Barcelona v Liverpool Prediction & Betting Tips, 1st May 201929th April 2019 / lee
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Both Barcelona and Liverpool have five European Cup titles to their name and this is such a massive showdown in the semifinals. Barcelona are an absolute beast on home soil and they will be defending a long unbeaten record at the Camp Nou in the UEFA Champions League. But then it is Liverpool who have won all previous ties between these two giants of European football. Read our Barcelona v Liverpool betting tips for more.
Barcelona v Liverpool Betting Odds*
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 29th, 2019 at 6:15 p.m.)
Barcelona News and Form
Barcelona are now undefeated in 31 UEFA Champions League home matches. That is an absolutely astonishing record. Surprisingly the recent record of Barcelona in the Champions League semi finals is not particularly good. They have lost three of their last five semi-final ties. Actually, three of their eight semi-final defeats in the history of the European Cup/Champions League, have happened against English opposition. Barcelona have won each of their last five two-legged ties against English opposition. In total, their record in such ties against English opponents is W15 L10.
They have had plenty of experience against English opposition this season as they were up against Tottenham in the group stage, taking four points off the Premier League side. Then they were up against Manchester United in the quarter-finals, with Barcelona winning that tie 4-0 on aggregate. So now Barcelona are on a streak of just one defeat in their last 15 games against English clubs, winning 11 of those 15 games.
Barcelona’s home record against English opposition is W21 D11 L2, however, both of those defeats in that sequence did happen against Liverpool. Barcelona have won eight of their last 10 home games against English opposition, drawing the other two. Barcelona have only lost one of their last 21 knockout fixtures in the UEFA Champions League, winning 13 of those.
They are currently on a thirteen match undefeated streak at home in the knockout stages of the competition, winning 11. On home soil this season in Europe Barcelona have won four of their five games, the one exception being a 1-1 draw against Spurs on matchday six of the group stage, Barcelona already having won the group by that time. As for that man Lionel Messi, he is the current top scorer in this season’s tournament.
Barcelona v Liverpool Head to Head
Liverpool league the head to head 3-2 against Barcelona from eight previous games
Liverpool have won all three two-legged contests against Barcelona
This is the first meeting since the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League round of 16
Liverpool took the tie on away goals after winning the first leg 2-1 at the Camp Nou
Liverpool News and Form
Liverpool are on a 19 match undefeated streak of form in all competitions at the moment, winning 14 of those. That’s the kind of positive form that they need to take forward with them to Spain in midweek. This is such a tough first leg away from home though, so it will be interesting to see how well their defence stands up to what they know will be a strong attacking performance from Barcelona.
The record of Liverpool in European cup semi finals is W8 L2. Liverpool have won their last 10 two-leg European ties, which includes their successes over Bayern Munich and Porto this season. It has been a while since they have met Spanish opposition in a two-legged tie though, as this will be their first since meeting Villarreal in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League semi-finals. The Reds lost 1-0 in Spain, before winning 3-0 back at Anfield.
That win over Villarreal on home soil is Liverpool’s only victory in their last eight fixtures against Spanish opposition, losing five of the other seven. The last time they made a trip to Spain was in last season’s group stage when they played out a 3-3 draw at Sevilla. Liverpool had been on a run of four straight European away defeats before picking up a 3-1 success at Bayern Munich in the round of 16. They then 4-1 at Porto in the following round.
In total Liverpool have lost five of their last 12 European matches, with all of those defeats coming outside of England. But now with this five-match undefeated streak of form in Europe, the tide looks to be turning well in their favour. Sadio Mane has produced 11 goals in Liverpool’s 12 matches and now with Mo Salah becoming the Premier League top scorer last weekend, they do have the firepower, especially on the counter-attack to cause Barcelona some problems.
Barcelona v Liverpool Tips & Odds
Who will win – Barcelona v Liverpool Predictions
Even though Liverpool have been in such great form lately, this is still a massive task ahead of them in Spain. Barcelona will know the importance of putting on a very good strong show on home soil and with them in current hot form, and with Lionel Messi scoring for fun, the appeal a game in betting terms is for a Barcelona to win & both teams to score option.
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