Betting: Will Manchester City see red in the Champions League again?


Cannier punters may well want to look at the 11/5 (3.20) price available on either side seeing red, while 25/1 (26.00) offers a decent long shot on both teams finishing up with diminished line-ups.


However, With Manchester City’s last five European red cards arriving after half-time and seven of the last eight sendings off in Barcelona matches also taking place after the break, odds of 9/1 (10.00) may be worth avoiding on a dismissal occurring in the opening 45 in this one.

If Manchester City are to pull off one of the most impressive turnarounds in Champions League history at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, the first thing they will need to do is keep their discipline.


Manuel Pellegrini’s side saw their chances of a comeback curtailed in the home leg by Gael Clichy’s sending off just five minutes after Sergio Aguero had pulled one back to make it 2-1 – the third red card in three matches against Barcelona.


Having also jeopardised their group stage campaign with two dismissals in the 2-1 home defeat to CSKA Moscow earlier in the competition, the English champions are developing an unwelcome reputation of ทางเข้า fun88 crumbling under pressure in Europe.


This weakness will not have escaped the notice of the Blaugrana, who are sure to take any opportunity to unsettle and frustrate their combustible opponents in front of a fiery atmosphere.


Considering Barcelona have drawn red cards from six of their last 12 opponents and three of their last four in this competition, Paddy Power’s 10/3 (4.33) odds seem like decent value on the hosts facing 10 men at some point on Wednesday evening.


Luis Enrique’s side also saw a player receive an early bath the last time they took to the field in front of their own fans, so odds of 8/1 (9.00) may be worth a punt on them incurring the referee’s wrath themselves, particularly with fiery characters such as Javier Mascherano, Dani Alves and Luis Suarez in their midst.

Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

Having displayed a lack of discipline in high-profile Champions League games, Al Hain-Cole thinks Manuel Pellegrini’s men may struggle to keep 10 men on the Nou Camp pitch

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