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New Ladbrokes customers get huge price on Man City to beat Barca

| 23.02.2015

For the second year in a row, Manchester City must beat one of the best sides in the Champions League if they wish to extend their own run in the competition, with Barcelona their opposition in the last 16 once again.

12 months ago the Spanish giants knocked Manuel Pellegrini’s side out of the tournament and City will be desperate for a different outcome this time around, not only for their chances of winning the trophy, but to remove the stigma surrounding their Champions League complex.

This is only City’s second appearance in the knockout stages of the Champions League. They were schooled by the Catalan club in their first, losing 4-1 on aggregate and playing with 10 men in both legs of the tie.

The first leg of the resumption of their rivalry, at the Etihad on Tuesday night, is deemed to be close by Ladbrokes, with the English club priced at 23/10 for victory compared to Barcelona’s odds of 23/20, but new customers of the bookie’s can take advantage of a hugely generous offer.

Anyone opening a new account with the company before the game can back the hosts at a whopping 10/1 to triumph, while Barcelona have an equally hefty price of 6/1 for those same new arriving customers.

The offer is only available from 9am on Monday morning and has a limit of a £10 maximum stake.

Considering the pedigree Barcelona have at this stage of the competition it is perhaps the Spaniards that are worth backing most. This is their 11th consecutive appearance in this stage of the tournament and they have eight of the last 10 ties.

Victory in Manchester would be a great way to set about picking up a ninth, while helping new customers of Ladbrokes get started in the process.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

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