Manchester City v Barcelona predictions and football betting tips for tonight’s Champions League last 16 match.
Arguably the match of the knockout stages sees Barcelona head to Manchester City for the first leg of their Champions League tie. Live on ITV at 19:45, here are some free football tips.
Man City v Barcelona Prediction
You have to hand it to Manchester City, needing to beat Bayern Munich and Roma in consecutive games whilst hoping for kind results elsewhere, even the most die-hard City fan would have not fancied their chances of making the last 16. Defiant cries of "I still believe" from captain Vincent Kompany were met with ridicule following their home defeat to CSKA Moscow, after all, I still believe I'll bump into Taylor Swift on Tinder, it doesn't make it any more likely though!
After seemingly achieving the impossible, I'm sure Manuel Pellegrini was hoping his side were due some good fortune later in the draw, but he was in for no such luck as the name of Barcelona was pulled out of the hat. The Citizens met the Catalan giants at this exact stage last year and were comprehensively out-played in a 4-1 aggregate defeat. They do, however, come into the tie off the back of two heavy wins in the Premier League.
Up until this weekend, opponents Barcelona were absolutely flying in La Liga. Having won six straight matches and averaging over four goals in all of those games, few would have predicted their coupon-busting home defeat to Malaga on Saturday. Nevertheless, the form of Luis Enrique's men in the Champions League has been formidable as Barcelona picked up 5 wins from a tough group, scoring fifteen goals in the process.
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Decision time for our Man City v Barcelona betting tips, and it's a really tough game to call. The last thing Manuel Pellegrini will want is to be out of the tie by the time of the second leg, which may well lead to a cautious approach. Manchester City certainly have the attack to cause Catalan side plenty of problems, but it's their defence that could be their downfall. Should City concede the opening goal, I really fear for them if they push too heavily for an equaliser.
This is unchartered territory for the English Champions and I believe experience will shine through, with this in mind, back Barcelona to win at 6/5 with Betfred, or using the price boosts if you qualify to get them by opening a new account.
Moving into the goalscoring markets, and fortunately for us, Tuesday's clash falls under Betfred's potentially lucrative DD/HH promotion. Brazilian Neymar is La Liga's third highest scorer this season with 17 goals, of which 7 have been the first of the match. Therefore, our first goalscorer tip is for Neymar to score first at 9/2 with Betfred and Lionel Messi to score anytime at 11/10 with Bet365 for our Man City v Barcelona predictions on the goalscorer markets. Messi has 37 goals to his name this season and has scored in his last five Champions League matches. You will rarely get a chance to back him at those odds so try to take advantage of it.
Man City v Barcelona Betting Tips:
Neymar to score first – 9/2 with Betfred: get double odds if he scores two, treble if he gets a hat-trick.
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Barcelona to win – get 6/1 with this link to Ladbrokes.
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