Liverpool vs Barcelona betting tips: Champions League preview & predictions

Liverpool vs Barcelona prediction: Liverpool 3-1 (3-4 agg.) Barcelona

Barcelona are one of only three sides to have won an away leg, at Anfield, of a UEFA Champions League knock-out tie. The others being Benfica and Chelsea.

That victory came back in the 2006/07 season. Liverpool had won the 1st leg of their last 16 match-up, 1-2 in Barcelona. Therefore, despite losing 0-1 in front of their own fans two weeks later, they still qualified on away goals.

The Blaugrana will be weary of the ‘Magic of Anfield’ which many have experienced before, such as Dortmund in April 2016. The stories of a fanbase that never knows when its side is beaten. They will know an early goal for the Reds would see them sense blood in the water.

However, Barca will also know that an away goal, particularly an early one, would silence the crowd. The realisation that their team would then need to score five goals; as many as Marc-André ter Stegen has conceded in the entire tournament this season, is a sobering thought.

Liverpool

CARDIFF, WALES – APRIL 21: Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool celebrates as he scores his team’s first goal with Jordan Henderson and team mates during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Liverpool FC at Cardiff City Stadium on April 21, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Liverpool vs Barcelona: Who will win?

Liverpool have won only seven of twenty matches, at Anfield, against Spanish opponents. They have only defeated Barcelona once here in their four encounters. Despite this, they are 6/4 favourites to win on the night.

The Reds have drawn twelve of their fifty-five matches at Anfield in the UEFA Champions League era. Four of those stalemates coming against Spanish opposition.

Can Barcelona add their name to the list of Spanish clubs holding Liverpool to a draw at Anfield? They are 14/5 to do so.

Barcelona have won each of their last four matches in the UEFA Champions League, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last three. They have also won each of their last two visits to Anfield. Barca are 9/4 to make it three consecutive wins here.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 01: Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League Semifinal match between FC Barcelona and FC Liverpool at Camp Nou on May 01, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)


Liverpool vs Barcelona: Who will score?

With both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino ruled out of the match through injury, the goalscoring responsibility will largely fall on the shoulders of Sadio Mané.

The Senegal attacker has come to life for Liverpool in the 2nd leg of knock-out ties this season. Firstly, with a brace and man-of-the-match performance in Munich. Then as their main man again, with a goal and an assist in Porto.

Will Mané be the hero for Liverpool once more? He is 11/2 to score first and 6/4 to score at any time.

Luis Suárez scored 82 goals for Liverpool in 133 games during his three-and-a-half years at the club. He scored the opening goal against them also at the Camp Nou last weeke.

El Pistolero is 5/1 to open the scoring once more and 13/10 to score at anytime on his return to Anfield.

Lionel Messi lit up the semi-finals last weekend with a stunning free-kick to all-but-seal Barcelona’s place in the Champions League final.

It was Messi’s second goal of the game and his twelfth in the competition this season; four more than any other player. Messi is 7/2 to score first on Tuesday night; 10/11 to score at any time.


Kieran Trippier

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 31: Saido Mane of Liverpool goes past Kieran Trippier of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on March 31, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)


Liverpool vs Barcelona: Match preview

Following Liverpool’s 3-0 loss at the Camp Nou, this match feels like something of a formality to Barcelona at this stage.

They have been able to rotate their entire starting XI at the weekend, having already sewn up La Liga for another year. Barcelona have their entire first choice XI fit and available. They also conceded no away goals which may have given them apprehension. Barcelona have every advantage they need going for them.

We have been here before though, such as when Deportivo stunned the footballing world to come back from a 4-1 drumming in Milan, to go through after a 3-0 win at Estadio Riazor.

There was also the time Barcelona demolished PSG 6-1 to overturn a 4-0 loss in Paris.

Or even just last season when Roma overturned a 4-1 Barcelona 1st leg lead, to go through after a 3-0 home win.

Roma almost repeated the feat against Liverpool in the semi-finals. They were 5-0 down at Anfield in the first leg, before clawing back two late goals. They then had Liverpool playing out an uncomfortable final few moments with the 2nd leg at 4-2 on the night.

Thinking specifically of Liverpool, we should probably discuss the one that kicked-off the comeback era. The miracle of Istanbul, as Liverpool overturned AC Milan’s 3-0 half-time lead to win the final on penalties.

Is the Champions League ready for another miracle?

It seems improbable. Feels impossible, even. The moment before all great comebacks always does, though.

Liverpool team news vs Barcelona

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 09: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool after a missed chance during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Liverpool and Porto at Anfield on April 09, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Naby Keita’s season is over after suffering a high-grade adductor injury. The ruptured tendon will keep him out for at least two months. This means he will miss the final games of the season for Liverpool as well as the African Cup of Nations for Guinea.

Roberto Firmino was also ruled out by Klopp in the post-match press conference after the victory against Newcastle. Liverpool will be hoping a full weeks rest could see him involved at the weekend, against Wolves.

Mohamed Salah is also confirmed out for Liverpool. The Egyptian was stretched off after a collision with Dubravka which saw him take a blow to the head form the goalkeeper’s hip. The club have confirmed he was fine and managed to watch the rest of the game in the changing area. However, no risks will be taken due to a concussion.

Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Xheridan Shaqiri, Divock Origi and Jordan Henderson are all battling for the three starting berths made available by the injuries to Keita, Firmino and Salah.

Barcelona team news vs Liverpool

Ousmane Dembele

BARCELONA, SPAIN – JANUARY 20: Ousmane Dembele of Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and CD Leganes at Camp Nou on January 20, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Ernesto Valverde is expected to name the same starting XI from the first leg win, at Camp Nou.

From the XI that started at the 1st leg, only Arturo Vidal saw any action during the weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Celta Vigo. He played the final 28 minutes after Arthur was withdrawn.

Ousmane Dembélé sustained a hamstring injury at Celta Vigo and has not been named in the squad to travel to Liverpool.

However, Rafinha has been named in the squad and will travel to Liverpool. Although, he is unlikely to be involved as he battles back to full fitness following his cruciate ligament injury.

Jean-Clair Todibo is the only other absentee for Barcelona. He is ineligible to play in this competition for the Catalans.

Predicted Liverpool team vs Barcelona

Predicted Liverpool team vs Barcelona

Predicted Liverpool team vs Barcelona

Predicted Barcelona team vs Liverpool

Predicted Barcelona team vs Liverpool

Predicted Barcelona team vs Liverpool

The latest tweets from Liverpool pre-Barcelona

https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1124780776745312256

https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1125022834760327168

The latest tweets from Barcelona pre-Liverpool

https://twitter.com/FCBarcelona/status/1125017293107486720

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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