Week 3 of the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League Group Stages continue this Wednesday when Barcelona hosts former manager Pep Guardiola and Manchester City. Here are all the things you need to know for Barcelona vs. Manchester City UEFA Champions League action including previews, TV schedule and live stream links.
Barcelona vs. Manchester City UEFA Champions League Preview
The top two teams in Group C meet for the first time this season as Barcelona hosts Manchester City. The Spanish champions are currently atop the group with six points while Man City comes in second with just four points.
Barcelona is unbeaten at Camp Nou in the group stages since October 2009 when they lost Rubin Kazan 2-1. They have won 18 matches at home while drawing two. The only English team to have beaten the Catalans at home in the Champions League is Liverpool back in 2007.
On the other hand, Manchester City will be led by their new manager Pep Guardiola, who is a former Barcelona player and manager. It is his first game back at Camp Nou since he lost as Bayern Munich’s boss in the semi-finals of the 2014-15 Champions League.
“I grew up in Catalonia. At 13 years old I went there to play in the Academy and I was promoted to a professional player, the trainer. So I spent most of my life there. I know the people there, I know the club, the media, most of the players are still there, so the emotion is there,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.
Barcelona has won four of its last six games across all competitions with Lionel Messi back from injury after missing several weeks. On the other hand, Manchester City has not won in their last three matches in all competitions.
Barcelona vs. Manchester City UEFA Champions League Projected Lineups
- Barcelona (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Andres Iniesta; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar
- Manchester City (4-1-4-1): Claudio Bravo; Pablo Zabaleta, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi, Aleksandar Kolarov; Fernandinho; Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, Nolito; Sergio Aguero
Barcelona vs. Manchester City UEFA Champions League TV Schedule
- Date: October 19, Wednesday
- Venue: Camp Nou in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
- Time: 2:45 PM ET, 7:45 PM BST, 8:45 CET
- Channel: FOX Sports 1 (United States), ESPN Deportes (Latin America), BT Sport 2 (United Kingdom)
Barcelona vs. Manchester City UEFA Champions League Live Stream Links