FC Barcelona vs Manchester City preview: No new injury concerns for Guardiola

By Ric Turner, Wed 19 October 2016 14:27


FC Barcelona vs Manchester City preview: No new injury concerns for GuardiolaBacary Sagna and Fabian Delph only absentees from squad that travelled to Catalonia

FC Barcelona vs Manchester City

Competition: UEFA Champions League, Group Stage

Date: 7.45pm, Wednesday 19th October 2016

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona

Referee: Milorad Mažic (SRB) Assistants: M Ristic (SRB), D Djurdjevic (SRB) Fourth Official: N Petrovic (SRB)

Odds: Barcelona 4/7, Draw 7/2, City 5/1. Great free betting tips from Free Super Tips.

Tickets: Sold out

TV: BT Sport

Barcelona

Manager: Luis Enrique

Squad (from): Stegen, Masip, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Digne, Roberto, Vidal, Umtiti, Mathieu, Rakitic, Busquets, D Suarez, Turan, Iniesta, Rafinha, Gomes, L Suarez, Messi, Neymar, Alcacer

Injured: Cillessen

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WLWWDW

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Caballero, Gunn, Clichy, Kolarov, Kompany, Maffeo, Otamendi, Stones, Zabaleta, De Bruyne, Fernando, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Navas, Sane, Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Iheanacho, Nolito

Injured: Delph, Sagna

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: DLDWWW

Fabian Delph and Bacary Sagna were the only two names absent from the Manchester City squad that travelled to Catalonia on Tuesday. Sergio Aguero and Nolito are expected to be recalled to the starting XI, having appeared as substitutes during the 1-1 draw with Everton, whilst skipper Vincent Kompany is also pushing for a return.

City have lost both previous visits to the Nou Camp, but Pep Guardiola is adamant that his side won't play for a draw.

"I have never thought about the next game thinking a draw would be a good result.

"Of course it is complicated. No win in Glasgow means we have to take points off Barcelona there or here, and especially in Germany as well.

"We have four games left, we have to win two. We have to make six points to be in the next step.

"We are going to try to win the first points in the next game. That is sure."

City's last away game against Barcelona ended in a 1-0 defeat, with Ivan Rakitic netting the only goal of the game. Overall City have lost all four of the games played against Barcelona.

Predicted line-up: Bravo, Stones, Kompany, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva, Nolito, Sterling, De Bruyne, Aguero

Score prediction: Barcelona 3 City 1

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