Man City face an uphill task of qualifying for the Champions League quarter finals as they go into tonight’s clash with FC Barcelona, already 2-0 down on aggregate. A Lionel Messi penalty and a late Dani Alves strike sunk Manuel Pellegrini’s side in these side’s first leg encounter last month and the Citizens are 10.00 overall to progress to the last eight of the competition.
Barcelona are unsurprisingly 1.58 favourites for this tie despite their recent form taking a turn for the worse. They sit four points adrift fierce rivals Real Madrid at the top of the La Liga table after a shock defeat to Valladolid on Saturday and look decreasingly likely to reclaim their La Liga crown from a rampant Real Madrid side. Man City meanwhile yet again came unstuck against lowly Wigan on Sunday, suffering a surprise 2-1 defeat to them in the FA Cup.
City will be buoyed by the return of their talismanic striker Sergio Aguero this evening – a player City could have done with in their first leg clash with Los Blaugranas. Barca meanwhile have a full roster to choose from for tonight’s game with Pedro, Messi and Neymar the most likely candidates to spearhead the Catalonian’s attack.