Manchester City v Barcelona Betting PredictionsPublished November 1, 2016
Manchester City found their mojo at the right time when they whacked four past West Brom at the weekend. It was right before what Pep Guardiola calls their ‘final’. He’s not wrong. City were the ones who had four whacked past them the last time they faced Barcelona. But that scoreline wasn’t the clearest reflection of the match. Guardiola’s side were holding their own, albeit holding their own and trailing, when Claudio Bravo’s moment of madness derailed everything.
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That was only one of several costly defensive mistakes City made that night. Three of Barcelona’s four goals came directly from the errors of City defenders. While Guardiola won’t change his approach of playing out from the back, he mightn’t crucify anyone for hoofing it from time to time.
Bravo obviously won’t be available so Willy Caballero will start in his place. Sergio Aguero will be expected to start after being left out of the last game. Guardiola used a strikerless formation to try to quell Barcelona at the Camp Nou but should put his faith in the Argentine forward to cause problems. Pablo Zabaleta should also be available for the home side.
Barcelona will be without Andres Iniesta and will be weakened at the back by the absence of defenders Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Aleix Vidal and Jeremy Mathieu, who was sent off in their first meeting. Yet we’re still going to back the visitors to get a result.
Predicted Man City XI: Willy, Kolarov, Stones, Otamendi, Fernando, Gundogan, Fernandinho, Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne, Aguero
Predicted Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen, Digne, Umtiti, Mascherano, Roberto, Rafinha, Rakitic, Turan, Messi, Suarez, Neymar