Editor Simon Hopper said: “Man City are rated as underdogs to qualify by the bookies but that has not stopped our users backing Manuel Pellegrini’s men to stun the Catalans. It’s a different story at the Emirates though, with Bayern odds on favourites to take a first leg lead back to Germany - so they are being well supported in the markets.”
Man City are a best price of 2/1 as of writing with Marathonbet which makes them underdogs against the former Champions League winners. Barcelona are a best price 7/4 and the draw is available at 13/5. A huge reason for those odds is the simple fact that Lionel Messi is back on the pitch. The Argentinian superstar has battled back from his injury problems and is already back in the goals. Before his injury, he had already netted six goals in four Champions League appearances. The diminutive forward is odds against to score in this opening leg, with a best price of 21/20 available.
However, Barcelona’s record away from home this Champions League season has been far from stellar – they have lost to Ajax and drawn in Milan already this season, meaning they are not indestructible. Perhaps the best bet in this game though, is for this match to see over 2.5 goals. There have been at least 3 goals scored in each of City’s six Champions League games this term whilst Barca have scored 27 goals in their last nine matches. Over 2.5 goals has best odds at the moment of 5/8.
Another interesting market our punters are getting involved in is the anytime scorer market. With top scorers Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo out eyes fall upon the swashbuckling Yaya Toure. The impressive Ivory Coast man will be facing his former side here, and despite scoring just the one Champions League goal this season, he is 7/2 to net against his former employers.
The Arsenal versus Bayern Munich match is clearer cut in terms of the betting book. Bayern are 3/4 odds on favourites to beat Arsenal at the Emirates on Wednesday. The current European champions humbled Manchester City 3-1 earlier in the season on their home turf and the bookies think Arsenal will suffer the same fate. Arsenal are almost 5/1 to win – despite their excellent home record.
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