Barcelona Huge Favourites for Champions League Glory After Sweeping Liverpool Aside

Martin Green

Thursday, May 2, 2019 5:30 AM UTC

Thursday, May. 2, 2019 5:30 AM UTC

The odds on Barcelona winning the Champions League have been massively slashed after they beat Liverpool 3-0 at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night.

<p>Former Reds striker Luis Suarez terrorised Jurgen Klopp’s men and he provided a clinical finish for the opener. A second-half sucker punch from Lionel Messi handed Barca a huge advantage in their semi-final clash as he tapped in a second and fired in a 35-yard free-kick. If they score at Anfield next week, Liverpool will need to put five past Marc-André Ter Stegen and Barcelona’s lead looks insurmountable.</p><p>The best price you can now find on Barca winning the Champions League is 12/25 (1.48) at <a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Unibet">Unibet</a>. They last won the competition in 2014/15, but they have since been forced to watch on as bitter rivals Real Madrid lifted the trophy for three years in a row. Now they look as if they may return to the ascendancy once more.</p><p> </p><p></p><h2>Premier League teams struggle</h2><p></p><p> </p><p>English teams looked poised to dominate Europe once more after occupying four of the eight quarter-final spots. However, Barcelona dispatched Man Utd in merciless fashion and now they look poised to inflict the same fate upon Liverpool. Tottenham and Man City faced off in the quarters and Spurs prevailed, but emerged battered and bruised. They looked absolutely knackered against a young, hungry, well rested, energised and fearless Ajax side on Tuesday night. They trail 1-0 on aggregate, but they still have a chance of turning things around in Amsterdam next week.</p><p>Tottenham were missing South Korean forward Son Heung Min – a crucial player now that England captain Harry Kane is a long-term absentee – and they will welcome him back for the second leg. In Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura and Son, they possess the firepower to overcome the deficit, but they have a mountain to climb against an exciting young Ajax side.</p><p>Ajax are now 10/3 (4.33) with <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Bet365</a> to win the Champions League, while Spurs are 10/1 (11.0) and Liverpool are as long as 25/1 (26.0) with <a href=";a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Betfred">Betfred</a>. They will need to pull off a stunning comeback if they are to achieve that. Barcelona are 1/20 (1.050) to qualify for the final, while Liverpool are 12/1 (13.0). Ajax are 3/10 (1.33), and Tottenham have drifted out to 12/5 (3.40). An English team winning the Champions League is now 6/1 (7.0), having been odds-on at the quarter-final stage.</p>
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