SOME big games have been letdowns recently but Man City v Barcelona should live up to its billing.
A couple of predicted goalfests – Arsenal v Man Utd for one – have ended scoreless but there's no chance of that at the Etihad tonight.
This should be a Champions League cracker between sides who haven't mastered the art of defending.
The likes of Jose Mourinho and Davie Moyes know how to grind out a 0-0 – but Manuel Pellegrini and Tata Martino haven't a clue.
Pellegrini insists his tactics will be big and bold rather than designed to nullify the threat of Lionel Messi and co.
He stuck to his beliefs and was well beaten 3-1 by Bayern Munich in the group stage so you can't see back-on-form Barca not scoring.
Messi, Alexis Sanchez and Neymar all netted against Rayo at the weekend and I'm going for goals with over 2.5 paying 8-13 at Ladbrokes and over 3.5 returning 17-10 at McBookie. Both teams to score is highly likely and pays no bigger than 8-15 at McBookie.
City have beaten everyone at home in the league except Chelsea and if they had Sergio Aguero fit I've had fancied them at a best 19-10 at boylesports.
Aguero will be missed badly but a score draw at 18-5 at Stan James is possible as Barca will be confident about finishing the job in the Nou Camp. The Spaniards are favourites to win tonight at 7-4 with Betfred and 4-7 to qualify.
Tonight's other tie sees Bayer Leverkusen take on the might of PSG and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Bayer are struggling after losing five of their last seven, including a cup defeat to lower-league Kaiserslautern last week, and I can't forget their 5-0 humbling at home to Man Utd in the groups.
Ibrahimovic has bagged 32 goals this season, eight in the Champions League, and is 4-1 at McBookie and Paddy Power to score first and 5-4 at McBookie to net at anytime. And of course his chances are helped by the absence of strike partner Edinson Cavani.