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Gerardo Martino takes his men to the Etihad as Barcelona face Manchester City in the first leg last-16 tie of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 7:45pm GMT. Live coverage is on ITV 1 and UTV. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


City come into this game with a 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup. The result have seen the Citizens progress to the last eight of the competition at the Blues expense. Stevan Jovetic and Samir Nasri's goals were sufficient for the Citizens to knock out the west London club out of the FA Cup.

In the European competition, Manuel Pellegrini finished second in Group D, level on points with table toppers and reigning champions Bayern Munich. In the domestic competitions, City are third in the table with 54 points from 25 games, trailing league leaders Chelsea by three points. However, City have a game in hand.

Pellegrini will be looking for a win against the Catalan club and will be hoping for a clean sheet on Tuesday evening.

Messi-Fabregas [Reuters]

Meanwhile, Barcelona enter this fixture with a 6-0 win over Rayo Vallecano in the La Liga. Lionel Mess's double, along with goals from Adriano, Alexis Sanchez, Pedro and Neymar saw the Spanish champions seal a comfortable victory.

Martino's side topped the group table in the Champions League, ahead of second place AC Milan in Group H. Barcelona will also be looking for nothing less than a win when they take on City at the Etihad.

In the league, Barcelona are on top of the table with 60 points from 24 games, level on points with second place Real Madrid and third place Atletico Madrid.

What Managers Say

Manuel Pellegrini: "It's a good chance to show how good we are. They have a lot of experience, they have a great team, they have the best player in the world but I think also we are a good team with good players. I don't have any fear about playing Barcelona because this team has got to continue to develop the mentality to play against important teams, whether that's in the last 16, the quarter-final. I hope we can win at home."

Gerardo Martino: "I don't think City are a mini-Barcelona or a mini-any-team. I think they are one of the greatest teams in the world. They have great Spanish players like [Jesús] Navas, who plays very vertically, [David] Silva who knows when to pass and when to cross. But it is not only Spanish players. They have great players from all over the world, like Yaya Touré and Fernandinho."

Team Form

Manchester City

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W D L W W
  • Last Result: Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W D W W L
  • Last Result: Barcelona 6-0 Rayo Vallecano

Betting Odds from

Manchester City to win – Industry best 19/10

Alvaro Negredo to score at any time – Industry best 9/5

Jesus Navas to score at any time – Industry best 13/2

Jesus Navas to score the first goal – Industry best 17/1

Team News

Yaya Toure-Manuel Pellegrini
Yaya Toure-Manuel Pellegrini [Reuters]

Manchester City

  • Injured: Sergio Aguero (hamstring)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: James Milner

Probable Lineup: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Garcia, Toure; Navas, Silva, Nasri; Negredo


  • Injured: Xavi Hernandez (calf), Jonathan Dos Santos (knee)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Fabregas; Sanchez, Iniesta, Pedro; Messi