After enjoying such a brilliant season, back-to-back defeats in the space of four days suggest Manchester City’s campaign is limping to an end and they may not have enough left in the tank to overturn a three-goal deficit against Liverpool.
The Reds were superb in the first half of last week’s Champions League quarter-final first leg, scoring three goals before, just as importantly, keeping a clean sheet against Pep Guardiola’s team.
City then threw away the chance to clinch the Premier League title on Saturday, eventually losing the Manchester derby 3-2 despite leading 2-0 at the interval.
Conceding six goals in two games suggests City’s Achilles heel remains their defence and it seems inconceivable that they will keep a clean sheet against Liverpool, who have been prolific all season.
There seems certain to be plenty of goals in the second leg, odds on there being over 4.5 in the game should be taken up at 2/1, and, while City will probably win at home, Liverpool have enough quality to score in Manchester and reach the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, Barcelona should finish the job off at the Stadio Olimpico after beating Roma 4-1 in last week’s first leg.
The Serie A side have been strong at home this season, although they did slump to a 2-0 loss to Fiorentina in the capital on Saturday, but have too much to do to reach the semi-final. Roma may start well but Barcelona have the craft and knowledge to see out games and are 11/2 to win the second leg from behind.
Barca remain unbeaten in La Liga after beating Leganes 3-1 at the weekend and are 12/1 to beat Roma by the same scoreline on Tuesday.