Manchester City v Barcelona betting odds and tips



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Manchester City paid the price for finishing second in their Champions League group by drawing the champions of Spain for a place in the quarter finals of the competition, with Pellegrini famously getting his sums wrong when winning the game at the Allianz Arena.

That is now in the past and the Chilean must work out a way of overcoming Barca over two legs, potentially without the services of Sergio Aguero for both games as the Argentine looks to recover from yet another injury setback.

Winner.com offer a best price 37/20 about the Citizens drawing first blood on Tuesday night and one can’t help but feel they need some kind of advantage to be taking to the Nou Camp, although a gung ho approach has to be tempered by the fact that conceding a couple of away goals could be fatal.

Without Aguero, it will probably fall to Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko to trouble the opposition defence and the pair will be encouraged by the fact that Barcelona are likely to concede the odd goal, with Gerardo Martino’s team having recently lost 3-2 at home to Valencia.

Yaya Toure will line up against his former club and a big performance is required from the gargantuan midfielder who spent three seasons for the Catalan outfit, making 74 appearances and scoring four goals.

Since his arrival at City, he has been transformed into an attacking player who scores a goal every four games on average, with bet365 going 9/1 that he breaks the deadlock in this match and sends the home fans at the Etihad into ecstasy.

Barcelona came through a group including Milan, Ajax and Celtic, with a recent 4-1 victory at Sevilla demonstrating their prowess and Lionel Messi is back in scoring form after spending the early part of the season on the sidelines.

Sky Bet are bravest with their quote of 17/10 about the visitors who won’t be aiming to simply defend in this match considering the value of away goals in the Champions League.

Barca have won eight of their twelve games on the road in La Liga and that man Messi has seventeen for the season, with the forward available at 7/2 to break the deadlock in this match, although Neymar is out injured for the Spanish side.

What is City’s best approach against a team with equal attacking instincts? The general consensus is that they are a central defender short at the back to accompany Vincent Kompany and perhaps the best form of defence is attack.

PREDICTION: Manchester City 2 Barcelona 1