FC Barcelona vs Manchester United / Champions League – Match between two great names of European football didn’t bring a spectacle at Old Traford but Barcelona left the stadium far more pleased with the outcome. Manchester United did almost nothing at home, while Barcelona scored one goal and with those 1-0 they are great favourite ahead of the 2nd leg at Camp Nou. In the meantime Barca played an easy match and drew in La Liga, while Manchester United triumphed in the Premier League. The two teams met the last time at Camp Nou in 2018 and the match ended as goalless draw.
FC Barcelona vs Manchester United begins 16.04.2019 at 21:00 CET
Barcelona did a good job in the 1st leg and that is a great step toward the semi-finals. Away match with Manchester United came at not the best time for the Catalans as they played a great derby with Atletico just a couple of days before. They used fact that they had a player more and won by 2-0, with which they practically win the champions title. Success raised their morale and they played tactically mature at Old Trafford.
Barca fans should be satisfied as their team didn’t receive a single goal, although they weren’t exactly efficient in attack. Those 1-0 should do unless they allow themselves disgrace similar to PSG’s. They are fully focused on the rematch and for example a totally different team faced Huesca in La Liga, so the final 0-0 is not a huge surprise. Barcelona didn’t receive a goal for the third match in a row, and now the strongest team goes on the pitch.
Probable lineups FC Barcelona: ter Stegen – Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, J. Alba – Busquets, Rakitic, Arthur – Messi, L. Suarez, Coutinho
Manchester United disappointed in the first match with Barcelona although it couldn’t be said that they were favourites to win. The Red Devils hoped to make a good result at home but practically everything repeated from round of 16 match with PSG. They failed to score and didn’t create particularly good chances, where the only difference was that they received just one goal. The Red Devils hope that their Champions League journey is not over and that can again dominate the rematch, although Barcelona is a different team than PSG.
The United met West Ham at home on Saturday and they didn’t exactly demonstrated good game that would be encouragement for match in Barcelona. They won by 2-1 after a fair deal of problems. Pogba scored both goals from penalties and expectedly several players were rested for this match, while some weren’t ready at the moment. Now, they can do nothing but to send the strongest available team on the pitch, where L. Shaw is definitely suspended. Matic and Herrera are still questionable due to injuries.
Probable lineups Manchester United: de Gea – Dalot, Lindelof, Smalling, P. Jones – McTominay, Pogba, Fred – Lingard, Martial, Rashford
FC Barcelona vs Manchester United PICK
The first match showed that Barcelona is still much stronger team than Manchester United at the moment and now the difference in quality should be even more pronounced. Manchester United had made surprise in the round of 16 but has no strength to create another.
Pick: Asian handicap -1.5 Barcelona
Odds: 2.11 at betsson (down to 2.00 can be played)
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