Liverpool vs Barcelona
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 7th May 2019
Kick-off at 20.00 UK/ 21.00 CET
Venue: Anfield (Liverpool).
Liverpool got a major reality check last week at the Camp Nou, at the hands of Messi and Co.
The Reds who looked unconquerable was subjected to a 3-0 masterclass by the Catalans.
Kudos to Ernesto Valverde for abandoning the eponymous possession-based playing style of Barca and adapting a more pragmatic approach against Jurgen Klopp’s geggenpressing.
While the absence of Bobby Firminho in the starting eleven helped the hosts a bit, they really did take whole advantage of the vociferous crowd, and the wide pitch.
Former Reds striker Luis Suarez drew first blood, and talisman Lionel Messi completed the formality in the dying stages of the game.
Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane clearly showed mental signs of exhaustion due to their tiring Premier League campaign.
Liverpool vs Barcelona Head-to-head (h2h)
Barca won the last two official ties.
Liverpool failed to score in the last two Champions League encounters.
The last two Champions League meetings at this venue saw Barca recording the win.
Three of the last four CL clashes saw the away side taking the win, and the fourth one was the just-concluded victory by Barca at home.
Liverpool vs Barcelona Prediction
Liverpool just had a hard-fought win against Newcastle in their penultimate league fixture. The team really had to push till the 85th minute for the winner which means most of the starters won’t be having fresh legs this Tuesday.
On the other hand, Barca fielded almost their B team this weekend against Celta Vigo – the perks of wrapping up their league campaign early.
The upper hand goes to the visitors by some magnitude with the three-goal advantage. They need not worry about away goals, they are well-rested and ready for the tie. And finally, should the Spanish side manage a goal at Anfield, Liverpool will have to respond with five goals in regular time.
As such, the prime objective of Barcelona will be to somehow put one goal on the board.
With the Reds forced to attack due to the disparity in aggregate goals, the offense led by Suarez, complemented by Messi and Coutinho, will surely be able to deny a clean sheet to Allison Becker. But contrary to the first leg, Ter Stegen won’t be able to afford one either.
The incessant pressing of Liverpool is well suited to the pitch at Anfield, and the fearless players with their nothing-to-lose attitude will go after the Barca defense. While the chances for the Reds to progress are extremely low, count on them to give the toughest of fights.
For sure both teams will find the back of the net and expect a goal-fest. Barca will be desperate for an away goal, whereas Liverpool would be restless to overcome the three-goal deficit.
Liverpool vs Barcelona Betting Tips
Both Teams to Score @ 1.50 (1/2)
Over 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.60 (3/5).