Latest Man City v Barcelona odds, team, news and match preview from the Champions League clash in Manchester, as Paddy Power announce they are enhancing the price on the over 2.5 goals to a very big 3/1, from a previous price of 8/13.
The over 2/5 goals means that three goals and more need to be scored in tonight’s game, and with so much attacking talent on display, especially from Lionel Messi, the form book suggests we are set for a goalscoring bonanza at the Etihad tonight (KO19:45)
MAN CITY BARCELONA – ENHANCED ODDS
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Latest Odds: Man City 2/1, draw 11/4, Barcelona 7/5
3/1 on offer for over 2.5 goals (was 8/13)
Paddy Power have announced they are offering 3/1 (normal price 8/13) for the Over 2.5 goals in tonight’s game, meaning that if 3 or more goals are scored your bet is a winner! Click below for more details!
Manchester City will look to put their league and FA Cup aspirations to one side when they face the might of Barcelona at the Etihad later tonight.
The clash is the club’s first in the knock out stages of the competition and in one of the most highly anticipated meetings in recent years they face four time winners, and current La Liga leaders, Barcelona.
City finished second in the qualifying group, beating holders Bayern Munich on their way to amassing 15 points. Barcelona meanwhile topped their group despite suffering defeat to Ajax and drawing with Milan.
Both sides warmed up for the meeting with impressive weekend results.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side moved into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Chelsea while Lionel Messi and Neymar showed their brilliance with sublime individual efforts as Barcelona beat Rayo Vallecano 6-0.
The two sides last met in 2009 when a then Mark Hughes-managed City side beat Barcelona 1-0 at the Nou Camp however this will be the first competitive meeting in the Champions league between the two sides.
City has made the Etihad a fortress this season losing just twice in 20 games (Bayern Munich & Chelsea) and have scored 4 goals or more in twelve of those games. Pellegrini’s side have a good recent record against Spanish sides losing just one of their last four games.
Last season they drew and lost to Real Madrid in the Champions’ league group stages but won both clashes with Villarreal the season before.
Pellegrini will be without key players Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero for the visit while Barcelona will head into the game with no injury worries.
Despite the prospect of facing a full-strength Barcelona side, City winger Jesus Navas believe his side have nothing to fear against the European giants.
“Maybe they are not playing as well as three or four years ago. The cycles in football do not last forever.” Navas told the Daily Express
“Barca have set such high standards that it is very, very difficult to keep playing with that kind of style year in, year out. Your rivals study the way you play and find a tactic to counteract your strengths.
“They will not be looking forward to coming to Manchester.
“Our manager knows them very well and I think this could be a very important advantage.
“They will find we are a really difficult team to play against and beat. We are playing very well, creating chances and scoring a lot of goals. It is important that we enjoy ourselves and play the way we usually do.
“True, it didn’t work against Bayern Munich at home in the group stages but that wasn’t one of our best performances. They scored very early on and that made things very difficult for us.
“But you have to bear in mind that in the return in Munich, we played very well after going behind and won playing our own style of football. So I am confident we can beat Barcelona at home.
“The tie will not be decided on Tuesday, but in Barcelona. It is 180 minutes.”