Will Barca or City bounce back best at the Camp Nou tonight?
Although Barcelona lead at the halfway stage of their Barcelona v Man City Champions League last 16 stage tie they come into this match having suffered a loss away at relegation threatened Real Valladolid at the weekend and people are questioning if they have the ability to see of Manchester City at the Camp Nou tonight and book their place in the Quarter Finals. However, City were beaten in the FA Cup Quarter Finals by Championship side Wigan Athletic at home after beating them 5-0 earlier this season, so do they have what it takes to turn this tie around?
Barcelona v Man City Odds:
Barcelona – 1.57
Draw – 4.30
Man City – 4.90
(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)
Things have not gone as smoothly as Barcelona would like recently as they have lost two of their last three matches, away at Real Sociedad and Real Valladolid, since beating their guests at the Camp Nou tonight three weeks ago. They may have dominated possession at The Etihad as they claimed a 2-0 away victory too but Barcelona did not outplay City as they both had a similar amount of shots, both on and off target, and they only made the breakthrough once Martin Demichelis was shown a red card as Lionel Messi score Champions League goal number seven from the penalty spot before Dani Alves doubled scoreline in injury time.
City certainly have the ability to cause trouble at the Camp Nou this evening and with Sergio Aguero back in the starting lineup they are certain to cause more a problem for a leaky Barcelona defence that has conceded five goals in the three games since City failed to breakthrough in Manchester three weeks ago. Despite having the plus of Aguero back in the side, City are missing Demichelis through suspension while centre back Matija Nastasic and striker Stevan Jovetic are out injured. To top this off manager Manuel Pellegrini is also suspended for this criticism of referee Jonas Eriksson from the first leg.
After their toothless performance in front of goal at The Etihad City know that tonight is do or die and they need win by at least two goals if they are to progress, or at least force extra time, and with no side managing to do this since the Champions League Semi Finals last season when Bayern Munich claimed a 3-0 win it will be tough. All that is good up front for City will come through Aguero tonight and I feel that he has the beating of the Barcelona defence tonight and if City can put three past Bayern Munich away from home this season, albeit in a dead rubber match, they can push the Spaniards all the way this evening.
My money is on City to press, and break, the home team defence tonight with Aguero the key man tonight and the Argentine will score goals tonight, upstaging his countryman for Barcelona in Lionel Messi. The big question is can City score enough to progress this evening?
Back Man City to score +1.5 goals at the Camp Nou tonight against Barcelona @ 2.86 with GR88.com.