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Your outlook on football and life will go a long way to deciding how well or otherwise you think Man City played against Barcelona at the Camp Nou a fortnight ago.
Optimists will believe that Pep Guardiola’s attacking, forward-thinking approach to the game signalled a change in mindset which will pay dividends for City in the long term.
Pessimists, however, will think that Barcelona’s 4-0 win was nothing more than another humbling night for Man City which shows just how much they have to improve in order for them to have a chance of winning the Champions League.
Either way, City have another chance to claim their first competitive match against Barcelona when the Catalan giants visit the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.
The game offers Man City a chance for redemption but for Barca it offers safe passage to the knockout stage. Victory in Manchester would be Barca’s fourth of the group stage and be enough for them to qualify for the next round.
The game once against pits together two of the best young managers in the world. While Guardiola has long been seen as one of Barcelona’s favourite sons, Luis Enrique, who is ot from Catalonia, had to work harder for the affection of fans and players alike. As managers they may have different ways of doing things but their teams are always exciting to watch.
We really should be in line for a cracking match.
Barcelona 29/20 (Betfair)
Man City 2/1 (Betfair)
Draw 11/4 (William Hill)
Man City’s defeat at the Camp Nou came in the middle of Pep Guardiola’s worst run as a manager. All in, City went six games without a win in all competitions. That run came to an end on the weekend thanks to a very impressive 4-0 victory over West Brom on the weekend.
While City impressed with their attacking style at the Hawthorns, Barcelona struggled somewhat in a 1-0 win home win over Granada. However, neither result was enough for the bookies to change their view on Tuesday’s game. Barcelona are the favourites across the board with Betfair’s 29/20 the best price around.
That is a conclusion it’s tough to argue with. Barcelona have beaten Man City in all five of their competitive matches and have generally saved their best football for the Champions League this season where their results read 7-0, 2-1, 4-0.
One of the main causes for concern for Guardiola is the number of mistakes his team are making in defence. Barcelona are sure to punish any slips but will find it tough to keep a clean sheet themselves. So, rather than simply backing the away side, it could be worth betting on Barcelona to win and both teams to score at 11/4 with Ladbrokes.
Draw 1-1 @ 7/1 (Paddy Power)
Barcelona 2-1 @ 8/1 (Ladbrokes)
Man City 2-1 @ 10/1 (Betfair)
Draw 2-2 @ 11/1 (William Hill)
Barcelona 1-0 @ 12/1 (Sky Bet)
Man City 1-0 @ 14/1 (Betfair)
Given the sheer amount of attacking talent on display for both Man City and Barcelona it makes sense to expect a high scoring match on Tuesday. Guardiola has shown time and time again that he is a manager who believes in what he does no matter the opposition.
It’s never going to be easy to outscore Barcelona but that is just what Man City will try and do. Therefore, if you are having a bet on the Correct Score market, make sure to choose a selection in which both teams score. Barcelona to win 2-1 looks a decent price at 8/1 with Ladbrokes but if you’re more bullish about their chances, you can back Barca to win 3-1 at 16/1 with Coral.
Luis Suarez 4/1 (Coral)
Lionel Messi 9/2 (William Hill)
Sergio Aguero 5/1 (Coral)
Kelechi Iheanacho 6/1 (Betfair)
Neymar 6/1 (William Hill)
Paco Alcacer 6/1 (Betfair)
Kevin De Bruyne 7/1 (Coral)
Nolito 15/2 (William Hill)
The First Goalscorer market is perhaps the most competitive of all the betting options available to you in this match.
Barcelona have perhaps the most feared attacking line in world football with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. The trio of South Americans are not only three of the very best individual players in the world but they work together to become even better than the sum of their parts. It would be no shock at all to see any of the ‘MSN’ open the scoring but the price that really stands out is Coral’s 5/1 about Sergio Aguero.
Guardiola shocked everybody by benching City’s top scorer for the game at the Camp Nou but he’ll surely start at the Etihad. Aguero scored two brilliant goals on the weekend and is the man best placed to capitalise on a fast start by the hosts.
Barcelona to win and both teams to score at 11/4 with Ladbrokes
Sergio Aguero to score first at 5/1 with Coral