The Opta trends point to another Barcelona v Man City sending off, and Juventus avoiding defeat at Borussia Dortmund…
Barcelona v Man City (Wednesday, 19:45, Sky Sports 5)
Barcelona have won their three Champions League meetings with Man City by a 6-2 aggregate
Though Barcelona have prevailed in all of their clashes with Man City since the latter’s ascension to Europe’s top table, the fixtures have always been competitive, with Barcelona winning none by more than two goals and both teams scoring in the latest two. The Citizens’ weekend zero at Burnley was their first in 15 road trips, while they have kept just one clean sheet in 14 Champions League outings.
Recommended Bet: Back both teams to score @ 1.695/7
Man City have had a player sent off in each of their three meetings with Barcelona
The Premier League champions’ biggest issue against Barcelona is their failure to survive 90 minutes without having a defender dismissed. Martin Demichelis, Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy have taken turns to see red. They were level in one of those games and in the ascendancy of another. There have been four sendings off in Man City’s last four Champions League ties against all opponents.
Recommended Bet: Back there to be a sending off @ 3.39/4
Borussia Dortmund v Juventus (Wednesday, 19:45, Sky Sports 1)
After winning their first four Champions League games, Borussia Dortmund are now winless in three
Whereas Dortmund’s dreadful Bundesliga campaign wasn’t affecting their Champions League efforts initially, it has eventually dragged them down, resulting in away defeats to Arsenal and Juventus and a home draw with Anderlecht. While Jurgen Klopp’s underperformers have only won two of their past six as hosts in all competitions, the Old Lady are enjoying an 11-match travelling unbeaten run.
Recommended Bet: Lay Borussia Dortmund to win @ 2.35/4
Dortmund have never kept a clean sheet against Juventus in their eight competitive encounters
It might have been Dortmund who triumphed when these sides met in the 1997 Champions League final in Munich, but Juventus have the edge at Signal Iduna Park, being victorious on each of their three prior visits. Klopp’s men realistically require a clean sheet to make their away goal in Turin count, yet have shut out just two of their last seven Champions League guests, being breached by Galatasaray and Anderlecht in the group stage.
Recommended Bet: Back Borussia Dortmund not to keep a clean sheet @ 1.51/2