I’VE never been an Oasis fan but boy did Noel Gallagher talk some sense on MoTD2 on Sunday night.
Don’t think Jose Mourinho will be buying any of his records though – or any Man United fan for that matter.
I always like to hear fans’ views on their own team – celebrities or not – and two things Gallagher said convinced me to back Barcelona tonight.
We kind of knew it anyway but Gallagher reckons City are half a team without Yaya Toure and he also insisted the club was more interested in winning the Premier League than the Champions League – and that’s a different perspective from clubs such as Barcelona and Real Madrid. Bayern are the same but they’ve basically won the Bundesliga before it starts.
City were battered by Barcelona in last season’s Champions League – and I don’t expect them to dish out sweet revenge with Toure banned.
The Spanish stars won 2-0 at the Etihad 12 months ago and are massive favourites at 2-5 with McBookie to reach the last eight.
Saturday’s shock 1-0 loss at home to Malaga worries me but before that Barca had won 11 in a row and maybe had one eye on tonight.
City were at their best as they mauled Newcastle 5-0 but their visitors never turned up and you could see the difference Toure made on his return from the African Nations.
Let’s roll with it and take Barca to repeat last season’s win at a best 6-5 with McBookie and William Hill. City are 12-5 at Coral to qualify and 5-2 at William Hill and bet365 for a home win.
Lionel Messi netted at the Etihad on his last visit and is 4-1 at McBookie and Hills to break the deadlock. Luis Suarez will play in England for the first time since leaving Liverpool last summer and is 5-1 at bet365.
City’s main threat will come from Messi’s Argentina team-mate Sergio Aguero who is 6-1 at McBookie and Paddy Power to score first. There should be goals and over 2.5 goals pays 3-4 with boylesports.
Messi to score first
(4-1, McBookie, William Hill)
Over 2.5 goals