IT’S off to the Nou Camp on Wednesday as Manchester City look to resurrect their flagging season against all the odds. Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) reviews the betting.
Barcelona v Man City | Wednesday 19:45 | Sky Sports 5
Arsenal just failed on Tuesday to overturn their hopeless Champions League situation, can Man City go that one bit better here on Wednesday night? Umm, no!
For a start they’re up against Barcelona, stupid! A Barcelona side with 16 wins from their last 17 matches who sit back at the top of La Liga. A Barcelona collective who tore the English side apart on top of their Manchester soil three weeks ago.
The only morsel of hope for Man City is the way they gatecrashed their way into the Last 16 back at the end of 2014. Their name was not on the knockout stage list after Matchday 4 but they heroically managed to beat Bayern Munich and Roma in the last two matchdays to secure a Last 16 berth.
Can they recreate that fighting spirit here? Not for me. The whole thing’s got tits up. They’re out the title race after losing to a side on Saturday who were Championship relegation candidates 18 months ago, they got knocked out the FA Cup by a second tier side in January and their manager is hopelessly hanging on for dear life.
Their season is on life-support. After Wednesday night, you can switch it off.
Barcelona should be stronger, better, more motivated and miles more confident as they march towards the Quarter-Finals. I’ll back them to score Over 2.5 Goals at 15/14 with 888 Sport. The hope is that City might nick a goal to irk them and Luis Enrique’s side will kick on and smash up the scoresheet.
Barcelona have fulfilled that target in nine of their last 12 matches.
Barcelona v Man City – Barcelona to score Over 2.5 Goals (15/14 888 Sport)
Anyone up for Barcelona at 4/1? Or maybe even Man City at 10/1?