Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will do battle with English opponents for the first time since leaving Anfield last summer when Barcelona take on Manchester City in the Champions League.
The Uruguayan has so far struggled to replicate the brilliance he subjected Premier League spectators on a weekly basis in his new Catalunyan dwelling, but he seems to fancy himself to bag against the Citizens, an eventuality which pays 7/5 with bwin.
When quizzed where Manuel Pellegrini’s men’s strengths lie, Suarez stated:
“[They have quality] In midfield and up front, but they also have weakness at the back.”
Despite failing to score against the Premier League champions last term, the mercurial frontman clearly doesn’t think much of Vincent Kompany and co.
Suarez’s inability to bag in either of the Man City meetings in question meant he left Liverpool having scored just once in six appearances against them.
The Reds notched 12 goals in the matches in question, but they were largely able to keep the hottest striker in last season’s top flight off the scoresheet, suggesting their defence isn’t quite as susceptible as the Barcelona man is making out.
A 5-0 shellacking of Newcastle last time brought a first clean sheet in 11 league and cup games for Joe Hart in the Man City net, but prior to this porous patch they prevented five foes from six getting on the scoresheet.
Their Champions League exploits so far have yielded just one shut out, their qualification-ensuring 2-0 win at Roma.
This was the first instance of the season in which the Giallorossi had failed to ripple the onion bag at base camp and it’s a feat only three other sides have been able to achieve since.
Similarly, they came within 60 seconds of being the only visiting party to prevent FC Bayern Munchen from bagging a goal at the Allianz Arena this season before being cruelly denied by a Jerome Boateng strike.
Barcelona were incapable of scoring against Malaga last time; a sizeable 17/5 says Man City make it two goalless games in a week.