Manchester City vs Barcelona Betting Tip and Prediction. In the first leg on 1/8 finals in the UEFA Champions League Manchester City host Barcelona at Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City finished at the second position in Group E in a group with Bayern Munich, AS Roma and CSKA Moscow. In the Premier League they are standing at the second position with five points less than leader Chelsea and they are still in race for the title.
Team from Manchester smashed Stoke City 1-4 and Newcastle Utd 5-0 in the last two Premier League matches and they are full of confidence for the match against Barcelona.
Yaya Touré (19/7 m) is out due to suspension, after being sent off against CSKA Moscow in the group stage. New signing from Swansea Wilfried Bony could make his first start for Manchester City.
Manchester City vs Barcelona Possible line-ups:
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Fernando, Fernandinho; Navas, Silva, Nasri; Aguero.
Barcelona (3-4-3): Ter Stegen; Alves, Pique, Alba; Rakitic, Busquests, Mascherano, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar.
Barcelona finished the group phase at the first position in Group F and they are one of the main candidates to win this competition. In the last Primera match they lost at home against Malaga 0-1 and now the difference between 1st Real Madrid and 2nd Barca is 4 points.
Team from Catalonia have full squad available, except Douglas (1/0 d) and Vermaelen (0/0 d) who are both out.
“They will try to attack us and that suits us. It has been proven over the past few months that we are better against teams that attack us because we can counter-attack.” – said Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique.
These two teams have already met in the same competiton and Barca beat them twice (2-1, 2-0).
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Both teams have amazing attackers. Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi on one side against Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Samir Nasri on the other side.
The match between Manchester City vs Barcelona will probably be one of the most interesting in 1/8 finals. I expect an open match with at least three goals.