Barcelona vs. Manchester City Preview: Barca Advances To The Quarterfinals

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Updated: March 6, 2014
Barcelona and Manchester City

Match Date: 12 March 2014 (local time)

Venue: Camp Nou

 

Barcelona

Barcelona may have temporarily lost their grip of La Liga’s top spot, but they are certainly doing good in the Champions League.

 

With a massive lead of  two (2) plus the fact that they have the home court advantage, gives them the outright edge over their opponent. Lionel Messi is also back to his “scoring ways” after recovering from a pulled hamstring. He was instrumental during the first leg of the playoffs and stopping the Barcelona talisman is less likely to happen.

 

The match becomes even memorable as this can be the last Champions League appearance of team captain, Carles Puyol. The skipper announced that he will be hanging his boots at the end of the season.

 

 

Manchester City

Manuel Pellegrini and his men face an uphill task in strengthening their Champions League campaign. Down by two (2), the club travels to Camp Nou in an attempt to advance in the tournament’s quarterfinals.

 

The previous meeting between the two witnessed the Citizens crumbled into pieces. Unable to score a single goal, Barcelona took the opportunity to convert and shift the odds into their favor. Lionel Messi scored a penalty and Dani Alves hit a late minute goal to extend their lead.

 

Prior to the final whistle, Pellegrini cried foul over a booking handed over to Michel Dimechelis, which, eventually, resulted to a penalty shot awarded to Messi. The squad’s head honcho referred to referee Jonas Eriksson’s decision as “not impartial.” Unfortunately, such statement resulted to a 2-match ban against the Chilean tactician. This is despite asking for an apology over the matter.

 

Manchester City will need to get a 3-0 result to overcome Barcelona’s lead.

 

Prediction: Barcelona

Barcelona is pitted as the online betting favorite of the match. With odds at 1.48, going for Barcelona guarantees a decent value.

 

 

Image Source: Telegraph