Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-finals and they will be desperate to make sure that this is the year they finally rule over the continent. So can City make a winning start when they head to familiar territory for their group stage opener on Wednesday night?

If there is a sense of déjà vu surrounding this trip to Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donetsk there should be – these two clubs have gone head-to-head in the group stage of the Champions League in each of the previous two seasons, with City usually coming out on top. The Manchester club ran out 2-0 winners at the Etihad Stadium in September 2017 before losing a ‘dead rubber’, with a weakened team, a couple of months later. However, the Premier League champions did complete the double over Shakhtar last season, following up a 3-0 success in Ukraine with a 6-0 demolition at Eastlands, so it is no shock to see the bookmakers making City the odds-on favourites here.

They do not go into this match in fantastic form though. Having opened their Premier League campaign with a 5-0 rout of West Ham United, City dropped points in their second outing as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Spurs. They responded to that with back-to-back wins over Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove Albion, but a surprise 3-2 defeat at newly-promoted Norwich City saw them fall five points behind Liverpool in the title race and it was hardly the ideal result ahead of this long trek to face Shakhtar.

Guardiola is hardly panicking though, jokingly congratulating ‘September champions’ Liverpool, and who can blame him. There will be plenty more twists and turns between now and the end of the season and his team have hardly become a bad side overnight. Shock results like the loss at Carrow Road will occur from time to time but they should not dampen the confidence that City can roll into the Metalist Stadium and leave with all three points in the bag. Shakhtar have been in flawless form at the start of their domestic league campaign, reeling off seven straight victories to storm seven points clear at the summit, but they clearly have not faced a team anywhere near the calibre of this Manchester City outfit and that is highlighted by those previous meetings.

So it is not a case of will City win, more how will they win and how can we back them. Short odds have plagued us in our search for a good price, so we have turned to Paddy Power’s Same Game Multi feature where there is a very, very tempting bet to be had. City overcoming a one-goal handicap feels like something of a banker bet and that can confidently be backed alongside a goal to be scored in both halves – not one single match involving Manchester City or Shakhtar Donetsk so far this season has feature a goalless half! And the final leg of this multi-bet needs very little to back it up – Sergio Aguero to score anytime. In the space of five league games Aguero has already scored seven goals and that means he is already a third of the way to matching his Premier League tallies in each of the last two seasons. So how can we not fancy his chances of scoring here! 

Today's Best Bet: Wednesday, September 18



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