Manchester City - Barcelona Betting Preview: Goalless opening 25 minutes is on the cards

Our Spanish expert believes the opening stages of this two-legged Champions League tie will see the defences stay on top as both teams opt for a cagey start
It is the biggest night in Manchester City's recent history: their first ever knockout tie in the Champions League sees Barcelona visit the Etihad Stadium for a clash that will be keenly scrutinised in every corner of the world.

The champions of Spain arrive in the north west of England in a curious state, sitting top of La Liga yet unable to dispel the question marks that many of their performances have raised so far this season.

If there was ever a game for Gerardo Martino's men to banish the doubts it is in Tuesday's clash and bet365 price the Catalans at 13/10 (2.30) to record a first leg win. City are offered at 15/8 (2.87), while the draw is available at 5/2 (3.50).

Unsurprisingly the bookmakers believe there will be goals at both ends with both teams to score offered at just 1/2 (1.50).

Given Barca's recent problems in keeping clean sheets (only three in their last nine games) the Catalans look as likely to concede as they do to score.

Yet this is a two-legged affair to be played over 180 minutes and both these coaches know that keeping a clean sheet for as long as possible is likely to be the key to progression.

To this end backing no goal to be scored before 25 minutes at 5/6 (1.83) looks to be an excellent option in a game which is frankly difficult to call.

No goal before 25 minutes at 5/6 (1.83) for 2.0pts with bet365

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