Manchester City defence hit by John Stones injury

Manchester City are out to 8-11 from 4-6 with Betway and Sky Bet to win the Premier League after defender John Stones was ruled out for up to five weeks with a muscular injury sustained in training.

Pep Guardiola now has only one fit first-team centre back available in Nicolas Otamendi, with first-choice Aymeric Laporte already sidelined for up to four months. Liverpool are still available at 6-4 to finish top of the pile but Sky Bet have trimmed their odds to 11-8.

City's defensive fragility was exposed in a 3-2 defeat to top-flight new boys Norwich City on Saturday and Fernandinho is expected to slot into their defence for their first Champions League game of the season against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.

The Manchester club remain 1-3 favourites to win in Ukraine and are 10-3 favourites to lift the trophy.

Match in Focus

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Sheff Utd v Arsenal

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • Arsenal have won five of their last six matches
Expert verdict
Some Arsenal supporters are not happy with Unai Emery’s tactics but the Gunners are third in the Premier League after eight matches and can maintain their upward trajectory by beating Sheffield United. The visitors have lost only one match in all competitions this season and should continue to improve with Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney both fit again after injury. They haven’t always been brilliant but Arsenal tend to get the job done. Sheffield United held firm for 70 minutes against Liverpool and have proved hard to break down, but they have lost four of their last five home matches in all competitions.

 

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