UCL 2018/19 Semi-finals: Barca vs Liverpool

Match Info

Competition: Champions League Semi-Final, First Leg

Start date: 01. May 2019, 20:00 GMT

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers, Netherlands

Avg. cards per game: 0.15 Red Cards, 3.65 Yellow Cards

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Venue: Camp Nou

Capacity: 94,354 Seaters

Team Form (All Competitions)

➡️ Barcelona – Last Five Results

Win 1-0 vs. Levante ✅✅

Win 2-0 vs. Alaves ✅✅

Win 2-1 vs. Real Sociedad ✅✅

Win 3-0 vs. Man United ✅✅

Draw 0-0 vs. Huesca 🤝🤝

➡️ Liverpool – Last Five Results

Win 5-0 vs. Huddersfield ✅✅

Win 2-0 vs. Cardiff ✅✅

Win 4-1 vs. Porto ✅✅

Win 2-0 vs. Chelsea ✅✅

Win 2-0 vs. Porto ✅✅

H-2-H Meetings

Barcelona Win 1-0 (Anfield) – March 2007 (Gudjohnsen)

Liverpool Win 2-1 (Camp Nou) – February 2007 (Deco; Bellamy, Riise)

Draw 0-0 (Camp Nou) – March 2002

Barcelona Win 3-1 (Anfield) – November 2001 (Owen; Kluivert, Rochemback, Overmars)

Liverpool Win 1-0 (Anfield) – April 2001 (McAllister pen)

Team News

➡️ Barcelona
No fitness issues.

Probable lineup: Ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Arthur, Coutinho, Messi, Suarez.

Ousmane Dembele could start in place of Coutinho.

➡️ Liverpool
Adam Lallana is the only player ruled out

Probable lineup: Alissom, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Keita, Salah, Mane, Firmino

Gini Wijnaldum could start in place of Keita.

A clash of the competition's two heavy favorites promises to be an entertaining match at the Camp Nou. It is Barca in their fortress up against a Liverpool side that has won each of their last 10 games. While Barca’s class is undeniable, the Catalans will be also fearful of what Jurgen Klopp’s side could do to them, especially on the break. On this one, Ernersto Valverde's tactics and selection will be tested. There are few teams in Europe that are more devastating going forward these days than Liverpool and at the same time so assured at the back.

The tie could be decided by the finest of margins, and if Liverpool can get a positive result on Wednesday, or at least not lose convincingly, they will believe the Anfield atmosphere can drag them over the finish line. Barcelona have the best player in the world in their ranks as well as two ex-Reds players: Suarez and Coutinho. Whether the trident will inflict damage on the Reds remains to be seen.

My Prediction:

Liverpool Win or Draw @1.746
Handicap: Liverpool +0.5 @2.049

Correct Score Prediction:
Liverpool 0-2 Win

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