Barcelona vs Manchester City Prediction - A Night Of Decisions At Camp Nou

Joel Amorim Mar 17, 2015 No Comment 70,877 views
UEFA Champions League 2014-15
FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona
vs Manchester City
Manchester City
ScheduleWednesday, 18 March 2015 at 18:45 GMT / 18:45 UK / 00:15 IST
VenueCamp Nou (Barcelona)

Next Wednesday, 18th of March 2015, the current English champions, Manchester City, will travel to Catalunya to measure forces with a super motivated Barcelona at the emblematic Camp Nou for the second-leg of the Last 16 stage of the UEFA Champions League.

Will Manchester City be able to stop this super Barça?
Will Manchester City be able to stop this super Barça?

Barcelona are currently going through a fantastic moment with five consecutive wins on the same respective amount of matches. The Catalan side are at the top of La Liga’s table and are on the final of the Copa del Rey, something that is certainly working as an important motivation element for a team that has already experienced some less impressive moments this season. After winning 2-1 at Etihad Stadium on the first-leg match, Barcelona embarked on an excellent streak of wins, something that served to restore the confidence that had been lost following their painful home defeat against Málaga almost one month ago.

Last weekend, Luis Enrique’s boys granted an important win at the Basque Country against La Liga’s newcomers SD Eibar, who, despite having lost, managed to cause Barcelona some problems.

As for Manchester City, the current English champions are definitely not having the time of their lives as they have lost three of their last five official matches. Their home defeat against the Catalan team opened some deep breaches in the Citizens’ apparently fragile structure and, ever since then, they have already lost twice in just two weeks' time.

After sucumbing at the hands of Liverpool and a somehow less impressive win over Leicester, Manchester City have lost again last weekend, this time at the expenses of a relegation threatened Burley at Turf Moor.

The Citizens’ head coach, Manuel Pellegrini, has a Herculean task on his hands and if we have in mind his team’s recent recent performances, it is not very likely that they will manage to turn their next Wednesday’s match at Camp Nou into something positive.

Barcelona

Stats: W-5 L-0 D-0

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Manchester City

Stats: W-2 L-3 D-0

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Possible Line-ups

Barcelona (4-3-3) - ter Stegen - Alves - Mathieu - Piqué - Jordi Alba - Mascherano - Iniesta - Rakitic - Neymar - Suárez - Messi

Manchester City (4-4-2) – Hart - Zabaleta - Demichelis - Kompany - Kolarov - Touré - Fernandinho - Nasri - Silva - Aguero - Dzeko

Injury List / Suspended Players

Barcelona

Sergio Busquets (inj)

Vermaelen (inj)

Manchester City

Gael Clichy (sus)

Head-to-head matches:

24.02.15 Manchester City Barcelona 1 : 2
12.03.14 Barcelona Manchester City 2 : 1
18.02.14 Manchester City Barcelona 0 : 2
19.08.09 Barcelona Manchester City 0 : 1

 

Top Players:

Barcelona

Lionel Messi

Luis Suarez

Neymar

Manchester City

Sergio Aguero

Yaya Touré

David Silva

Predictable Goal Scorers:

Barcelona

  1. Lionel Messi
  2. Luis Suarez
  3. Neymar

Manchester City

  1. Sergio Aguero
  2. Edin Dzeko
  3. Wilfried Bony

Half-Time Score

Barcelona 1 Manchester City 0

Full-Time Score

Barcelona 2 Manchester City 0

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