Man City v Barcelona: Visitors primed for at least two goals

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Manchester City may have returned to winning ways with only their fifth clean sheet of the season last time out, but both aspects are unlikely to be repeated against Barcelona in the Champions League.

The Catalan club ran riot against the Citizens in their last Group C clash, as the Etihad outfit endured a six-game stretch without victory.

Claudio Bravo’s sending off and a catalogue of defensive errors contributed to the 4-0 downfall in the Nou Camp, despite the visitors widely receiving credit for playing better than the scoreline suggested.

A timely boost of confidence arrived in the form of a 4-0 win of City’s own against West Brom, but while Pep Guardiola’s new side have only just rediscovered their mojo, his old one has seemingly never lost it.

That Champions League triumph was one of four that Luis Enrique’s Blaugrana have obtained in succession and we go 6/4 that the Spaniards extend the streak to five on Tuesday night.

The hosts can be backed at 9/5 to overturn their Group C rivals, while the draw is available at 13/5. However, it is a bet on Barcelona scoring at least twice that appeals most.

Scoring goals has come incredibly easy for the La Liga giants this term. No team has managed to shut them out yet and over the past 10 outings they have notched two or more eight times.

That’s a run strong enough to suggest the 5/6 we offer on them scoring over 1.5 goals at the Etihad is worth taking, even before we consider their previous trips to that ground.

Barca have scored exactly two goals in both of their last two trips to City’s HQ and looked well placed to at least match that on their latest sojourn.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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