Paddy Power: City v Barca
- 17 February 2014 14:08
- Posted by @MCFC
All the best odds from Paddy Power ahead of City's hugely anticipated clash with the Catalan giants...
After a break of almost three months, Champions League action returns to the Etihad Stadium and the opposition is about as mouth-watering as its possible to get. Having successfully navigated a group containing the reigning European champions, Manchester City’s first ever game in the knock-out phase of the competition pits them against Barcelona, winners of two of the last five editions of the competition.
It’s certain to be a close affair and the odds chalked up by Paddy Power, official bookmaker of Manchester City, perfectly illustrate the point. City are 17/10 to win Tuesday night’s first leg, slight outsiders in comparison to Barca’s odds of 6/4. The draw is a 5/2 chance and City are a not outlandish 6/4 to qualify for the next round by the time both legs have been played.
The two giants of European football have never met in a competitive match, but City’s form this season suggests they’re more than ready for the task at hand. Since the end of the Champions League group stages in the middle of December, City have amassed an impressive record of 14 wins, two draws and a single defeat from their 17 games in the meantime. They’ve also scored 52 goals in those games, racking up seven clean sheets. In the same period, the Catalans have claimed 12 wins, three draws and one defeat.
City’s imposing home form should give confidence of securing a decent result ahead of the second leg. So far this season, Manuel Pellegrini’s side have won 18 games at the Etihad, losing just twice and building up a goal difference of +56. At that run rate, they’ve averaged just over three goals a game on their own patch and that make a Correct Score bets of City to win 2-1 at 9/1 or City to win 3-1 at 19/1 well worth a look.
With two prolific attacking sides going face to face, firepower will be essential for whoever wants to secure a place in the quarter-finals. Only Real Madrid managed to score more goals in the group phase than the 18 City managed and if they maintain that level of goalscoring, it’ll give them a great chance of progress. Despite not finding the net in three games, Alvaro Negredo has still scored nine goals in his nine last games and he’s also no stranger to scoring against Barcelona. Last season he grabbed a goal for Sevilla when Barca came to town and he’s 5/1 to be the First Goalscorer on Tuesday night. Yaya Toure scored five goals in 102 appearances for Barcelona, but since leaving the Camp Nou, goals have become a bigger part of his overall game. From averaging a goal every 20 games in Spain, Yaya now averages a goal roughly every four games for City and he’s an interesting 13/5 to score a goal at anytime of Tuesday’s game.
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