Manchester City vs Barcelona
UEFA Champions League 2016/17
1st November 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Manchester City Team News & Preview
Manchester City host Barcelona in the Champions League this week and the Premier League giants will be looking to put up some sort of fight this time.
Barcelona were unplayable during their first meeting this season and the Spanish champions picked up a 4-0 win over Pep Guardiola‘s side at Camp Nou.
Manchester City have been very inconsistent lately and despite their 4-0 win over West Brom during the weekend, they will need to be very careful against Barcelona. The win over the Baggies was City’s first in six matches. The Premier League side had conceded 9 goals in 5 matches before keeping a clean sheet against West Brom.
This is a vital match for City. They are just one point ahead of Gladbach in the standings and the Germans could overtake them if they lose again.
It will be interesting to see how Guardiola sets up for this game. His men were battered by Barcelona earlier this season and the world class manager might need to change his approach this time.
Vincent Kompany is expected to feature against Barcelona after sitting out the game against West Brom. Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta are still struggling with injuries.
Predicted Manchester City Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Caballero; Fernando, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Gundogan; Sterling, Nolito, Silva; Aguero
Barcelona Team News & Preview
Barcelona have been in good form lately and will look to add to that with another win over City.
The Catalan giants picked up a 1-0 win over Granada this weekend and will be happy with a similar scoreline here.
Barcelona will want to qualify as the group winners and a victory here would more or less secure that for them. They are already five points clear of second-placed City.
The away side will be well aware of Guardiola’s strengths and weaknesses and will look to punish the inconsistent English side once again.
Gerard Pique and Jeremy Mathieu are both injured. Lucas Digne will replace Jordi Alba at left-back and Rafinha is expected to fill in for the injured Andres Iniesta in midfield.
Predicted Barcelona Starting Lineup (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Mascherano, Umtiti, Digne; Rakitic, Busquets, Rafinha; Messi, Suarez, Neymar
Manchester City vs Barcelona Key Stats
Barcelona have won their last 5 matches against Man City in all competitions.
Barcelona have won 6 of their last 7 matches in the UEFA Champions League.
Manchester City have failed to win 5 of their last 6 matches in all competitions.
Manchester City vs Barcelona Betting Tips
Barcelona have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 matches against Man City in all competitions. Get the away side to win both halves at 11/2.
There have been over 2.5 goals (1/2) scored in 5 of Barcelona’s last 6 games in the UEFA Champions League. Furthermore, City have been conceding a lot recently (9 goals in their last 6 matches). A high scoring game is likely.
Barcelona have an impressive record against City. Get the Catalans to win at 7/5.
Manchester City vs Barcelona Prediction
Manchester City will be slightly confident after their performance this weekend, but they are quite vulnerable defensively.
Barcelona are in superb form and will trouble the home side going forward. Unless Guardiola changes his system to shut down the away side, Barcelona are likely to win the game of possession and punish City.
An away win seems likely here. Barcelona will be too hot to handle for the Premier League giants.
Manchester City 1-3 Barcelona