Barcelona vs Liverpool
Wednesday 1st May 2019
UEFA Champions League, Camp Nou
Live on BT Sport 2 HD – Kick-Off: 20:00 GMT
Barcelona vs Liverpool: Liverpool will be hoping to keep their hopes of a double alive when they head to face Barcelona in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final.
Jurgen Klopp’s side can still claim the Premier League and Champions League trophies in what will a pivotal month for the Reds’ season. After comfortably dispatching of Porto in the last round, this game is a real test for Liverpool, against one of Europe’s very finest sides. The contrasting nature of the two styles will be interesting; Barcelona love to keep possession and build attacks, whilst the Reds possesses frightening pace on the counter-attack. As a result, playing the away leg first should be a bonus for Liverpool, as they have the chance of banking a few away goals to take back to Anfield. It was that same speed and guile that saw them brush past Bayern Munich in the last 16 and I think they will operate in a similar fashion once more.
Barcelona will be buoyant after claiming the league title on Saturday after a 1-0 win over Levante. Unsurprisingly, it was Lionel Messi’s goal that clinched the La Liga trophy for the Catalan giants. With two pieces of silverware in the bag, their attentions are now firmly fixed on the Champions League trophy. After knocking out Manchester United in the last round, Ernesto Valverde will be wary of the threat Liverpool pose. However, they have the advantage of the Nou Camp in the first leg and when you have a little Argentinian world beater, you always stand a chance. With Luis Suarez and Phillipe Coutinho, against their former club, in tandem, it should make for a very attacking game of football.
Bjorn Kuipers is the referee for this fixture. The German has officiated 7 Eredivisie matches this season. In that time, he has accumulated an average booking points total of 2.57 cards per game. Therefore, I would advise a maximum of 50+ total booking points for this fixture.
With the way both sides set up, this should be quite the spectacle. Liverpool need to make the most of this chance to bank an away goal or two, as they did in Munich. Otherwise, with Messi around, the game can swing in the flash of a left boot.
Barcelona vs Liverpool will be televised live in the UK on BT Sport 2 with kick-off at 20:00 BST.
Prediction: Barcelona 2-1 Liverpool
Suggested Tips – Barcelona vs Liverpool – (BET365):
- Correct score: Barcelona to win – 2-1 –(link no longer available).
- First GoalScorer – Lionel Messi – (link no longer available).
Suggested Tips – Barcelona vs Liverpool – (SKYBET):
- Popular Player Stats RequestABets – Mane to score a header and Messi to score from outside the area – 125/1.
Popular RequestABet – Messi & Salah to score and Busquets & Fabinho to be carded – 40/1.
- @FootyAccums RequestABet – BTTS, Suarez & Sadio Mane 1+ shots on target each, 3+ corners each team and 10+ booking points each team – 9/2.
- RequestABet Specials up to 10/1 – Barcelona to score 2+ goals, 5+ Barcelona corners and 20+ Liverpool booking pts – 11/4. (NAP).
- RequestABet Specials 80/1 and above – Suarez & Salah to score, Draw 1-1 and Busquets to be carded – 200/1.
- Yes or No? – Q1 – Yes, Q2 – Yes, Q3 – Yes, Q4 – Yes, Q5 – Yes, Q6 – No – 50/1.
- Both Players To score – Sadio Mane & Luis Suarez – 13/2. (NB).
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