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Barcelona vs Man City

Barcelona
Barcelona
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Man City

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Barcelona and Manchester City face off on this second leg match of the top 16 of the Champions League.

Barcelona comes into this match with a record of 5 wins on their last 5 matches. With a lot of consistency and a good attacking football the club has taken back the leadership of the Spanish league.

On the other side, City has been scoring some lacklustre results with an important loss last match to the leader Chelsea.

The head to head history between the two clearly favours Barcelona with 3 wins in 3 matches.

Analysis of Barcelona

Barcelona has been getting carried by Leo Messi, the Argentinean has been performing fantastically with decisive games, goals and assists.

On the midfield we should expect the usual trio of Mascherano, Iniesta and Rakitic. The Spanish organizing the offensive plays with the Argentinean providing the defensive anchorage.

The weak point of the team is their attack > defence transition which can be decisive this match against a team very strong on the counter attack.

With this said, it is expected that Luis Henrique will play on the usual 4-3-3 with Neymar, Suarez and Messi up front.

Probable Starters: Ter Stegen; Alves, Piqué, Bartra, Alba; Rakitic, Mascherano, Iniesta; Neymar, Messi, Suarez.
Coach: Luis Henrique


Confirmed Lineup: M. ter Stegen, Piqué, Dani Alves, J. Mathieu, Jordi Alba, I. Rakitić, J. Mascherano, Iniesta, L. Suárez, L. Messi, Neymar.
Coach: Luis Enrique.

Analysis of Manchester City

After a surprising defeat against Burnley, Manchester city has a gargantuan task ahead: winning against t Barca with at least 2 goals. With that in mind, coach Pellegrini will probably use his usual 4-2-3-1 privileging the quick transitions in order to take advantage of the Spanish team weak spot.

The offensive reference of the team is Aguero. The Argentinean’s skill close to the goal is renowned and he is always expected to be decisive.

Oh the midfield, David Silva is the team’s engine propelling them forward while Fernando holds the defensive end of the mid court.

Probable Starters: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov; Fernando, Yaya Touré, Milner, David Silva; Nasri, Agüero. 
Coach: Manuel Pellegrini


Confirmed Lineup: J. Hart, V. Kompany, B. Sagna, M. Demichelis, A. Kolarov, David Silva, J. Milner, S. Nasri, Y. Touré, Fernandinho, S. Agüero.
Coach: M. Pellegrini.

Betting suggestion:

The most likely scenario for this match will be both teams scoring at least one goal. Playing at home Barca creates opportunities easily and against a squad with some defensive fragilities, goals are very likely. On the other hand, the speed and technique of City’s frontline will surely cause a lot of troubles for the Spanish defence. 

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UEFA Champions League - 2014/2015

  • 100% 215 / 215 Games

  • Home team wins 50.23%
  • Draws 24.19%
  • Away team wins 25.58%
  • Over 1.5 72.09%
  • Over 2.5 44.65%
  • Over 3.5 30.23%
  • Goals 572
  • Goals /match 2.66
  • Goals /match home 1.65
  • Goals /match away 1.01
  • Both teams score 40%
  • Goals after 80' 19.06%
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