Barcelona vs Arsenal
Champions League, Round of 16, 2nd Leg
Venue: Camp Nou
Date: 16 March, 2016
Time: 19:45 BST
Barcelona would look to put the tie to bed after their first leg 2-0 win at The Emirates. Meanwhile Arsenal have an impossible task ahead of them as Catalans are unbeaten in 37 games and are on a 8-match winning streak.
A lot has been said about Arsene Wenger’s future at the club, and he will have something to prove as well as play for the team’s pride at Camp Nou.
Among the leading media circuit, this tie is being seen as a dead rubber, however, we have seen plenty of upsets in the past and one should not overlook the prospects either.
Barcelona vs Arsenal Team News
Luis Enrique’s men will be without the suspended Gerard Pique, while Arsenal have a whole host of injuries to worry about.
Gunners will be missing Santi Cazorla, Petr Cech, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta for the game against Barcelona.
Barcelona vs Arsenal Predicted Lineups
Predicted Barcelona Starting XI (4-3-3): Ter Stegen, Alba, Mathieu, Mascherano, Alves; Iniesta, Busquets, Rakitic; Neymar, Suarez, Messi
Predicted Arsenal Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Bellerin; Coquelin, Elneny; Sanchez, Ozil, Welbeck; Giroud
Barcelona vs Arsenal Key Battles
Lionel Messi vs Alexis Sanchez
It is about time Alexis Sanchez plays an inspiring game in Arsenal jersey since coming back from his injury. On the other hand, Lionel Messi has been scoring game after game and once again looks like the best player in the world.
Alexis, meanwhile will travel to Camp Nou for the first time since leaving Barcelona in 2014. Perhaps, The Chilean will have an added incentive to do well against his former team.
Andres Iniesta vs Mesut Ozil
The duo have battled in many El Clasicos over the years, but this will be a different game than those clash of the Galacticos.
Despite the different level of the contest, Iniesta and Ozil will be the key creators for their teams, and would look to pick those telling passes, which they are the masters of.
If Arsenal want to qualify for the Quarter Finals, they would need Ozil to have the best game of his career, and then we can talk about the chances of seeing extra time of perhaps the exciting penalty shoot-out.
As much as I want to cheer for Premier League’s sake and back an Arsenal win, the reality hits on my face even harder.
At present, Barcelona are way ahead of any team on the land, and they should have another comfortable night at Camp Nou and advance to the quarter finals of Champions League 2015/16 season.
Predicted Scoreline – Barcelona 2 Arsenal 1.
Barcelona vs Arsenal Betting Odds
Barcelona win – 1.25, Draw – 7.00, Arsenal win – 12.00
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