Manchester United vs Barcelona
Europe – Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 10th April 2019
Kick-off at 20.00 UK/ 21.00 CET
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester).
The Devils are on the prowl. But do keep in mind – there’s a Messiah to deal with.
United is immensely under pressure on several fronts. They are currently placed sixth in the Premier League, out of the Champions League spots, with a two-point deficit to overcome against Arsenal and Chelsea, in the next six match-days. On top of that, they have to deal with Barcelona in the midst of the Champions League.
Will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer be able to cast his magic once more on the players?
The comeback against PSG, on the road, was one of the finest episodes of this prestigious competition, and the Red Devils really have started to believe.
Barcelona has an eleven-point lead at the top of the league table, and with just 21 points left to play for, the La Liga is theirs to lose now. The team is also in the final of the Copa del Rey against Valencia and needs to take on a United, who have found their groove under new gaffer.
As these two take on each other, the rich history shared between the sides needs to be taken into consideration. Twice in the last decade, Barcelona was the last obstacle to overcome for Manchester in their quest for European glory, and both times, the English side fell.
If the team is able to take advantage of Barca’s bottling tendencies in the Quarters of this tournament, it’d considered sweet revenge, especially since the Spanish superstars have a shot at their third treble.
Manchester United vs Barcelona Head-to-head (h2h)
- The 2009 and 2011 Champions League Finals saw, these two taking on each other, and on both occasions, Barca won, with a combined scoreline of 5-1.
- Four of the last seven wins belong to Barcelona.
- Ten of the last twelve meetings saw the English team failing to keep a clean sheet.
- Manchester failed to score in two of the last three meetings.
Manchester United vs Barcelona Prediction
Barcelona is simply on a far better dimension as far as individual quality is concerned. Apart from the likes of Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, David De Gea, etc, most United players would find it difficult to crack their way into the first eleven of Barca, whereas in the reverse case, a majority would just walk into the main team.
Moreover, this time around, the Spanish are hungry. They would stop at nothing but the treble. As far as they are bothered, anyone who stands cross to that objective is just expendable.
Also, take into consideration that the Spanish are far more relaxed, and can afford to go easy in their league, whereas the remaining six games in the Premier League is crucial for the Devils.
Importantly, both Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are in menacing form, and in back-to-back matches, they showed considerable nerve and determination in dragging their team to a favorable result, in the dying minutes.
Pep’s Barca might have been some extraterrestrial team, but this one surely knows how to grind out results. Besides, after the debacle of Roma, Ernesto Valverde has learned from his mistakes.
Additionally, United lost three of their last four matches, whereas Barca was unbeaten in 42 of their last 47 fixtures. The team also scored three or more goals in four of their last five road trips. They also managed to keep five clean sheets in the last eight away ties.
Expect a win for the Spanish side. They will be particular not to concede, which would ease their workload in the second leg.
Also, the defensive pair of Clement Lenglet and Gerard Pique has been on fire the last several games. Rely on them to present a clean sheet as well.
Manchester United vs Barcelona Betting Tips
Barcelona to Keep a Clean Sheet @ 3.00 (2/1).
Barcelona to Win @ 2.00 (1/1).