Manchester City join Chelsea as the favourites to lift the FA Cup this season.
The top English sides will battle Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur respectively for a place in the final. While it a difficult task, they hold a slight advantage ahead of the clash next month.
The bookies favour both sides to move ahead but Chelsea are still the likely club to do the double – with their Premier League advantage.
Pep Guardiola’s men booked their spot in the last four with a big victory away at Middlesbrough. They have not won the tournament since the 2010/11 season; in fact, they are reaching the last four for the first time in four years. Betfair places them 2/1 in the odds of beating the Blues to the title in May.
The Manchester city striker Mario Balotelli could miss the match against Stoke city as he has undergone a laser-eye surgery in Italy, according to Man City Football News.
The 22-year-old is one of the best strikers in the Premier league, and Manchester city will certainly miss him according to the manager Roberto Mancini. Even though Mario Balotelli has only flashes of brilliance during his two seasons with Manchester city, he has always regarded as an important player by the manager. His absence will leave Manchester city with just Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez as the two main strikers at the club.
Mario Balotelli has been wearing contact lenses up until now. However, in order to enhance his play the striker has undergone a laser-eye surgery according to the manager Roberto Mancini. This would enable Mario Balotelli to play without contact lenses. Manchester city will have a tough few matches in the next few weeks because they will be facing the likes of Real Madrid in the Champions League. Roberto Mancini has said that Mario Balotelli had no other alternative but to go for the surgery because he developed many problems with the contact lenses during the start of the season.
“He had a few problems with contact lenses some years ago. We waited for the defect to stabilise over the last four years and this was the right time to have the operation. His eyes did not tolerate the contact lenses and had problems at the start of the season. I think in around 10 days he should be ready to play again. Already he asked if he could drive and I suggested he should get a lift until Thursday,” said Roberto Mancini ahead of the match with Stoke city during the weekend. Manchester city’s main priority will be to stop conceding goals.
Balotelli has hassle puting on his bib Manchester Town Vs Dynamo Kiev Exactly where do I place my head? Balotelli has difficulty puting on his bib It didn’t get any much better for Balotelli when the match commenced as he blew a gilt-edged opportunity to place his side back again in the tie when he blasted over from close array. The 20-year-aged Italian was then red-carded for a chest-higher lunge at Dynamo Kiev’s Goran Popov in the 35th moment of a one- win, which found Town drop 2-1 on aggregate. And there ended up later on studies he acquired out of his car and confronted a group of Kiev enthusiasts outside Eastlands. Video clip Rating: 4 / 5