Pellegrini’s Spanish stars key for Man City against Barcelona

Navas and Silva have Barca in their sights in native Spain

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Betting Tip: Wilfried Bony - Barcelona vs Man City @ 11/1 with bet365

If Manchester City are to turn the tie around, it could be their Spanish duo David Silva and Jesus Navas who play a key role in helping them to do so.

The pair plied their trade in La Liga at Valencia and Sevilla respectively, however the pair of them have only managed one goal against the Catalan kings. This came from Navas in the 2010/11 season, as the winger cancelled out a Bojan Krkic effort. He is a best-priced 10/1 with to net anytime in the Nou Camp, with Silva; arguably one of City’s best players this season, available at 13/2 with the same bookie.

While the duo’s goal record against Barcelona isn’t exactly prolific, they do have experience playing against the club, and with top scorer Sergio Aguero in the team as well, who faced them multiple times while at Atletico Madrid, City definitely have the talent to get the better of Luis Enrique’s men.

Aguero has scored 23 in 32 appearances for Man City this season, and has been clinical in the Champions League, dispatching six goals in as many appearances. He is, as a result, 9/1 with PaddyPower to break the deadlock. However, by contrast, compatriot Lionel Mess has struck a staggering 43 in 39 this season, which includes eight in seven matches in Europe’s elite club competition and, as a result, is 3/1 to open the scoring with Coral.

If Man City are going to win the match, then their back four have to be better than Barca’s front three, and at least one of them has to have off-day, preferably for Pellegrini, that player has to be Messi. Then, they themselves need to take their chances in front of goal.

While Silva, Navas and Aguero are all good shouts to score, someone who is untested against a top side, such as Wilfried Bony could be a secret weapon, as the Barca defence haven’t faced him before, and the Ivorian may surprise them. He is 10/1 to score the first goal with Bet365.

Betting Tip: Wilfried Bony - Barcelona vs Man City @ 11/1 with bet365

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