Barcelona v Manchester United Champions League Preview, 16th April 8.00pm
Barcelona hold a 1-0 advantage as they head back to Spain for the second leg of this quarter-final duel. Did Manchester United miss their chance on home soil to get themselves into this tie? They may have to endure a long night at the Nou Camp, needing to score twice to get themselves through. Read our Barcelona v Manchester United betting tips for more.
Manchester United 7/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 13th, 2019 at 4:57 p.m.)
Barcelona hold a 1-0 advantage in this tie after an own goal by Manchester United’s Luke Shaw in the first leg at Old Trafford. That was their third straight win over Manchester United and for Barcelona, it was their first win in seven away knockout games in the Champions League (D2 L4). That was only their second goal in that sequence of games as well. So it is advantage the Spaniards as they get back to home soil and Barcelona have won five and lost three now of their previous 12 meetings with Manchester United. The Catalans have won 14 of their 24 two-legged ties against English opposition
Barcelona have never lost home game against Manchester United (W2 D2) although the last two meetings at the Nou Camp have ended in a draw. Barcelona have already hosted English opposition this season as they played out a 1-1 draw against Spurs on matchday six of the group stage. Barcelona have lost just one of their last 14 European games against English sides, winning 10 of those. They have won seven of their last nine home games against English sides.
Barcelona’s overall home record against English clubs is W20 D11 L2. Barcelona have lost just one of their last 20 Champions League games (W12 D7). They are unbeaten in 12 knockout stage at the Nou Camp, winning 10 of those. Barca are undefeated in 30 Champions League home games (W27 D3). Barcelona have progressed 36 out of the 38 times they won the away first leg in UEFA competition. Lionel Messi is the joint leading goalscorer in this season’s Champions League with eight.
So this is going to be an uphill struggle for Manchester United given the European home form of Barcelona. But in the last round of this season’s Champions League, Manchester United made a second leg trip to Paris to face PSG and turnaround a 2-0 deficit. That was only the fourth time that a team in the tournament had come back from losing the home first leg. Manchester United have won both previous two-legged ties against Barcelona. The Red Devils have already faced Spanish opposition this season as they played out a 0-0 home draw and suffered a 2-1 away loss against Valencia in the group stage.
With this season’s action, just United have claimed just two wins in their last 16 games against Spanish opposition (D6 L8). They are currently on a winless streak of seven games against Spanish clubs. But they don’t have too bad of a record in Spain having lost only two of their last 10 visits there (W2 D6). United’s record in two-legged ties against Spanish clubs is W6 L8. The Red Devils have only lost two of their last 13 European away fixtures, winning eight of those. In just one of those games, did they concede more than one goal in a game. Home and away Manchester United have lost seven of their last 29 European fixtures.
Barcelona should hold their own on home soil here. Manchester United can believe because of what they did in Paris in the last round. This is going to be a lot tougher of an ask though. Barcelona can take their time and pick off the visitors. Barcelona to win to nil.
15th April 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Manchester United are facing an uphill battle to try and make the quarterfinals of this season’s Champions League. They are trailing the French champions 2-0 as they head out to the City of Lights. United will be without the suspended Paul Pogba as well. Read our PSG v Manchester United betting tips for more.
Manchester United 9/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 3rd, 2019 at 7:34 p.m.)
PSG were very impressive at Old Trafford and that was without either Neymar or Edinson Cavani in the side. It was Kylian Mbappe who was the start of the show as Manchester United had no answer to his pace and power. So now PSG are in sight of a quarter-final for the first time in three years. This is the seventh straight appearance in the round of sixteen for PSG, but they have been eliminated in each of the last two seasons at this very stage. Their overall round of sixteen record is W4 L2. PSG are W3 L3 in six previous ties against English sides, the most recent of which was against Man City in the 2015/16 quarter-finals.
PSG have scored in each of their last 23 Champions League matches. PSG beat Liverpool in this season’s group stage on home soil, their first win in six in Paris against an English side. PSG are W4 D4 L1 at home against English opposition in their history. They are unbeaten in six at home against EPL sides (W3 D3) but haven’t earned a clean sheet in any of their last six. PSG have lost just two of their last 50 European home games, earning seven points in this season’s group stage home fixtures. Paris have won all 15 UEFA competition ties when they have recorded a first-leg away victory.
The Reds have a big task on their hands to try and turn this around. This is their 11th time at this stage of the competition and they are W6 L4 from their previous ten. United were dumped out of last season’s competition at this stage by Sevilla. Their draw out in Spain in that tie makes it four straight away games in the knockout stages of the Champions League without a win by the Red Devils (D3 L1). Their overall away record in the round of sixteen is W2 D5 L3. The Red Devils have only scored in exactly half of those ten matches.
The Red Devils posted a W2 L1 record in the group stage away from home. Their loss at Valencia on matchday six is their only away defeat in their last dozen road games in European action. During that sequence of twelve away games, United have only conceded the seven goals. Home and away combined, Manchester United have suffered a loss in just six of their last 27 European games, winning sixteen of those. They have lost their last two played though. The Red Devils had an eight-match undefeated streak of form (W6 D2) against French sides snapped in the first leg of this tie. United have never come back from a first-leg home defeat to win the tie in UEFA competition.
Manchester United may just end up fading from this game. PSG had so much control over them at Old Trafford, it’s hard to see the French side letting anything slip in this one. PSG to win to nil just to see out the tie in a low scoring game looks good.
4th March 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
When this tie came out of the draw, Manchester United weren’t in great shape under Jose Mourinho. Things have changed and the Red Devils are in a strong, confident, positive frame of mind at the moment. They will also be taking on a PSG side who are missing talisman Neymar. Read our Manchester United v PSG betting tips for more.
Man Utd 6/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 10th, 2019 at 7:23 p.m.)
Life is continuing to go well for the Red Devils who picked up another league win on the weekend. This will actually be the first ever competitive meeting between United and PSG. Manchester United only qualified in second place in their group behind Juventus. It wasn’t a comfortable ride for them at all. Last season Manchester United were knocked out at this stage by Sevilla. In the second leg of that tie, United lost 2-1 at home, ending a 21-match unbeaten run of home form in Europe.
United have lost two for their last three home games at this stage of the Champions League. During the group stage, they went W1 D1 L1 at Old Trafford. Manchester United have lost only lost five of their last 26 European games (W16 D5). Against French sides in two-legged affairs, United have won six of seven. The Reds are on a three-match winning streak at home against French sides. Their overall home record against French sides is W10 D3 L0. They have won ten of their last eleven games in all competitions now, scoring in each of their last seventeen.
PSG have lost Neymar to a long term injury, and on the weekend, Edinson Cavani picked up a knock which could keep him out of this tie. PSG topped their group, a competitive group it was as well, beating out Liverpool and Napoli along the way, finishing with a W3 D2 L1 record. PSG have gone out at this stage in their last two Champions League campaign. They hold an overall W4 L2 record in round of sixteen two-legged ties in the competition. They have won three of their six previous two-legged knockout ties against English sides.
PSG have scored in each of their last 22 Champions League games and against Liverpool in the group stage, they lost 3-2 at Anfield before winning 2-1 back on home soil. That home win was their first win over an English side in six (D3 L2). The French champions have only ever won one game in England, which was at Chelsea in 2016, part of an overall W1 D4 L5 record in England. They have beaten English opponents twice at this stage of the Champions League, both times against Chelsea in 2014/15 and in 2015/16. PSG have won nine of their last eleven games in all competitions (L2) and have scored 31 goals in that sequence.
There has to be a good opportunity here for Manchester United to get something going on home soil in this tie. PSG aren’t at their strongest and have a pretty poor record in England. Manchester United to win.
11th February 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
There’s little at stake in this one. Valencia are going nowhere as they have secured third place in the group already. As for Manchester United, they have managed to secure qualification with a game to spare. They have a chance at winning the group, but they have to win this and hope that somehow Juventus fail to beat Young Boys on the night. Read our Valencia v Manchester United betting tips for more.
Manchester United 7/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 11th, 2018 at 1:51 p.m.)
Valencia will be finishing in third place in the group so there is nothing at stake for them here. They opened their home account with a defeat against Juventus, before beating Young Boys at the Mestalla. Valencia had been on a four-match losing streak in Europe before they took a point against Manchester United on matchday two. Los Blanqui Negros have lost four of their last six home games in the competition proper. They have collected just the two wins in their last seven at the Mestalla (D1) in Europe overall.
Their home record against Premier League sides is W8 D5 L4. The last Premier League side they hosted was Swansea in the 2013/14 Europa League group stage and Valencia lost that game 3-0. The Spaniards have collected one win in their last six home games against English Premier League sides (D1 L4). The last time they hosted Man Utd they lost 1-0 in the 2010/11 group stage after conceding late on in the game. After a run of one win in 13 games in all competitions, Valencia have won five of their last nine so have found a bit of form. This is their first European campaign after a two-year absence
Five of the previous six meetings have ended in a draw
Six of their nine overall meetings have ended level
United won their last trip to the Mestalla 1-0 in the 2010/11 group stage
United are W2 D6 L1 against Valencia
The Red Devils have not conceded in three visits to the Mestalla
Manchester United took a 1-0 home win over Young Boys last time out on match day five. A stoppage-time winner from Marouane Fellaini in that game eased huge pressure off the Red Devils. They can go to Spain now knowing they have already qualified for the next round. United have won both away games in the group, 3-0 at Young Boys and 2-1 at Juventus. The Red Devils have suffered only one defeat in their last 11 European away games (W7 D3). Manchester United have conceded only five goals in their last 11 European road games, so that’s actually pretty strong.
Home and away Manchester United are W16 D5 L4 in their last 25 European fixtures. Their form against Spanish sides isn’t great as they have won just two of their last 14 matches against Spanish clubs (D6 L6), a run of games which includes their draw at home against Valencia earlier in the group. Manchester United have one loss in their last nine games in Spain though (W2 D6). The Red Devils have scored just the one goal in their last three visits to the Mestalla. Their current form in all competitions has seen United win just six of their last 16 matches in all competitions. In all competitions, this season United are W5 D2 L3 away from home and have just two clean sheet away from Old Trafford. They have to win and hope that Juventus don’t in order to claim top spot in the group.
We can’t look past the draw in this one. While Valencia have no interest in the game and it’s not too realistic to expect Juventus to not beat Young Boys. This could just be one of those games that fail to get going. Draw.
10th December 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
There should be a pretty good chance for Manchester United to progress through to the knockout phase of the Champions League. If they get the home win over Young Boys while Valencia fail to beat group leaders Juventus on the night, then that will be enough for the Red Devils to get through to the knockout phase of the competition. Read our Manchester United v Young Boys betting tips for more.
Manchester United 2/7
Young Boys 10/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 26th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.)
A win will put Manchester United through to the next round of the competition, as long as Valencia don’t pull out a win over group leaders Juventus. A draw wouldn’t be enough on the night for the Red Devils as Valencia could still catch them. Manchester United are W2 D1 L1 in Group H. They opened their account with that good 3-0 success on the road at Young Boys. Since then they have scored in just one of their last three group stage games, a 2-1 win at Juventus. It means they have failed to score in their last two European games at Old Trafford. It’s the first time since 2005 they have done that.
United have never gone three consecutive European home games without finding the back of the net. The Red Devils have suffered just the four defeats in their last 24 European games home and away (W15 D5). Their record against Swiss opposition is W1 D2 at home, their last encounter ending in a 3-0 win over Basel in last season’s group stage. United are W3 D2 L2 in their seven games in all competitions. They had failed to earn a clean sheet in seven before a 0-0 against Crystal Palace on the weekend. Both teams not to score is at 3/4 odds* (betting odds taken on November 26th, 2018 at 7:48 pm). That result leaves United with just four wins in their last 12 matches in all competitions (D5 L3).
This will be just the second game ever between the two sides
The only way that Young Boys get a shot at not finishing bottom of the pile is by going out and collecting three points in this fixture on Tuesday. So far they have taken only the one point from their four Group H fixtures. That one point was earned at home in a draw against Valencia. They conceded exactly three goals in their other three group stage games. A Manchester United 3-0 correct score is at 13/2 odds* (betting odds taken on November 26th, 2018 at 7:48 pm)
The Swiss side have won just two of their last 14 European fixtures (D5 L7). Of their sixteen previous away games in European competition, Young Boys are W1 D4 L11. This will be their eighth match against an English side and from their previous encounters have produced a W1 D1 L5 record from their seven. Their only ever triumph against an English side came in a 3-2 win over Spurs in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League qualifiers. Guillaume Hoarau has scored six goals in his last eight appearances for the club.
There really shouldn’t be any kind of a scare or an upset for Manchester United in this one. They handle Young Boys easily enough in Bern and we can predict a repeat outcome of Manchester United to win to nil happening.
26th November 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
There was a relative mismatch between these two at Old Trafford. Juventus were so good and controlled so much of the game, they looked like the home side. They will probably be even stronger back on home soil for the visit of the Red Devils. Will Manchester United have any chance of landing a big away blow in this one? Read our Juventus v Manchester United betting tips for more.
Man Utd 11/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 4th, 2018 at 2:39 p.m.)
The Italians picked up a solid 1-0 win at Old Trafford on match day three, looking fully in control of the game kick off to the final whistle. Paulo Dybala got the only goal of the game for the Italian champions. The Bianconeri have yet to concede a single goal in this season’s group stage campaign having beaten Valencia 2-0, Young Boys 3-0 and then Manchester United 1-0. It has been a strong showing from them. Just twice this season in all competitions have Juve failed to score at least two goals in a game. Over 2.5 goals is at 8/5 odds* (betting odds taken on November 4th 2018 at 10:47 am)
Last season in their group stage campaign, Juventus finished second behind Barcelona, collecting seven points from their three games in Turin. Before a 3-0 quarter-final first leg defeat against Real Madrid in Turin, Juventus were on a 27 game unbeaten streak of form at home in European action (W16 D11). Juve have only lost two European home games at the Juventus Stadium (W20 D12). They had however gone winless in three European home games because beating Young Boys on match day one. Cristiano Ronaldo is the 11/10 anytime goalscorer favourite* (betting odds taken on November 4th 2018 at 10:47 am).
It has been a massively strong showing from Juventus again this season both on the domestic front and in Europe. They have won all of their fixtures played across all competitions this season except one. That exception was a 1-1 draw against Genoa in a league game. Juventus have come up with exactly three goals in three of their last four home games. If they can go and complete the double over Manchester United in the group in midweek, the Old Lady will win the group with two games to spare.
From the previous head to head Juve are W6 D2 L5 up
Before match day three, their most recent meeting was in the 2002/03 Group Stage
Juventus lost both of those games
Manchester United were on a three-match winning streak against Juve before their loss on match day three
On match day one Manchester United eased themselves to a comfortable win over Young Boys out on the road, but then things went downhill. They were held to a 0-0 draw by Valencia and then they suffered that defeat against Juventus. So they have some work still to do for qualification. This is the first time since the 2012/13 Champions League that they have failed to score in back to back games in the competition. The 2005/06 campaign was the last time that they failed to score in three straight European games. Both teams not to score is at 10/11 odds* (betting odds taken on November 4th 2018 at 10:47 am)
Manchester United have lost four of their last 23 European games home and away combined (W14 D5). They have been pretty solid on their travels to be fair to them as they have suffered a loss in just one of their last ten on the road (W6 D3). They have conceded just four goals in their last ten European away games and they are undefeated in their last four visits to Italy with a W2 D2 record. Their most recent trip there saw United edge AC Milan 3-2 in the 2009/10 Champions League
Before losing against Juventus two weeks ago, Manchester United had gone unbeaten in eight games against Italian opposition. If they could get back to avoiding defeat in this tough game out in Turin, it would be seen as something of a success for them. Anthony Martial has scored in four of United’s last five games and is at 7/2 in the anytime goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on November 4th 2018 at 10:47 am).
We can only predict that this game will go much the way as the first one did, in that Juventus will control most of the game and win it. Manchester United barely made an impression against them at Old Trafford. Home win.
5th November 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Cristiano Ronaldo will make a return to Old Trafford as his Juventus side make a Champions League visit on Tuesday. Will he come back to silence the home crowd on his old stomping ground? Manchester United need a win to take over from the Italians at the top of Group H. Read our Manchester United v Juventus betting tips for more.
Manchester United 21/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 21st, 2018 at 5:43 p.m.)
Big game for the Red Devils here. They go into the fixture trailing Juventus by two points at the top of Group H. That is after they took a comfortable away win in their first group game at Young Boys, but were then held at home to a 0-0 draw by Valencia. If they were to lose this game, it would leave them a mountain to climb to win the group. The Red Devils have only won one of their last six matches in all competitions (W1 D4 L1) with that win in that sequence being a 3-2 success over Newcastle in the league after having been trailing 2-0.
They have been struggling defensively and only have the one clean sheet in their last six games. But because they have been scoring fairly freely this season then both teams to score is at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken on October 21st, 2018 at 6:02 pm). Their European form is pretty solid with a W14 D5 L3 record in their last 22 European fixtures. They have also won their last five games at Old Trafford against Italian opponents, banking a clean sheet in each of their last four. Their main striker Romelu Lukaku is on a seven-match club scoreless streak of form. Anthony Martial has three in his last two though.
From twelve meetings the head to head is even at W5 D2 each
From the previous clashes, each side have netted 15 goals
This is the first meeting since the 2002/03 Group Stage when United won both games
Manchester United have won the last three games against Juventus
Juventus have failed to win any of their last four against United D1 L3
Juventus have won their two group stage matches so far this season without conceding a goal. They played out a 1-1 draw with Genoa in Serie A on the weekend and that was the first failure to win a game (all competitions) from them this season. Still a W10 D1 record from eleven games is nothing to complain about. Juve have netted at least two goals in ten of their eleven games this term so over 2.5 goals is at 11/10 odds* (betting odds taken on October 21st, 2018 at 6:02 pm). Former Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo makes and Old Trafford return and he is the 6/4 anytime goalscorer favourite for the match* (betting odds taken on October 21st, 2018 at 6:02 pm).
Ronaldo has five goals in ten games for Juve this season. Juventus are undefeated in their last five European away fixtures, winning each of their last four. Their form against English opposition has improved drastically in recent times. They are unbeaten in eight now against Premier League opposition with a W4 D4 record. They are W4 D1 in their last five matches against English opponents. Juventus have avoided defeat in each of their last four visits to England as well with a W2 D2 record in that sequence of games. The Old Lady are going to be tough to top in the group if they win this.
Juventus look so strong at the moment and there are clearly frailties in the back line of Manchester United which keep getting exposed. An away win for the Italians here would put them in such a strong position to win the group. Back a Juventus win.
21st October 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting