Man City have been plunged into a defensive crisis after centre-back John Stones was ruled out for up to five weeks with a muscle injury.
<div><div><div><div id=":oh"><div id=":og"><div dir="ltr"><p>The Premier League champions began the season with just three central defenders after deciding not to replace retiring captain Vincent Kompany. Aymeric Laporte went down with an injury in a recent game against Brighton and he will not be back until January 2020 at the earliest. Stones’ injury leaves Nicolas Otamendi as the only centre-back at Pep Guardiola’s disposal, and the manager may have to pair him with holding midfielder Fernandinho at the heart of defence.</p><p>It could make both teams to score an attractive option in Man City games over the next five or six weeks. That market is priced at 1.91 (10/11) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Betfred">Betfred</a> when they take on Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine on Wednesday night, and then 2.00 (evens) in their match against a rejuvenated Watford on Saturday. Man City lost 3-2 away at Norwich last time out and they already trail Liverpool by five points in the Premier League. Defensive issues could ultimately be their undoing, and some punters might fancy odds of 2.50 (6/4) at <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Bet365</a> on Liverpool winning the title.</p></div></div></div></div></div></div>