European Failings Pile Pressure On Roberto Manciniby Jack Kitson / 05 December 2012, 09:23
Roberto Mancini’s odds have been cut to 6/1 in the Premier League Sack Race after Manchester City were booted out of the Champions League. The Italian is now the joint-second favourite for the chop, with under-fire Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill still the frontrunner to become the third top flight manager to lose his job.
City’s 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night marked a sorry end to a disappointing campaign, with the defending Premier League champions yet again failing to make an impact among Europe's elite.
They failed to win a single game in this year's competition, with their overall accumulation of three points the lowest ever from an English side in the group stages of the Champions League. Their dismal total meant they finished rock-bottom of Group D and thus unable to qualify for the Europa League.
The club’s Abu Dhabi owners will be bitterly disappointed having splashed the cash with the intent on making City one of the biggest teams in the world. However, the Sky Blues remain unbeaten after 15 games in the Premier League and can now fully focus on retaining their title, with Paddy Power installing them as the 13/10 second favourites to do so.
City are currently three points behind fierce rivals Man Utd but there is a seven-point gap between themselves and third-placed Chelsea. On Sunday they have the opportunity to leap-frog their local neighbours and regain top spot when they clash with United in a mouth-watering encounter at the City of Manchester Stadium.
A win would be enough to propel City back up to the summit of the table, with Paddy Power installing the club as the 13/10 favourites to claim the three points. United can be backed at 2/1 to come away with the win, while a draw can be found at 12/5. If Robin Van Persie scores at anytime, we will refund all losing First/last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast singles on the match.