Manchester City v Barcelona Betting Preview

Neymar2After the disappointment of previous European campaigns, Manuel Pellegrini has been able to do what Roberto Mancini never could by taking City to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Pellegrini has said Manchester City will attack Barcelona without fear and Barca will be all too aware of City’s new found European pedigree – demonstrated in their final group game against European Champions Bayern Munich.

However, Barcelona come into the game in great form, cruising past Rayo Vallecano 6-0 on Saturday night. Messi is back and firing on all cylinders after his injury, and the return of Neymar will only improve their attacking options.

City appear to have got their own domestic campaign back on track, after knocking Mourinho’s Chelsea side out of the FA Cup this weekend.

They will still be without star striker Sergio Aguero; however Stevan Jovetic has looked sharp coming back from injury and his recent goals against Chelsea and Tottenham may earn him a starting spot on Tuesday night. He’s 8/1 to score first.

The return of Samir Nasri could have a huge impact over the two legs, after he came on and scored City’s second against Chelsea on Saturday.

Lionel Messi has scored 6 goals in his last 6 games against English opposition and is as low as EVENS to score Anytime on Tuesday.

Manchester City average 3.5 goals at home this season, the equal highest in Europe’s top five leagues, while Barcelona average 2.25 goals away.

With this in mind, we’re backing Both Teams to Score and Manchester City to win at 3/1.

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