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Guardiola and Messi odds-on for a reunion embrace

| 18.10.2016

Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi are set for an emotional reunion at the Nou Camp this week, according to the latest odds.

The pair spent four seasons together as manager and player – winning 14 major trophies together – and it’s 4/6 Pep and Messi enjoy a hug when Barcelona host Manchester City.

It’s 33/1 that the occasion gets too much for Guardiola and he’s sent to the stands, with 7/2 available on Messi reminding his old boss what he’s missing by scoring a brace.

The bookies go 4/1 that Sergio Aguero joins his Argentine compatriot on the scoresheet in Spain, with 8/1 saying Barca pals Luis Suarez and Neymar join Messi in an MSN riot against former team-mate Claudio Bravo.

A Ladbrokes spokesperson said: “Pep and Messi’s relationship at Barca was more father-son than boss and player, and am embrace is almost inevitable.

“The reunion won’t last long though, as Messi reminds his old manager exactly what he left behind back in 2012.”

The Catalan giants are clear favourites for the Group C contest at 2/5, with City deemed 11/2 outsiders.

Such is the attacking prowess at Luis Enrique’s disposal, that the bookies are offering 9/1 on the Citizens to simply keep a clean sheet.

Ladbrokes Latest Betting:

Barcelona v Man City specials

Guardiola and Messi to hug – 4/6

Red card to be shown – 3/1

Suarez to score two or more – 10/3

Messi to score two or more – 7/2

Messi AND Aguero to score – 4/1

Messi, Suarez AND Neymar to score – 8/1

Messi, Suarez AND Aguero to score – 10/1

Messi, Suarez, Neymar AND Aguero to score – 25/1

Any player to score a hat-trick – 8/1

Guardiola to be sent to the stands – 33/1

Barcelona v Man City 

Match Betting

Barcelona – 2/5

Draw – 15/4

Manchester City – 11/2

To keep a clean sheet 

Barcelona – 13/8

Manchester City – 9/1

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



Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.