Manuel Pellegrini’s team overpriced to win in ninety minutes against a Barca side suffering from patchy form of their own
Manchester City’s season is starting to unravel at the edges, with Sunday’s 2-1 defeat against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup entirely unexpected and they are likely to bomb out of a second cup competition in the space of a few days when they play at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night.
Pellegrini lamented the fact that City’s first-half performance against the Latics was the worst since he arrived at the club and it was hardly the ideal dress rehearsal for this tricky European assignment although we can be sure of a more robust display as the English side look to keep alive their hopes of winning the Champions League.
Bet365 free bet offer a tempting 5/1 about an away win and City have already won at the Allianz Arena in this competition, with little to lose from having a crack at a team who lost to Valladolid on Saturday and look unlikely to win the Spanish league title this term.
Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart and David Silva are among those players who will return to the starting line-up, while Yaya Toure was withdrawn early in the second half against Wigan and the Ivorian needs a gargantuan performance against his former employers.
Toure is a 14/1 chance with bet365 to score the first of this encounter, although Sergio Aguero is back in the team and can be backed at 8/1 to break the deadlock and open the tie right up against a Barca side who aren’t renowned for keeping clean sheets.
Indeed, Gerardo Martino’s side have conceded in each of their past three games and there are murmurings of discontent among the supporters considering that they are now four points adrift of Real Madrid at the top of the table.
Lionel Messi is a 3/1 chance to score the first goal of the game as he did at the Etihad Stadium in the first leg, with Coral offering 4/7 about Barcelona claiming victory in ninety minutes although that looks a touch skinny considering the Spanish side don’t need to win the game.
TIP: Manchester City on Draw No Bet market @ 19/5 with BetVictor