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.

PSG are flying high at the top of the French league and qualified in fine style. I'm on them at 13-10 with McBookie and Paddy Power to win in Germany and 1-3 (various) to qualify.

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.

Recommended Bets

Man City v Barcelona over 3.5 goals
(17-10, McBookie, BetVictor)

(13-10, McBookie, BetVictor)

Ibrahimovic to score
(5-4, McBookie, BetVictor)

  1. craig k 5 years ago

    Travelling down to Manchester in the morning to the etihad, my girlfriend got me a ticket for my 30th after trying to get me tickets for the Liverpool v arsenal game, should be a belter! Agree with the over 3.5 goals mr f, ill be on that as well as a draw and I fancy toure to score anytime against his old club

  2. maxclover 5 years ago

    Man city
    Ibrahimovic AT

    Double 7/1

  3. maxclover 5 years ago


  4. Alan 5 years ago

    All four CL games this week to finish as score draws, is 555/1 with Stan James.

  5. Craig Alves 5 years ago

    Afte getting £7.12 back for my free bet, fiver on acca at 5/1+ to cover free bet next Monday plus wee longshot :)

    Messi anytime 10/11
    Ibra anytime 10/11
    Forest v Leicester BTTS 5/6 £5 on at 5.3/1

    Messi and Ibra to score in both halves £2.12 on at 80/1

  6. Craig Alves 5 years ago

    Enjoy Craig, couldn’t have picked a better game yerself :)

  7. cooldude 5 years ago

    have you been smoking spliffs Craig?

  8. John 5 years ago

    Bet365‘s risk free bet looks too good to be true for guaranteed profit on the Man City game. Anyone know if £50 on each outcome will be honoured by them? Don’t want to try it only to lose a lot of money!

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      Mr Fixit 5 years ago

      John, read their t’s and c’s – they say they don’t have to honour bets placed just to guarantee profit so be wary of that.

  9. cooldude 5 years ago


  10. Craig Alves 5 years ago

    No spliffs cooldude, but could be the mora when am rolling in it with it finishing 2-2 for my score draw, nessi either side of ht as well as big beak :)

    • cooldude 5 years ago

      No offence Craig, but lookin at ye der now, your like a fella who hasnt seen daylight in years :)

  11. macattack 5 years ago

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic – First Goal 1-20 mins @ 10/1 Bet365

    maybe worth a small bet.

  12. Fitba Tips 5 years ago

    Hello folks

    First time poster, recently being lurking.

    Gist of the long post I posted 1st time round that disappeared into the ether.

    Not impressed by Barca.

    Cant see City, PSG or Watford losing.

  13. Rick 5 years ago

    A twist on mr fs bets, city v barca over 4.5 and ibra anytime wincast.16/1

  14. Craig Alves 5 years ago

    Orient v Stevenage

    Orient scored last 15 games
    Stevenage conceded 16 goals in last 6 away games

    Stevenage NO clean sheet – 1/7

    Steaua v Uni Cluj

    Top v 2nd bottom. Steaua top on gl difference but with this game in hand to go 3 points clear. In their last 28 home games they’ve won 25 drew 3 lost 1, not counting all they gls but there’s a few :)

    Uni de cluj have only got 1 point out their last 9 away games, conceding 24 and dinamo bucherest put 6 past them

    Steaua to score 2+ 3/10

    £13.65 returns £20.28 @bet365

  15. Craig Alves 5 years ago

    Hermits Hermit :)

  16. cooldude 5 years ago

    Craig your better then that ffs

  17. Monday 5 years ago

    O3.5 goals in the City game 6/4
    PSG to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 21/10!

    Like the look of this as a double on Skybet.

  18. Chappers 5 years ago

    Might be of some interest. Coral are doing a double Messi and ibra both to score anytime 4-1 seems good odds to me mrf

  19. JayZ 5 years ago

    Safe bet for me in the Man City v Barca game is over 2.5 goals.. 8/13 Ladbrokes

    Also Messi @ 4/5 Ladbrokes anytime scorer

  20. Rick 5 years ago

    Jay messi is evs at betfred

  21. JayZ 5 years ago

    Cheers Rick

  22. john 5 years ago

    John put £50 on man city before start of match and also £50 on barcelona at betfred 7/4 then put £50 on the draw in running you could also use this as an opportunity to open an account at coral put £50 on barcelona 6/4 plus a £50 free bet easy lol

  23. Craig Alves 5 years ago

    hahaha Wit you on about Cold ya steamer :)

  24. Lossie jim 5 years ago

    20 quid on four aways in this weeks champions league!!

  25. Titou 5 years ago

    Just a little heads up on Inra

    16 of Zlatan’s 19 goals in Ligue 1 have came at home

    Scored 4 at home & 4 away in Champions league albeit all 4 away goals came in one games vs the hapless Anderlecht defence

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  27. Rick 5 years ago

    Interesting stats.but lets face it over the past 6 months we have seen what ibra is capable of.

  28. Dave-Carlisle 5 years ago

    PSG to score both halves 9/4
    Barca to score both halves 2/1
    The double is almost 9/1.

  29. Dave-Carlisle 5 years ago

    Those odds were with bet365.

  30. SMR 5 years ago

    Like it Dave.

  31. Matt 5 years ago

    I can see man city nicking this one fellas, there no mugs by a long chalk and they know the return leg will be much tougher, man city 2-1

  32. Matt 5 years ago

    Just as a cover I’m going to have city draw no bet at 21/20 think it’s great value because I can’t see them losing this one

  33. Matt/millers rufc 5 years ago

    Also my treble is man city DNB, Watford and leyton orient

  34. Oor man in Napoli 5 years ago

    Just got the AC squad…very limited.

    Abbiati, Amelia, Coppola, Bonera, Constant, De Sciglio, Mexes, Rami, Zaccardo, De Jong, Emanuelson, Essien, Poli, Balotelli, Pazzini, Petagna, Taarabt

    *kaka and abate still a doubt with injuries but are in the squad.

    Robinho, El Shaarawy, Zapata, Birsa, Cristante, Honda, Montolivo, Muntari out

  35. minty 5 years ago

    Hi does anyone know if deandre has posted any nhs picks please!!

  36. Marky mark 5 years ago

    Wee cheeky £5 on kompany header from a corner first goal and £5 on jordi alaba sweet pass from messi boom

  37. Jeezy 5 years ago

    @craig alves and anyone who wants to bet on romanian league: first of all dont look at stats.every team has players that can make a difference in the field.And we also have derby’s like every country.Tonight wasnt for over 2.5 at Steaua just because if u look better u will see that u cluj has a history with Steaua meaning that they hardy lose. So if u want frim now on to bet on Romanian league maybe i could give u some pointers.

  38. SMR 5 years ago


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