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The Punter: Sergio Aguero can get off to a slick start at Manchester City

New boy Sergio Aguero is likely to make his Manchester City debut against fierce rivals United in Sunday's Community Shield at Wembley for which the Red Devils are 13-10 favourites to win in 90 minutes and take revenge for last season's FA Cup semi-final defeat.

Bought for £38m from Atletico Madrid, the striker will be an ideal replacement for Carlos Tevez who is set to spend his time on the City bench or be moved on.

Aguero's record in Spain was impressive, the Argentinian scoring 20 goals in 32 La Liga games last season, beaten only by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. No matter what happens in the pre-season opener — it for a draw — he has the potential to be a top striker in the Premier League and indeed, in the Champions League which the Citizens compete in for the first time this season.

Already layers are tempting punters with offers of |16-1 that he ends up taking the PFA Player of the Year award but better to go for the 4-1 on him being City's best come next May.

Evens that Aguero scores on his debut must be given consideration as City open their campaign at home to Swansea while 6-4 to be the club's top scorer should be taken even though he will be part of a rotational plan.

Aguero Premier League goals: 5-6 over/under 14.5.

Aguero League goals: 5-4 11 or fewer; 2-1 12-15; 7-4 16 or more.

Striker to take longest to score first league goal of season (minutes played): 6-4 Drogba; 15-8 Torres; 7-2 Rooney; 4-1 Aguero.

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