Liverpool v Barcelona Prediction & Betting Tips, 7th May 20196th May 2019 / lee
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Liverpool have left themselves with a mountain to climb after a 3-0 away defeat at Barcelona in the first leg of this Champions League semi-final. So they are going to have to come up with something astonishingly memorable at Anfield on Tuesday night to overturn this. Barcelona will likely turn up and bide their time and look to hit Liverpool on the break. Read our Liverpool v Barcelona betting tips for more.
Liverpool v Barcelona Betting Odds*
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 5th, 2019 at 4:27 p.m.)
Liverpool News and Form
So the first leg did not bode well for Liverpool even though they played a very good game. They did actually have golden opportunities to get themselves on the scoresheet and pick up a precious away goal, but they squandered them. Liverpool have never lost at Anfield in the semifinals of the European cup winning eight of their 10 previous matches there are at this stage (D2). In those 10 games, Liverpool have conceded only the four home goals, two of those were in last season’s semi-final on Merseyside against Roma.
Liverpool have won their last 10 two-legged European ties which includes qualifying times. But now that record look in serious jeopardy. The Reds have won seven of the eight UEFA Champions League knockout stage ties in which they were playing at home in the second leg. They have won their last six such ties on the bounce. Liverpool have a W8 D2 in two-legged UEFA knockout ties with Spanish sides.
Their home record against Spanish opposition is not particularly great as they have won just five of 17 previous fixtures at Anfield against Spanish visitors (D7 L5). As for their current home form in Europe, they were on a five-match winning streak on home soil in the competition, which included home successes in each of their three group stage fixtures. Then in the round of 16, they played out a 0-0 home draw against Bayern Munich, before winning 2-0 at Anfield over Porto in the quarter-finals. Liverpool are now undefeated in their last 21 European home games, winning 15 of those.
27 times in their history Liverpool have lost the first leg away from home of the UEFA competition ties. They have won through in 13 of those 27 previous locations. In two of those ties, they have suffered 3-0 away defeats in the first game and went on to be eliminated in both. In their previous meetings with Barcelona the head-to-head stands even now with both having claimed three wins each and have played out three goals. The last time that Liverpool hosted Barcelona, the visitors claimed a 1-0 victory.
Barcelona News and Form
Barcelona rested their star players on the weekend having already won the Spanish league title. So that the benefit for them ahead of this trip to Anfield. It was former Liverpool man Luis Suarez who gave Barcelona the first-half lead in the first leg. Lionel Messi then came up with two goals in the final 15 min of the fixture, his second and absolutely stunning free kick from 30 yards out. Interestingly in last season quarter-final against Roma, Barcelona bowed out after having earned a three-goal margin at home in the first leg. The difference then was a Roma have managed to get an away goal, whereas Liverpool have not.
Three of Barcelona’s eight semi-final defeats have come against English opposition. Barcelona have actually lost each of their last three away games at the semi-final stage of the UEFA Champions League. Remarkably they have only claimed two away victories (D2 L10) in their previous fourteen semi-final away games. The Spaniards have lost eight of their 12 previous UEFA Champions League knockout stage ties when they have played the second leg away from home.
Barcelona have claimed a win in 15 of their 25 previous two-leg European ties against English opposition. They have lost just one of their last nine. Barcelona have already seen off English opposition this season as they knocked out Manchester United by a 4-0 aggregate in the quarter-finals. Back in the group stage they were up against Tottenham as well and claimed four points from those two matches against the Premier League side. Overall it is a W4 L1 record against English sides by Barcelona this season.
Barcelona have won five of their last seven road games in England (D1 L1). Overall home and away in the Champions League, Barcelona have suffered just one defeat in their last 22 fixtures, winning 14 of those. That lone defeat was against Roma in last season’s quarter-final, when Barcelona crashed out. Before their success at Old Trafford in the last round against Manchester United, Barcelona had failed to win six away knockout stage games (D2 L4) and scored just one goal in that sequence. Barcelona have won 38 of the 42 UEFA competition ties in which they won the first leg at home but have lost the two most recent ones.
Liverpool v Barcelona Tips & Odds
Who will win – Liverpool v Barcelona Predictions
It’s a tough game to predict now because Liverpool have to get themselves on the front foot and an early goal would raise belief. However they were so easily picked off by Barcelona’s attacking game, and that has to come into play the game here. So this could be a high-scoring game, but perhaps worth backing Liverpool to claim the match victory.
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