BETTING: Fernandinho ready for challenges ahead


Fernandinho says Manchester City are ready for the “defining moments” in their season as they chase an unprecedented quadruple.

The Citizens thrashed Basel 4-0 in Switzerland on Tuesday night in the first-leg of their Champions League last-16 clash, all but securing their place in the quarter-final stage of the tournament.

Pep Guardiola’s men, who have a 16-point lead atop of the Premier League, take on Wigan next in the fifth round of the FA Cup before going head-to-head with Arsenal in the final of the Carabao Cup.

City remain on course for an unprecedented quadruple and Fernandinho, who has been an ever-present in the league this season, insists his side are ready for the big challenges coming their way.

He said: “We know the defining moments are coming in the next three or four months. But we keep thinking game by game and that’s important. We’re not trying to reach further than is possible. That’s a virtue we’ve got.”

Immediate attention turns towards the FA Cup clash against Wigan and City will be aiming for revenge, having lost 2-1 to the Latics in the final of the competition back in 2014.

Belgium international Kevin De Bruyne has been in sparkling form this season and punters may decide to use their free bet on the midfielder guiding the blue side of Manchester into the next round.