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UCL Preview: Barca looks to put away Man City; Juventus holds slight advantage over Dortmund

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By RYAN TOLMICH

For the second season in a row, Barcelona has the chance to seal the Champions League departure of Manchester City.

That chance comes Wednesday (3:45 p.m., Fox Sports 1) at the Camp Nou, where the Spanish giants look to advance to the club’s eighth consecutive quarterfinal after picking up a 2-1 victory in the opening leg behind a pair of away goals from Luis Suarez.

The two sides enter Wednesday’s match in vastly different form. Barcelona has won 16 of its last 17 while Man City has dropped three of its last four, most recently an embarrassing 1-0 loss to Burnley.

The reigning Premier League champions will receive a boost from the return of Yaya Toure, who returns following a three-match ban. However, the backline will be weakened by the loss of Gael Clichy, suspended after his sending off in the first leg.

Avoiding another one of those mistakes will be paramount for Manchester City, which has received three red cards in the competition, more than any other remaining team.

Barca, meanwhile, will be without midfield maestro Sergio Busquets due to an ankle injury, and the looming Classico this weekend may impact some of manager Luis Enrique’s lineup decisions.

In Germany, Juventus looks to maintain the team’s slight advantage over Borussia Dortmund (3:45 p.m., Fox Sports 2) following a 2-1 victory in the opening leg.

Goals from Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata were enough to cancel out a strike from Marco Reus, but Borussia Dortmund enters Wednesdays’s contest knowing that a 1-0 victory would be enough to seal a spot in the quarterfinals.

Recent history is on the Germans’ side, as Borussia Dortmund is unbeaten at home so far in this competition and has won 11 of its past 14 home ties in the Champions League. Juventus, meanwhile, had gone six Champions League away matches without a win before defeating Malmo FF in the group stage.

Juventus will not see the return of Andrea Pirlo, who has not played since the first leg due to a calf injury, while Borussia Dortmund fullbacks Łukasz Piszczek and Kevin Grosskreutz  will both miss out with injuries

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What do you think of Barcelona’s match against Man City? Do you see the Premiership club knocking off the Spanish giants? Is Pirlo’s return enough to help Juventus see off Dortmund?

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