Barcelona v Man Utd Champions League betting preview

Martin Green

Sunday, April 14, 2019 4:27 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 14, 2019 4:27 PM UTC

Barcelona hold a 1-0 aggregate lead over Man Utd in their Champions League quarter-final clash and they will aim to finish the job on Tuesday night at the Nou Camp.

<p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/uZmivnLpxS4\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p><h2><strong>Barcelona vs Manchester United</strong></h2><p><strong><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/int/uefa-champions-league/fc-barcelona-vs-manchester-united-3750925/?mtid=1">Date: Tuesday, April 16, at 8pm<br />Venue: Camp Nou</a></strong><br /><br /><strong>First leg recap</strong></p><p>Barcelona breezed to a comfortable 1-0 first leg victory at Old Trafford thanks to a first half header Luis Suarez header that Luke Shaw deflected in. The Spanish champions barely got out of second gear and star player Lionel Messi was clearly affected by an injury he was carrying, but they did well to keep a clean sheet. Man Utd offered very little in the way of attacking thrust and they will need to play with a lot more urgency, dynamism and energy if they are to overturn the deficit on Tuesday night.</p><h2>Form Guide</h2><p>Barcelona have won 12 of their 16 home games in La Liga this season and they enjoy a nine-point lead over Atletico Madrid at the top of the table. They are unbeaten in their last 18 games and they thrashed Lyon 5-1 at Camp Nou in the previous round of this competition, so the task facing Man Utd is extremely daunting. Barca could only draw 0-0 with bottom club Huesca at the weekend, but manager Ernesto Valverde rested all their best players for that game, ensuring they will be fresh for <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/int/uefa-champions-league/manchester-united-vs-fc-barcelona-3750925/" target="_blank" title="Barcelona v Man Utd odds">Tuesday’s match</a>.</p><p>Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cannot afford such luxuries as his team are involved in a ferocious battle to clinch a top four place in the Premier League. They laboured to a 2-1 win over West Ham at Old Trafford on Saturday, with Paul Pogba scoring twice from the penalty spot. The Red Devils have not looked convincing in recent weeks, losing four of their last six games. The two victories came at home against Watford and West Ham, and they were fortunate to win both. Yet they can take a great deal of confidence from their heroic performance at the Parc des Princes in the last 16 of this competition. They trailed 2-0 on aggregate and looked dead and buried, but they surged to a 3-1 victory.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Barcelona will welcome back all their big guns for this game. Messi, Suarez, Philippe Coutinho, Nelson Semedo, Clement Lenglet, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba were all rested against Huesca and they should be in good condition for Man Utd’s visit. Shaw is suspended for the Red Devils, so Ashley Young is likely to revert to the left-back role, with Diego Dalot playing on the other flank. There are no fresh injury concerns for Solskjaer, who will have to decide whether or not to play Romelu Lukaku up front alongside Marcus Rashford.</p><h2>Betting Tips</h2><p>Under 3.5 goals looks tempting at 7/10 (1.70) with Marathon Bet and 4/6 (1.66) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Bet365</a>, as Barcelona will be keen to avoid conceding an away goal. They will not need to take risks or commit too many men forward, as they are in control of the tie, so they should be content to dominate possession and grind out an aggregate victory. For more value you could try under 2.5 goals at 33/20 (2.65). Suarez is even money (2.0) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes">Ladbrokes</a> to get on the score sheet and that looks interesting as he has the skill and intelligence to get the better of Chris Smalling.</p>
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