The UEFA Champions League returned from its winter break last week, and this week we have the second set of last 16 ties. There’s no debate about what the biggest game is — it takes place in England on Tuesday night, when Premier League champions Manchester City host Lionel Messi’s Barcelona.
Here’s a look at the best value bet for that match along with the other three fixtures taking place this week, including Juventus-Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal-Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen-Atletico Madrid.
Manchester City (home) vs. Barcelona
Asian handicap: Man City +0.25 (+112) vs. Barcelona -0.25 (-120)
3-way line: Man City +259 / Barcelona +111 / Draw +275
PickCenter public consensus moneyline pick: 61 percent Barcelona
Total: 2.75 (Over -101, Under -108)
If “form is temporary, class is permanent,” how much should we read into what happened to these two sides at the weekend? A magnificent streak of results came to an end for Barcelona when they lost 1-0 at home to Malaga on Saturday afternoon, while Manchester City turned on the style a couple of hours later by beating Newcastle United 5-0 in one of their best performances of the season. Those results mean a few doubts have crept in about Barcelona’s chances ahead of Tuesday night’s fixture.