Man City vs Barcelona by Kamlesh

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Manchester City easily defeated Chelsea in the FA Cup. In fact, the Chelsea players looked tired and out of shape due to their midweek match. Also, they were vulnerable at the back without their leader and club captain defender John Terry. Nevertheless, Manchester City fully deserved their win. They were strong on all fronts - attack, defence and midfield. They still boast the best attack in England. Now, they have to face one of the best teams in Spain and Europe in the name of Barcelona.


Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was sacked due to his failure in Champions League and the team owners have put their trust in Manuel Pellegrini for Champions League success. Leading scorer Aguero (17/15) is back in training but there is still little chance for him to feature in this clash as he may be lacking match fitness. Otherwise, midfielder Fernandinho (20/3) and defender Nastasic (13/1) have not recovered yet. However, Manchester City have great depth in squad with other world class players in those positions.


On the other side, Barcelona easily won their last match in the league against Rayo Vallecano (6-0). But this is not surprising as Rayo Vallecano are one of the worst teams in La Liga and they are expected to be relegated. Barcelona need no introduction. They have great experience playing in the Champions League, having already won this trophy several times. Besides, they have one of the best player in the world in their team by the name of Lionel Messi (17/13). Nevertheless, Messi was injured for some weeks and lost a bit of form but he seems to be hitting top form at the right moment as he scored a brace in his last match. Barcelona do not have any important players missing for this Champions League clash.


Undoubtedly, Barcelona are very strong but they are not invincible. They have already lost 2 times in La Liga and they also lost a match against Ajax in the Champions League Group Stage. Ajax were playing with 10 players and they managed to defeat Barcelona by a score of 2-1. Barcelona do suffer when they play away games.


Manchester City are very strong at home and they are one of the best teams in England, having purchased so many world class and quality players. They certainly have the ability to defeat any team, including Barcelona. They even defeated Bayern Munich in the group stage (2-3).


With home advantage and support of the fans, I think Manchester City will not lose this first leg in the 8th finals of the Champions League.


Manchester City Asian Handicap 0. If Manchester City win, the bet win and in case of draw, the stake will be refunded.

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Manchester City AH 0 BetVictor 2.15 8 0-2 LOST (-8 units)
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