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Champions League

A rematch of one of last season’s round of sixteen ties in the UEFA champions League is on the cards, as Man City were once again drawn against Spanish giants Barcelona.

City have had little luck with their draws in the Champions League in their relatively short history in the competition, and they have drawn another short straw this time around.

City pay the price for failing to win their group, although again it was a tough one as they had to battle with Bayern Munich, Rome and CSKA Moscow. Back to back wins over Bayern Munich and Rome saw City edge through in second place behind the Bundesliga outfit from their group.

So City’s success has come with a heavy price tag because they are now charged with trying to beat Barcelona to progress to thee quarter finals.

It has been a strange Champions League draw for City, because they faced CSKA Moscow and Bayern Munich in the group stage, just as they had done last year, and now face Barcelona in the round of sixteen, again, just as they did last season.

City came unstuck in last season’s round of sixteen against Barcelona, losing 4-1 on aggregate against the Catalans. Barcelona won 2-0 in Manchester and then finished the job with a 2-1 win back at the Nou Camps. Goals from Lionel Messi and Dani Alves in both fixtures was enough for the Catalans to progress, with Vincent Kompany getting City’s consolation in the tie.

City are 5/2 underdogs for the first leg of the round of sixteen meeting, which will be played in Manchester on February 24th. Barcelona are even money at online betting site Bet365 to pick up the away win and the Spaniards are 4/11 odds on To Qualify from the tie.

The Citizens have only ever managed three wins from eleven previous meetings with Spanish opponents, losing five of those eleven. Two of those victories came home and away against Villarreal CF in the 2011/12 group stage.

As for Barcelona, their win in Manchester last season, snapped a run of five away games against English sides without a win for the Blaugrana (D2 L3), a sequence that included semi-final eliminations against Manchester United in 2008 and Chelsea in 2012.

Barcelona’s record away at English clubs though isn’t great, winning just seven of their 29 away games played against English sides, losing 14 of those. However, they have massive strength at home, because they have won fifteen and lost just two of 28 home fixtures at the Nou Camp against English opposition.

Barcelona have also beaten English clubs in three UEFA Champions League finals: Arsenal FC (2006) and Manchester United FC (2009, 2011).

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Champions League Outright Winner Odds at Bet365

Bayern Munich 11/4, Real Madrid 11/4, Barcelona 6/1, Chelsea 8/1, Man City 18/1, Atletico Madrid 20/1, Arsenal 20/1, bar 28/1

 


17th December 2014 / Lee - Category: Champions League

Premier League Betting

Manchester City v Everton Betting Preview

The big game of the weekend in the Premier League and it should be a fixture which produces goals. The two clashes between them last season certainly did, but as for picking out a winner, will City’s big improvement over their recent stretch of games see them have too much in the bank for the Toffees, who are struggling to pick up wins in the top flight at the moment?

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Manchester City v Everton Betting Tips

It has the look of goals. The Citizens have started to bang them in with a little more proficiency, and punters don’t go relying on the Toffees for clean sheets. Manchester City have recorded just the one clean sheet in their last seventeen Premier League meetings with Everton. That would indicate that there is going to be some value in the Both Teams To Score market for a price of 4/6 with online betting site paddy Power. City are starting to look more settled and improved, and their recent results would echo that. The Citizens have produced four wins and a draw in their last five Premier League outings and they have scored the twelve goals in that sequence.

They do concede though, but convincing wins over Southampton and Sunderland on the road in their last two matches have seen them start to gather some momentum. Will their must-win game against Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday distract them a little here? Regardless, some attention has to be paid to Sergio Aguero and his goalscoring exploits this season. He scored in both meetings with Everton in last season’s top flight and he is up at a price of 3/1 in the first goalscorer market. Well worth a shot as he has scored seven in his last eight league home matches. Aguero has scored 14 Premier League goals this season, which is more goals than Sunderland (13), Burnley (10) and Aston Villa (8) have managed.

The Toffees have been struggling for victories this season, and have only put one on the board in their last five league outings in a W1 D3 L1 record. It is probably fair to say that their style of play and sheer bravery in just going hell for leather at teams deserves more points. But sometimes, their bravado is their downfall at the back in giving away points. Still, they will give most teams a good run for their moment, and Romelu Lukaku scored in both of his Premier League appearances for the Toffees against City. Lukaku is trading at a quote of 2/1 in the anytime goalscorer market for Saturday’s clash at the Etihad.

The Toffees have lost just one of their last ten games in all competitions, so they aren’t taken down very easily. You have to have some concern over Everton at the back though, because they have only recorded three Premier League clean sheets this season and only one of those have come away from Goodison Park. Another factor which may prevent Everton picking up a victory, is the fact that Everton boss Roberto Martinez has gone up against Manchester City ten times before in the Premier League as a manager and has never managed to take three points off the Citizens. Again, this could boil down to a high scoring game with the visitors really playing their part, and both meetings last term went over 2.5 goals, with the Citizens scoring three in each.

Manchester City v Everton Betting Odds

Man City 1/2, Draw 7/2, Everton 5/1

Manchester City v Everton Predictions

The Toffees may be the orchestrators of their own downfall in this one. They will probably try to take on City at their own game, but that will leave them open at the back to sucker punches, especially from the in-form Sergio Aguero. The Citizens have the strength and form at the moment to be backable and it is worth taking them to win their fourth league outing on the bounce and keep up the pressure on Chelsea.

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4th December 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Premier League Betting

Manchester City v Swansea Betting Preview

Can City get their season going? They have been through some trying times of late and boss Manuel Pellegrini has been feeling the heat, largely for City looking very one dimensional and not having a plan b up their sleeve. Swansea have already taken a victory in Manchester this season and will be looking to claim another big scalp on the road.

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Manchester City v Swansea Betting Tips

It hasn’t been the greatest of season from the Citizens. Still, this has been their fourth ever best start to a Premier League campaign. They are even one point better off at this stage than they were at this point last term. They have won just the one game in their last six in all competitions, but do have a strong home record against the Swans. The Citizens have won 11 and lost only one of their thirteen previous home games against Swansea, so they are running rightly as odds-on favourites. They booked a comfortable 3-0 result in this corresponding fixture last season. Manchester City have won four and lost just one of the last six Premier League matches against Swansea.

They are a solid home side and under Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City have lost two and won 20 of their 24 Premier League matches at the Etihad. They have had their blips there this season though, starting with a shock home defeat against Stoke and snatching a late draw against champions-elect Chelsea. They have actually scored more goals on the road than they have done at the Etihad, but they still average more than a respectable 1.8 goals per game on home turf. Their latest problems were compounded in a 2-2 draw at QPR, a point rescued by the brilliant Sergio Aguero. They would be seriously floundering without him, and Aguero, who is looking to bag his 12th Premier League goal of the season is a strong 5/2 favourite in the first goalscorer market.

As for Swansea’s, Garry Monk has managed to guide them to their best ever start to a Premier League season, having picked up 18 from eleven matches. They went into the international break on the back of a win, coming from behind to topple the fragile Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium. That is the second big scalp they have claimed this season because they also took a victory at Old Trafford against Man Utd on the opening weekend of the season. That victory at Old Trafford has been their only away win of the season though, since going W0 D2 L2 on the road. The draw/Man City half time/full time bet may be considered her considering that Swansea have conceded the highest percentage of second half goals this season. Wilfried Bony may be worth a look in the anytime goalscorer market for 7/2 at Paddy Power as he has scored two goals in his one appearance against Man City in the Premier League.

Manchester City v Swansea Betting Odds

Man City 2/5, Draw 4/1, Swansea 7/1

Manchester City v Swansea Predictions

The Welsh outfit haven’t produced the kind of away form to confidently back to take advantage of the stuttering form of City at the Etihad. So the home side should pick up the three points, but it could just be worth avoiding the match outright all together and simply targeting profit on Sergio Aguero in the first goalscorer or anytime goalscorer markets.

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20th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Football Betting

Where will Ross Barkley start the new Premier League season? The big clubs in the hunt for the Premier League title have all been pretty busy spending the cash already and online betting site Coral have taken a look at reigning champions Manchester City to see how they will respond to the big cash which has been splashed around so far from the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea.

Coral have slapped a price of 2/1 that Everton midfielder Ross Barkley will start the season with Man City and are also offering 6/4 on Radamel Falcao being at the Etihad before the close of the summer transfer window. Online betting site Paddy Power have put Manchester City at 6/4 to be Barkley’s next club (with no set time-frame), while Manchester United are 3/1 and Chelsea are 4/1 to land the young England starlet.

Manchester City so far have completed deals for goalkeeper Willy, right-back Bacary Sagna and midfielder Fernando, and they are reported to be closing in on Porto’s French centre-back Eliaquim Mangala.

 


20th July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

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The Eagles are in red hot form at the moment, having won their last five matches in the Premier League on the bounce. Only Liverpool can boast a better winning streak at the moment. Just recently the Eagles scuppered Chelsea’s hopes of winning the Premier League title by taking a 1-0 home win over the Blues. Can they throw a major spanner in the title hopes of City too?

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Man City still need help to win the league, as they will hoping for a Chelsea win at Anfield on Sunday. They still have to keep winning games themselves, but if that scenario plays out over the weekend, then the citizens will still have a shot at the title, most likely coming down to goal difference, and City hold the upper hand over Liverpool in that department.

Palace have really upped their game under Pulis and this may not be an easy afternoon for the Citizens. The Citizens have only won two of their last 11 league games against Palace at Selhurst Park too. Of course though City have firepower in their team and they may as well throw the kitchen sink at this one. Sergio Aguero is back, a major boost for Manuel Pellegrini, so there should be goals. The Eagles have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 11 league meetings with the Citizens.


25th April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Milner - Dzeko (Manchester City)

Man City v Southampton Betting Preview
There can’t be any more slip ups from the Citizens after only managing a point at Arsenal last weekend. They will look to their immense home form this season to get three points in the bag to lift them closer to the title. The Saints can be a tricky side to handle at times, but the Citizens are heavy favourites to get the win on the board.

Man City v Southampton Betting Odds at online bookmaker Betfred
Man City 3/10, Draw 4/1, Southampton 7/1

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Man City v Southampton Betting Tips:
There have been plenty of goals in recent meetings between these two four of the last five have one over 2.5 goals so that looks to be a good start for your betting. The Citizens were frustrated in their visit to St Mary’s earlier in the season, only taking a 1-1 draw. It was a 1-1 draw against Arsenal last weekend which saw their title hopes hit a little road bump, but they start the weekend four points back of leaders Liverpool but with two games in hand over them. So still a big opportunity for them and they have dropped just the three home points at the Etihad this season. That’s pretty immense form to back and they have won their last two matches there scoring six unanswered goals in total.

City have kept clean sheets in 57% of their home matches this season and they have scored at a rate of 3.4 goals per game. In the anytime goalscorer markets, Sergio Aguero is still set to miss the game as he recovers from a hamstring problem, so Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo are top options at Even money in the market, with Yaya Toure at 11/8. Dzeko incidentally has scored in two of his three Premier League matches against the Saints. City have actually only won three of the last ten against the Saints in the top flight, but they have now posted back to back wins over them at the Etihad in the league. Would look for a Both Teams To Score wager as both teams have been on the scoresheet in each of the last five meetings in all competitions between these two.

The Saints are in a decent bit of nick having won three of their last four. Their one defeat in that run was a loss at White Hart Lane when they blew an early 2-0 lead against the Lilywhites. Mauricio Pochettino’s men only need to shut up shop in that one, but they decided to stick to their open play and got punished. They responded well though with a 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle last weekend. Jay Rodriguez netted a couple in that game and is a 3/1 shot in the anytime goalscorer market, the same price as Ricky Lambert. The Saints have posted a W6 D4 L6 record on the road this season so anything can happen with them. They have won three and lost two of their last five away from St Mary’s.

Prediction
Southampton have won five and lost three of their last 10 EPL matches against City. But they have lost on their last two visits there. Pressure is on City to deliver and the Saints may not get enough of the game to take the win, but there is a reasonable chance of it going over 2.5 goals for a price of 1/2.

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Form (all competitions)
Man City LLWWWD, Southampton LLWWLW

Stat Attack
The Saints have won five and lost three of their last ten EPL matches against City
Edin Dzeko has scored in two of this three league games against Southampton
Four of the last five meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
City have won the last three in a row (in all competitions) at home against the Saints

 


3rd April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Premier League Betting

Arsenal v Man City Betting Preview
The title challenge from Arsenal this season may have already fallen by the wayside. But a win here would at least keep their spirits alive and stop the arrest which looks as if they may even end up missing out on the Champions League. Their confidence has been dented badly over the last week, whereas, in contrast, City’s have been growing and growing.

Arsenal v Man City Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Man City Evens, Draw 13/5, Arsenal 5/2

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Arsenal v Man City Betting Tips:
The Gunners need to find a way to pick themselves up somehow after a tough week. There was that 6-0 drubbing by Chelsea and then they couldn’t hold on to a lead back at the Emirates in the week against Swansea. It wasn’t a great ninety minutes from Arsenal either, more a decent ten minutes in the second half which almost gave them three points. The Gunners have now won just two of their last seven matches played and their season is in big danger of slipping away from them. They have won just one of their last three home games in the league as well now (W1 D2) so not firing on all cylinders there. Olivier Giroud though has scored 3 goals in his last 2 home games and is trading at 7/4 in the anytime goalscorer market.

The Gunners took a 6-3 drubbing at the Etihad back in December and so it’s hard to find confidence in them for the rematch. You won’t often see Arsenal as underdogs with the bookies at home. But they have only posted one win in their last four home matches against City, and in three of those Arsenal failed to score. Those recent draws against Man Utd and Swansea at the Emirates have blotted what has in general been a good home season for the Gunners, whose record stands at W10 D4 L1 on home turf. They have only lost one of their last 17 home matches in all competitions. Interestingly there have been six red cards in the last seven Premier League meetings between the two sides and five of those have come in the last three meetings at the Emirates.

There should be goals in this one, so would look over the 2.5 goal mark. City are running in some nice form, getting up a head of steam to finish off the season with. They took a 3-0 win at Old Trafford in the week with relative ease and they will look for a big three points here to keep up the pressure on Chelsea in the title race. In beating Arsenal earlier in the season, City scored six goals from their seven shots on target. The Citizens have only lost one of their last seven against the Gunners in all competitions and are firm favourites here.  Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo are priced up at 7/4 options in the anytime goalscorer market. City are unbeaten in their last nine away matches, winning their last two on the bounce and have kept clean sheets in four of their last five road games.

Prediction
Hard to see Arsenal having the resilience needed to get a win against an in form City at the moment. They are going into it on the back of a tough week, while City are motoring now, having kept clean sheets in their last five Premier League games. Big value at Evens to back City outright.

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Form (all competitions)
Arsenal LWDWLD, Man City WLLWWW

Stat Attack
There have been six red cards in the last seven league meetings
City scored six goals from seven shots on target against Arsenal earlier in the season
Arsenal have won one of the last seven meetings with City in all competitions
City have kept clean sheets in their last five Premier League matches


28th March 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Premier League Betting

Nasri - Negredo - Navas (City)

Man City v Sunderland Betting Preview
Will it be to the north east or the north west that the first domestic piece of silverware will be heading to on Sunday? Manuel Pellegrini’s quadruple-chasing (more realistically treble-chasing) City are favourites to claim the honours at Wembley, but the Black Cats have had something going for them in Cup matches this season. They only have to look back at Wigan’s win over City in last season’s FA Cup final for some positivity. After some big wins on their way to the final, do they have something special left for the challenge of City?

Man City v Sunderland Betting Odds at online bookmaker William Hill
Man City 2/7, Draw 5/1, Sunderland 9/1

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Man City v Sunderland Betting Tips:
Well the Citizens are running as clear favourites here. They have the goalscoring power at their disposal to  brush aside most teams, and are expected to cap their trip to Wembley with the trophy. However, that was expected to happen on their last visit there, in facing Wigan in last season’s FA Cup Final, where as heavy favourites, they lost 1-0. It hasn’t been going too smoothly of late for them as well, with goals drying up a bit and they have lost their last two games against the Black Cats as well, including a league defeat already this season. However City do of course have big match winners in their forward ranks, and in the Anytime Goalscorer market, it is City’s players who are dominating. Sergio Aguero is 4/7 favourite, with Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic at 6/5 and a clutch of other City players at 3/1. They’ll get their chances in the game.

However, they have only managed to find three goals in their last five matches in all competitions though and their form has gone patchy. It started with that home defeat against Chelsea in the Premier League, which seemed to shake them up a bit. With just two wins in their last five games in all competitions, it’s not the kind of form you expect from City and they only scraped a 1-0 home win over Stoke on the weekend too. They have struggled to find a winning touch against the Black Cats recently too, having won one of their last five against the Black Cats now. So perhaps this may not turn out to be the big goal fest that everyone is expecting it to be.  Under 2.5 goals is trading at a price of 6/4 with William Hill, while over is at 1/2. Pellegrini’s men are strong 1/6 shots To Lift The Trophy.

City fans can take a huge positive after Sunderland’s poor performance at the Emirates against Arsenal on the weekend. Gus Poyet’s men were embarrassed in a 4-1 defeat and were second best all over the pitch. Not a confidence booster ahead of a cup final, but maybe they had one eye on Wembley. The Black Cats have been pretty good in Cup games this season, and they have taken a hard road to the final. They upset Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the quarter finals and then deservedly won on aggregate in their two-legged semi final against Manchester United. Resilience and grit were both big features of their success in those two ties and they will need all of that again at Wembley. Frankly, if they play as badly as they did against the Gunners on the weekend, they aren’t going to get close to the trophy.

The margin and manner of defeat against Arsenal was a bit of a shock, because they have tightened up defensively very well lately. One of their star players has been Adam Johnson since the start of the year and he is trading at 4/1 in the anytime goalscorer market, alongside Steven Fletcher and Jozy Altidore. Sunderland have posted a W3 D1 L1 record in their last five against Man City and their three wins have all been bya 1-0 scoreline (their last four wins over City have been by that scoreline). There’s a trend and if you fancy it to continue then a Sunderland 1-0 Correct Score is up at a long shot of 28/1. A more realistic City 2-0 victory is trading at 6/1 in the market. Sunderland have only failed to find the back of the net in one of their last eleven in all competitions, and Both Teams To Score is trading at Even money with William Hill. Will they get enough of the ball to trouble the Citizens at Wembley though?

Prediction
Big difference in price for the game and that should tell at the end of the day. Sunderland have been a great cup side this season, but would still have to back City to come away with the win. Maybe tighter than expected, but a City To Win To Nil bet for a price of 5/4 looks good to back the Citizens with.

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Form (all competitions)
Man City WLDWLW, Sunderland WWWLWL


26th February 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Betfair

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The mighty Catalans will bring Lionel Messi and co to the Etihad on Tuesday night, and City will be hoping to avoid getting over-ran as they did when Bayern Munich visited the north west in the group stage. This has the look of being a fantastic game and of course it brings with it the high potential of goals.

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Match ends in a draw
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If your first pre-match wager on any of those markets loses but your refund option is triggered, then you will get your stake refunded up to the value of £25! So only your first bet placed in the promotion will count towards the refund trigger. This is a tremendous offer, because it’s your cashback, your call.

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17th February 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Nasri - Negredo - Navas (City)

Man City v Barcelona Betting Preview
This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides in European competition, and hopefully it will live up to its expectation. The Citizens start the match at the Etihad as underdogs, as their home defeat against Bayern Munich will be on people’s minds. They face another of Europe’s elite now as they try and prove that they are ready to live among such illustrious company.

Man City v Barcelona Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Barcelona 6/4, Man City 7/4, Draw 5/2

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Man City v Barcelona Betting Tips:
It is the first time in the knockout stages of the Champions League for Man City and what a tough test they were handed. They Citizens took 15 points away from their group campaign, finishing second behind Bayern Munich, which is partly reason (with luck involved of course) as to why they have drawn such a tough match. But this is what City are looking to thrive on and the big component here is going to be Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho’s races to get fit for it. City have been missing both of their influential inputs lately. It has left the bookies hovering on prices of 5/4 for Aguero to score at anytime in the game, while Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko are around 2/1.

A massive asset to City of course will be Pellegrini himself, who has performed wonders in the competition before. He got Villarreal to the quarter finals twice against the odds, and last season he did it again with Malaga. In his managerial career in Spain, he is no stranger to facing up to Barcelona. However, from 22 previous encounters against the Blaugrana, Pellegrini won just four of them, losing 14. City lost against Bayern Munich at home on Match Day Two, but that has been their only defeat in their last 23 European fixtures on home soil. City’s record at home against Spanish clubs is W2 D2 L0, the most recent encounter coming against Real Madrid in last season’s group stage, the game ending 1-1.

Would expect goals at both ends and a Both Teams To Score wager is up at 4/9, which isn’t a surprising price. Going over 2.5 goals in the match will fetch you odds of around 4/7 with Paddy Power too. Barcelona topped Group H in the first round, but they did suffer a defeat, losing away at Ajax. They are looking for their seventh successive quarter final appearance, and there could be hope for City to get something out of this because Barca have only won one of their last six matches on the road in European competition, losing three of them. So there are so vulnerabilities and that would point to perhaps a little value in a Man City – Draw Double Result.

Lionel Messi has been in fine form since his return from injury, with five goals in three games and manager Gerardo Martino doesn’t think he’s even fully fit yet. In last season’s round of sixteen, Barcelona lost 2-0 away at AC Milan and then ran riot winning the return leg 4-0. That is the size of the task facing City here. The Spaniards though haven’t won on their last five visits to England, most recently losing in London 1-0 at Chelsea in the 2011/12 semi finals. Barcelona’s overall away record against English sides is W6 D8 L14 so not a place that they have travelled to particularly well. They have not won on their four previous visits to Manchester either (a D2 L2 record at Old Trafford).

Prediction
If both play their natural games, this should be fantastic. Barcelona will still get more of the ball, but the last thing City want to do is expose their back line to counter attacks, as Messi can punish them. The Citizens need to get something on the board to defend here and there could well be value in shooting for that City – Draw Double Chance at 1/2 with Paddy Power, given the fact that Barcelona aren’t travelling well.

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Form (all competitions)
Man City WWWLDW, Barcelona WLWWDW

Stat Attack
City hold an unbeaten W2 D2 home record against Spanish sides
Barcelona have won just one of their last six European away games
This is the first competitive meeting between the two clubs
City have lost just one of their last 23 European home games


17th February 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League










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