Manchester City v Barcelona tips: Back Catalans to dominate over City again
Barcelona look massively priced at 6/4 to inflict upon Manchester City another Champions League defeat
October 31st, 2016
Manchester City have been enduring a pretty miserable time of late, their most devastating defeat being a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Barcelona at the Nou Camp two weeks ago. The criticism was aimed at City boss Pep Guardiola for the first time since his arrival on these shores with the Spaniard’s team selection coming under fire and there was a large amount of irony when Claudio Bravo – a Guardiola signing following the ditching of Joe Hart – was red-carded, the irony being lost on no-one.
The Chilean’s sending off could be considered unfortunate and it certainly changed a match which was always going to be difficult. Barcelona took full advantage of City’s numerical disadvantage and Guardiola’s men now go into this return match under immense pressure.
A five-point gap at the top of Group C means that Barcelona effectively have their knock-out place all but wrapped up and even a place in the last sixteen of the competition is slowly slipping away from the Citizens. Ok so there are still three games left to play but we’re not expecting City to manage anything from this clash and the best that Guardiola can realistically hope for is a draw.
Sergio Aguero will be in line for a start following his brace against West Brom at the weekend and he looks excellent value at 5/1 to open the scoring on Tuesday evening at the Etihad. This price is certain to attract a few punters given that City should create for themselves a few chances to get onto the scoresheet. The only problem is that the Catalans will almost certainly create more.
Luis Enrique’s side haven’t been at their very best but they have a massive incentive to win on Tuesday evening and all but secure their place in the last sixteen of the competition. Indeed Barcelona are 6/4 to seal the three points this week and this should be the first bet placed on this clash. We cannot envisage Messi, Suarez and Neymar being contained on Tuesday by the home side in what promises to be a thrilling action-packed encounter.