Manchester United vs Barcelona
Wednesday 10th April, Old Trafford
UEFA Champions League, Quarter-Finals
Live on BT Sport 2 – Kick-Off: 20:00 GMT
Manchester United vs Barcelona: Manchester United will be hoping to cause another huge upset when they host Spanish giants Barcelona in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final.
The Red Devils will be looking to return to winning ways after suffering back-to-back defeats under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the first time. United were undone by Wolves last time out, as they battled back to win ten men, as Ashley Young saw red. The skipper will still be available for this game, but Solskjaer couldn’t have wished for tough opponents. United are unbeaten in their last four games, with Paris Saint-Germain the only side to win at Old Trafford since the Norwegian took charge. They will also take comfort from their performance against PSG in Paris, which saw them edge through in the most dramatic of circumstances. Against Barcelona, they will have to be patient, as they were on that night, and focus on hitting Pique and co on the counter-attack.
Barcelona head into this contest as huge favourites and are unbeaten in their last 19 league games, which has seen them establish an 11-point lead at the top of La Liga. To make matters worse, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have been back to their brilliant best lately. The Argentine magician has 10 goals in his last seven matches, whilst Suarez has notched seven times in his last nine appearances. Throw into the mix Phillipe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele’s exquisite talents and it seems like a near-impossible task. However, United can take comfort from the fact the Catalan giants failed to beat Tottenham in their last meeting during this season’s group stages, although they were safely through by that stage.
Gianluca Rocchi is the referee for this fixture. The Italian has officiated 12 Serie A matches this season. In that time, he has accumulated an average booking points total of 5.67 cards per game. Therefore, I would advise a maximum of 60+ total booking points for this fixture.
Although United are much improved under Solskjaer, this match may just prove a test too far for them. They are capable of frustrating Barcelona, but I think Messi’s clash may be too much for them to handle.
Manchester United vs Barcelona will be televised live in the UK on BT Sport 2 with kick off at 20:00 GMT.
Prediction: Manchester United 1-2 Barcelona
Suggested Tips – Manchester United vs Barcelona – (BET365)
- Correct Score – Barcelona to win 2-1 – [(link no longer available).
- First Goalscorer – Lionel Messi – (link no longer available).
Suggested Tips – Manchester United vs Barcelona – (SKYBET)
- Both Players to Score – Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez – 7/2.
- BTTS and Win – Barcelona and Yes – 21/20.
Popular Player Stats RequestABets – Messi to score from outside the area and Manchester Utd to score a penalty – 66/1.
- Scorecast – Lionel Messi to Score First and Barcelona win 2-1 – 18/1.
- RequestABets Specials up to 10/1 – Barcelona to score 1+ goals, 4+ Barcelona corners and Young to be carded – 7/2. (NAP).
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