14 February 2014 22:00 | By Thomas Oakey, contributor
Champions League: Round of 16 first leg preview

Manchester City v Barcelona



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When: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England

Last meeting: None

Arguably the tie of the round pits four-time European champions Barcelona against in-form Manchester City, with the first leg taking place in Manchester this week.

La Liga champions Barcelona’s competition pedigree is unquestionable, and they dominated Group H to finish top in December. City, meanwhile, are unbeaten in Europe since a 3-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in October and are currently the second-top scorers in the competition so far with 18.

When it comes to current form, it’s hard to choose between the two: The Catalan club have lost just once in 18 matches, while City have lost just twice at their Etihad Stadium all season.

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