Barcelona v Liverpool Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Champions League Barcelona v Liverpool

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019


Camp Nou

Punter's Pick

This certainly is a tough one to call as both teams have the potential and form to completely overrun the other if they start well. However Barcelona rightfully start as favourites, with Bet365 pricing them at 10/11. But we fancy Liverpool to not get beaten, especially with the imperious Van Dijk leading their defence and a ‘Draw or Liverpool win’ market has been very generously priced at 10/11 by the same bookmaker. Barca will most likely be aggressive as they would want a cushion of a couple of goals to take to Anfield and we believe the over 2.5 goals market will materialise, so this should also be backed at 8/11.

One of the most mouth-watering ties of the season sees Barcelona welcome Liverpool to the Camp Nou in what promises to be a classic between two footballing giants.

Barcelona go into this game having retained their La Liga crown after a 1-0 victory over Levante. Fittingly it was Lionel Messi who got the only goal which keeps the Catalans on course for an amazing treble this season and allows Ernesto Valverde the ability to rest key players domestically so they can focus in on Europe’s top prize. The team have gone 22 games unbeaten in all competitions and the form of Lionel Messi is a real danger to opposition teams, having racked up 34 goals in the league and 45 for the season overall. But Barca will have others who need watching and Liverpool will know this only too well as their formers stars in Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez will also feature. Both players had their best seasons at the Reds before Barcelona came knocking and they will be desperate to put one over on their former employers despite the adulation they still enjoy from the fans.

Liverpool have been equally impressive in racking up an unbeaten run which now stretches to 19 games, the last 10 ending in victories. The front three have been in sizzling form but more recently the midfield has started to chip in with vital goals which makes the Reds an even greater danger. Gigi Wijnaldum helped break down a resolute Cardiff side with Naby Keita scoring three in his last six games, which has eased the pressure on the front three. Virgil Van Dijk has continued to dominate in defence helping the Reds secure four shutouts in their last five games and this will be crucial when coming up against the attacking prowess of Barcelona.

In team news, Barcelona are without Rafinha who was injured at the back end of last year and will be out for the remainder of the season. There are no fresh injury concerns for Valverde and his star players were given a break during the game at Levante as Messi and Suarez only played 45 minutes and Arthur and Dembele were taken off early. Barca are likely to lineup with Suarez, Messi and Coutinho as a front three with the ever-present Busquets, Ivan Rakitic and Arthur most likely to function in midfield. 4-3-3 has remained Barcelona’s preferred formation and it is unlikely they will change during their home leg.

Liverpool have been sweating on the fitness of Adam Lallana, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino. There were rumours swirling that Firmino could have suffered a season-ending injury but these fears have been calmed by the club in recent days. The game however could still come too soon for the Brazilian in which case Divock Origi or Daniel Sturridge will be hoping for another start. Who Klopp opts for in the middle of the park will be interesting as Wijnaldum with his discipline in holding is the one most likely to be guaranteed a starting berth with Keita, MIlner and Henderson all vying to nab a place in the starting 11.

There haven’t been any head to heads between these two teams in competitive games for over 10 years. The last time the teams played at the Camp Nou Liverpool won with goals from Craig Bellamy and John Arne Riise, with the former famously celebrating by imitating a golf swing after rumours of a bust-up between the teammates.

Punter's Pick

This certainly is a tough one to call as both teams have the potential and form to completely overrun the other if they start well. However Barcelona rightfully start as favourites, with Bet365 pricing them at 10/11. But we fancy Liverpool to not get beaten, especially with the imperious Van Dijk leading their defence and a ‘Draw or Liverpool win’ market has been very generously priced at 10/11 by the same bookmaker. Barca will most likely be aggressive as they would want a cushion of a couple of goals to take to Anfield and we believe the over 2.5 goals market will materialise, so this should also be backed at 8/11.

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