Manchester City Betting
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Manchester City F.C. was founded as St. Marks (West Gorton) in 1880 by Anna Connell and two wardens of St. Mark’s Church, who also worked in the nearby iron factory, in Gorton, a district in east Manchester. In 1887, on moving to a new ground, in Ardwick, east of the city centre, the club was renamed Ardwick A.F.C. to reflect its new location. Founding members of the Second Division, financial difficulties resulted in the club being reformed as Manchester City F.C. Following promotion to the First Division, major honours arrived in 1904, with a 1-0 win over Bolton in the FA Cup final. City finished second in the League in the same season. A major fire destroyed the ground’s main stand in 1920, the club moving to a new purpose-built stadium at Maine Road in 1923.The 1930s was a successful decade, with consecutive Cup Final appearances, losing to Everton in 1933, before capturing the trophy against Portsmouth the following season. A first League title followed in 1937, though, disappointingly, the club was relegated the following season. In the 1950s City again reached consecutive FA Cup finals (1955 /1956). They lost the first to Newcastle United, and won the second, beating Birmingham City 3-1.
Following relegation in 1963, the future looked bleak. However, the appointment of Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison to the management team brought a decided upturn in fortunes. In their first season, promotion to the top-flight was secured as Division Two Champions. In 1967-68 a second League title was secured on the last day of the season. Further successes followed, with an FA Cup in 1969, before 1970 European success in the Cup Winners’ Cup. City also won the League Cup in the same season. The club continued to challenge for honours throughout the 1970s, finishing League runners-up on two occasions and reaching the final of the 1974 League Cup. The final trophy of the club’s most successful period was won in 1976, beating Newcastle United 2-1 in the League Cup final.
There followed a long period of decline, resulting in City’s relegation to the third Tier of English football, the first time ever for a European-winning club. However, promotion was achieved twice, in consecutive seasons, restoring City to the top-flight. A further immediate relegation prompted the appointment of Kevin Keegan as manger in the close season. An immediate return to the top division was forthcoming, with club records for number of points gained and goals scored broken along the way. The 2002-03 season was the last at Maine Road, the club moving to the new City of Manchester Stadium. City also qualified for the UEFA Cup through the “Fair Play ranking”, earning the club’s first entry into European competition in 25 years.
Kevin Keegan left in 2005 and Stuart Pearce and Sven-Goran Erikkson have had unsuccessful spells as manager since, the latter not being aided by the demands of Thai Chairman Thaksin Shinawatra. However, in 2007-08, City still managed to qualify, via the “Fair Play” ranking system, for the 2008-09 UEFA Cup. Mark Hughes took over as manger in June 2008.
Perhaps the most notable event in the history of the club took place on September 1st 2008. Abu Dhabi United Group Investment and Development Limited (financed by Abu Dhabi Royal family) completed a takeover of Manchester City, in a deal worth a reported £200 million. The new owners announced that they were seeking to make City the best club in the world. They backed up this claim by attempting to poach Dimitar Berbatov from under the noses of Manchester rivals United, following that club’s protracted bid to sign the Bulgarian striker from Tottenham. Although this bid failed, Real Madrid’s Robinho, thought destined for Chelsea, became a Manchester City player, for a British record transfer fee in excess of £32½ million.
Opportunities to Bet on Manchester City
The recent influx of foreign cash must have a positive impact on the team’s performance. Opportunities to bet on Manchester City may become limited (in terms of value) as the “Big 4″ clubs are likely to become the “Big 5″ in the foreseeable future.
Manchester City won League titles in 1937 and 1968, but has never mounted a serious challenge in the Premiership era. However, judging by their actions to date the new owners mean business. Bookmakers have reacted, perhaps a little prematurely, by slashing Manchester City odds for the Premiership title in the 2008-09 season.
Mark Hughes has assembled a compact useful outfit, which is competitive with the best in the Premiership, particularly at home. The nucleus of a good side, together with the virtually unlimited finances of the new owners surely means that Manchester City will come to rank with Manchester rivals United and Chelsea in the near future. Bookmakers have already reacted with reduced Manchester City odds on every competition in which they are involved, so value will be hard to find.
Domestic Cup Competitions
City is 4-times FA Cup winning club, in 1904, 1934, 1956 and 1969. Time will doubtless tell, but under new ownership, it seems that Manchester City will be able to attract the top performers and become serious contenders once again. The layers are obviously aware if this and Manchester City betting odds are likely to be cramped.
League Cup winners twice, in 1970 and 1976, a revamped City must surely be regular challengers for domestic and European honours.
FA Community Shield
Manchester City has collected the Community Shield on three occasions, in 1937, 1968 and 1972.
If the bookmakers are correct, Manchester City may well emerge as challengers for Champions’ League honours, in due course. At the moment, though, the cramped Manchester City odds on offer seem like a “knee jerk” reaction and punters would do well to adopt a “wait and see” approach.
Having qualified via the “Fair Play” scheme in 2002-03 and 2007-08, it would come as no surprise to see Manchester City qualify by right, as early as the 2008-09 season. The Manchester City odds are now 5/4 with Paddy Power for a top-6 finish and only 13/2 with bet365 for a top-4 finish.
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
Manchester City captured the 1970 UEFA Cup, defeating Polish side, Gornik Zabrze, 2-1 in the Vienna final.