Wednesday, March 18, 2015

FC Barcelona vs Manchester City
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Match date: 18 March 2015
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona, Spain) 

After seeing Martin Demichelis sent off shortly before the hour mark, goals from Messi and Dani Alves at the Etihad Stadium last week have hindered Manchester City’s chances of advancing into the last-eight of the competition.
FC Barcelona have suffered two defeats in three La Liga outings since the first leg in Manchester. They went down 3-1 at Sociedad and most recently 1-0 at Valladolid and although they won a home game 4-1 against Almeria, they are now in third spot in the Spanish title race and four points behind league leaders Real Madrid. Iniesta missed the weekend encounter and is expected to sit this one out. Puyol is still out of action due to injuries as well as Cuenca and Jonathan Dos Santos. Apart from those absences, Gerardo Martino has no selection worries at the moment.
After beating Sunderland in the League Cup final last week at Wembley, City’s hopes of an illustrious quadruple winning season hit a huge snag a surprising 2-1 FA Cup defeat at the hands Wigan a repeat of last season’s final.
Manchester City will be boosted with the return of Sergio Aguero to European football after his absence from the first leg. Demichelis is suspended, while head coach Manuel Pellegrini will serve a touchline ban. Lescott and Javi García are in contention to replace Demichelis alongside Vincent Kompany at the heart of City’s defence. Nastasic and Jovetic are doubtful.
Pellegrini’s team have already won at the Allianz Arena this season where they came from 2-0 behind to beat the European champions and the Spanish champions have shown themselves to be vulnerable on occasions this term even if they boast a fine array of attacking players.

Probable lineups:
FC Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Alba, Bartra, Piquè, Dani Alves; Iniesta, Mascherano, Rakitic; Neymar, Messi, Suarez.
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov; Fernando, Yaya Tourè; Milner, Nasri, David Silva; Aguero.

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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