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Borussia Dortmund v Juventus: Both Teams To Score – 1.80

A slip from Georgio Chiellini allowed Marco Reus in to score Dortmund’s crucial away goal in the first leg of what looks to be a finely-poised tie, and after Juve’s 2-1 win both sides should net again on an evening when Dortmund are going to have to attack.

Juve have only failed to score once in their last 21 matches in league, cup and continental competition, and given that Dortmund’s strength doesn’t exactly lie in defence then they will fancy their chances of doing so again.

 

Barcelona v Manchester City: Luis Suarez To Score At Any Time – 2.18

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Having arrived back in England three weeks ago to the sound of criticism of his form and suggestions that he wasn’t quite the player the Premier League had left behind, Luis Suarez promptly scored two goals in the opening half an hour against the English champions Manchester City.

He’s now got eight in his last nine for Barca having scored five in his previous 18, and as City head for the Nou Camp they really can’t afford to make the mistake of just keeping watch on Lionel Messi with the deadly Uruguayan around.

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Barcelona v Manchester City: Fernandinho To Be Booked – 2.55

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As explained here, City are going to need their Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho to be on top form if they are to have any semblance of a chance in Catalonia, but an evening of chasing around the home side’s nimble attackers could end up taking its toll.

Fernandinho has been booked nine times this season and was sent off in the Champions League defeat to CSKA Moscow at the Etihad Stadium, and another caution would not be a huge surprise.

 

Barcelona v Manchester City: Barca To Win & Both Teams To Score – 2.75

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Many teams would be tempted to sit back and protect their 2-1 lead from the first leg when entering the second encounter at home, but Barcelona’s best hope of reaching the quarter-finals is almost certainly to go on the attack when they face City.

They beat them 2-1 at the Nou Camp last season when entering the match with an advantage, and you can see a similar scenario unfolding this time around as City go for broke and the hosts merely pick them off.

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Borussia Dortmund v Juventus: Draw – 3.40

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‘We’re facing the greatest challenge there is in football: to play against an Italian team that only needs a draw,’ said Jurgen Klopp before this second leg at the Westfalenstadion. Clichéd it may be, but he’s certainly got a point. 

Juve won’t exactly go chasing the game should it remain level for long periods, and although the draw with both teams scoring is worth looking at at 4.60, a simple punt on the match ending level will cover you if Juve refuse to leave their own half and play for a 0-0.

 

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