Manchester City vs Barcelona: Tips and prediction – 24.02.2015

By on February 24, 2015
We consider that the most exciting game of this round in Champions League is this one, between Manchester City and Barcelona. The first leg will take place today from 19:45 at Etihad Stadium.
The Citizens are starting with second chance at bookmakers. They are coming after two good results, 4-1 away against Stoke City and 5-0 at home against Newcastle United. The victory against Newcastle ended a bad run of games here at Etihad, with a draw and two defeats. Yaya Toure is the only missing player for the hosts, but a very important one, the midfielder being suspended. Fernando and Fernandinho will probably be partners between the lines today.
Barcelona will try to get a good result here in England, but their mission will not be an easy one. Messi & co are coming after a bad result in La Liga, losing 0-1 against Malaga in front of their own fans, ending a spectacular run of 11 wins in a row. If we talk about away matches, the catalans ticked five wins in their last five trips, scoring no fewer than 22 goals. Vermaelen is still injured and he will be the only missing player for Barca today.
Manchester City vs Barcelona probable lineups:
Man City (4-2-3-1): Hart – Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Clichy – Fernando, Fernandinho – Navas, Silva, Nasri – Aguero.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Bravo – Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba – Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta – Suarez, Messi, Neymar.
Prediction: Both teams to score – Yes @ 1.62
We expect a spectacular game between two offensive sides. More than that, both teams need to score here to have a better chance in the second leg. Bet365 offers atractive odds for our prediction too.
The best odds for Man City vs Barcelona: 3.50 – 3.60 – 2.15

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