Manchester City v Barcelona – Starting teams

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Updated: February 18, 2014

Champions league  is back tonight and we have the starting teams from Eithad Stadium as Manchester City welcome Barcelona.

City have scored 68 goals in 25 league games so far this season, its the highest in the English top-flight, and Pellegrini wants his team to continue to show their attacking intent against Barcelona.

“Of course when you play against Barca you always must consider important things,” said Pellegrini.

“But the most important thing is to continue being the same team you see every week in Premier League, to continue having the same style of play and the personality.


“We are not just going to think about defending, but what we can do with the ball. That is the most important thing.”

Barcelona sit top of the Spanish Primera Liga after a crushing 6-0 win over Real Vallecano on Saturday. There were some worries that Barca were in trouble after losing their undefeated home record to Valencia two weeks ago.

That was just there second defeat in the league this season but they’ve since struck back with a 3-1 aggregate victory over Real Soceidad in the Copa Del Rey and successive league wins against Sevilla and Vallecano on an aggregate scoreline of 10-1. Those wins put them top of the tree in La Liga and they also topped their Champions League group to reach the last sixteen.

A second double in as many games for Lionel Messi at the weekend saw him become the top scorer for a single club in the history of Spanish football with a phenomenal 337 goals at the age of 26.

Starting teams

Manchester City - Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Navas, Fernandinho, Yaya Touré, Kolarov; Silva, Negredo.

Barcelona - Valdés; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta; Cesc, Messi, Sanchez.

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Manchester City who knocked Chelsea out of the FA Cup at the weekend are currently 11/1 to win the Champions League and they will face four time Champions League champions, Barcelona on Tuesday night. City are 11/8 to reach the last eight whilst Pellegrini’s men are 19/10 to record a home leg win with Barcelona on offer at 7/5.

Tuesday night’s other match sees Bayern Leverkusen priced at 23/10 to record a home leg win over Paris St Germain (5/4) with a draw priced at 23/10.

Liam Glynn, PR Executive at Boylesports said “The Champions League returns this week and currently holders Bayern Munich are our worst liability followed by Manchester City who have seen support in the past few days at 11/1.”

He added “Manchester City are proving popular at 11/8 to reach the last eight whilst the Blues are 28/1 to win the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup & Capital One Cup.”

Champions League 2013/2014 – Outright Betting

Bayern Munich 23/10

Real Madrid 4/1

Barcelona 5/1

Man City 11/1

Chelsea 12/1

Atletico Madrid 14/1

Paris St Germain 14/1

Borussia Dortmund 16/1

Man United 16/1

Arsenal 33/1

AC Milan 66/1

Bayer Leverkusen 125/1

Galatasaray 150/1

Zenit St Petersburg 250/1

Schalke 250/1

Olympiakos 300/1

EW 1/2 1, 2

Matches

18th February                                                  Home  Draw   Away

Bayer Leverkusen v Paris St Germain         23/10   23/10   5/4

Man City v Barcelona                                     19/10   5/2      7/5

                                  

19th February                                              Home  Draw   Away  

AC Milan v Atletico Madrid                        5/2       9/4       6/5

Arsenal v Bayern Munich                           4/1       14/5     7/10

To qualify for next Round

Bayern Munich 1/5

Paris St Germain 2/7

Atletico Madrid 4/11

Barcelona 8/15

Manchester City 11/8

AC Milan 2/1

Bayern Leverkusen 5/2

Arsenal 10/3

Multiple Trophies – Manchester City

FA Cup & Capital One Cup Evens

Premier League & Capital One Cup 5/4

Premier League & FA Cup & Capital One Cup 13/5

Premier League & FA Cup 3/1

Champions League & Capital One Cup 12/1

No Major Trophies 14/1

FA Cup & Champions League 18/1

Premier League & Champions League 20/1

Champions League & FA Cup & Capital One Cup 20/1

Champions League & Premier League & Capital One Cup 22/1

Premier League & Champions League & FA Cup 25/1

Premier League & Champions League & FA Cup & Capital One Cup 28/1

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