Liverpool vs FC Barcelona / Champions League – In the first leg we expectedly saw an atomic football, but what was not expected is that Barcelona will make such strong advantage. Liverpool didn’t play badly at Camp Nou, however, it failed to score, while Barcelona did that three times and now they really have a huge advantage ahead of the rematch. Barcelona won both Champions League matches played in Liverpool so far.
Liverpool vs FC Barcelona begins 07.05.2019 at 21:00 CET
Liverpool is in difficult situation, and many would say hopeless after they lost at Camp Nou by 3-0. There is little comfort in fact that they played well. Manager Jurgen Klopp believes that was perhaps the best away performances of his players in the Champions League this season. The Reds had their opportunities and they deserved to score at least one goal, however, they missed all chances, while the home team mostly used its opportunities. Near the end Liverpool was taking too much risk and could easily receive another goal.
It is going to be very difficult to reach the second consecutive final, despite fact that Liverpool is really good this season when it plays at its Anfield. At the same time they are still in the race for the title in the English Premier League. Last Friday the Reds have plenty of problems in Newcastle. They had a lead of 0-1 and 1-2, but the persistent hosts equalised two times. Near the end of match reservist Origi scored the third goal for Liverpool’s victory. He replaced injured Salaah, who is questionable for this match.
Probable lineups Liverpool: Alisson – Alexander-Arnold, J. Matip, van Dijk, Robertson – Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum – M. Salah (Shaqiri), R. Firmino, S. Mane
Barcelona fans should be more than happy after the first match as their team has put one foot in the door of the final. Of course, they cannot fully relax; however, when the Catalans defend advantage of 3-0, then the rivals are definitely in unenviable situation. Barcelona team can analyse its performances that were far from brilliant at Camp Nou and will see that they had big problems in, but they in the attack had incredible Messi, who scored two goals. The free-kick goal for the final 3-0 was definitely a masterpeace and that was a moment when most likely Barcelona confirmed its place the final.
They were lucky too, without which not much could be done, and had a great goalkeeper ter Stegen, who was a hero of the match alongside Messi. They can be sorry a bit for not scoring at least one goal in the very finish of match when the guests had opened up. In the meantime, they faced Celta in Vigo and lost 2-0, but not a single player from match against Liverpool was on the pitch and we saw several totally unknown players. The bad thing from the match was Dembele’s injury, but anyway he wouldn’t be in the starting line-up.
Probable lineups Barcelona: ter Stegen – S. Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, J. Alba – Busquets, Vidal, Rakitic – Messi, L. Suarez, Coutinho
Liverpool vs FC Barcelona PICK
Having minus of three goals against Liverpool has nothing to wait and must attack, hoping that will take a lead rather sooner than later. However, that is no guaranty of anything as Barcelona is very dangerous and in the end the match could easily turn into a true goal fest.
Pick: over 3 goals
Odds: 1.94 at bethard (down to 1.84 can be played)
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