Episode 2 of Guardiola’s clash with his former team is quickly coming. The humbling 4-0 defeat he suffered at Camp Now has surely left deep wounds, but will the legendary manager find the resources to put up a fight this time around? Or will Barcelona be looking at another walkover, guaranteeing them 1st place in the Group?
Manchester City vs Barcelona – 01/11/2016
Betting Odds: Man City 2.87 or 15/8 Draw 3.60 or 13/5 Barcelona 2.50 or 6/4
After several games without a win, Guardiola’s side finally won this weekend, 4-0 away at West Brom. Another great piece of news is Sergio Aguero’s form, who scored a brace against West Brom and is now level with Diego Costa at the top of the scoring charts in the Premier League.
He will be the main attacking threat against Barcelona, with the help of Sterling and De Bruyne, both in fine form. Unfortunately, City cannot rely on the goalkeeper they bought from Barcelona, since Bravo was sent off in the last game between the two teams.
On the other hand, Luis Enrique’s team is on a winning streak. Although Neymar and Suarez are not at the top of their game, the team finds win after win – mostly thanks to some great games from Leo Messi.
They are traveling to England without Pique, Iniesta, Alba, and Mathieu, all out with injuries, meaning that their defensive line won’t be at the top of its game.
Manchester City vs Barcelona Betting Tips
This is one of the things we can profit of – bet that Manchester City will score. Home ground advantage plus a shaky Barcelona defense should mean at least one goal for the home side. Meanwhile, we expect Messi to find his place on the scoresheet yet again.
The number of goals in the game should be at least over 1,5, if not over 2,5 – since Man City will open themselves, needing the win. Last but not least, Barcelona’s possession shouldn’t be over 55%. Their squad isn’t made of big experts in holding the ball.