Liverpool v Barcelona Champions League Betting Tips
After a drubbing in the first leg, Liverpool will be hoping for an Anfield miracle to beat Barcelona in the Champions League semi finals. A 3-0 reverse at the Nou Camp means Liverpool has it all to do in the second leg, although after impressive results at Anfield in the last few years, you can’t completely rule them out. After scoring his 600th goal for Barcelona, Lionel Messi was rested at the weekend and will be aiming to reach his 4th Champions League final.
Liverpool’s Champions League Form
Last Time Out For Liverpool
Liverpool kept the pressure on Manchester City with a late 3-2 win at St James’ Park. Unlike Barcelona, Liverpool played a full strength team and it paid off with an early Virgil Van Dijk header giving them the lead. Just 7 minutes later however, Newcastle were back level as Christian Atsu finished after Liverpool failed to clear the box. Replays showed Alexander-Arnold handled the ball in the area in the lead up, so it could have been a very different match. With half an hour gone, Alexander-Arnold was the provider for Mo Salah to score his 22nd goal of the season and restore Liverpool’s lead. After the break, both sides continued to attack in a very open game, with Newcastle striking the next blow. Again Liverpool failed to get the ball out of the box, before Rondon hit a powerful volley into the corner. The game looked to be heading for a draw as both sides cancelled each other. On 86 minutes though, a soft freekick was awarded against Matt Ritchie, which led to Divock Origi’s eventual winner. Liverpool got the three points that they needed, but also suffered key injuries. Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk were both absent from training on Monday, adding to Roberto Firmino on the injury list.
Barcelona’s Champions League Form
Last Time Out For Barcelona
With La Liga already wrapped up, a weakened Barcelona side lost 2-0 to relegation threatened Celta Vigo on Saturday. All 11 players who started the first leg were rested, with only Arturo Vidal playing any minutes from the bench. Celta impressed from the start as they fought for their place in La Liga. VAR ruled out a first half goal from Nestor Araujo as the hosts continued to show that they were up for the battle. After 67 minutes, Maxi Gomez gave Celta a deserved lead when he slipped a volley in past Jasper Cillessen at his near post. VAR was involved again later on in the half, as Celta were awarded a penalty in the 87th minute. Ex-Liverpool player Iago Aspas dispatched the penalty, confirming Barcelona’s first league defeat since November. Barcelona clearly had one eye on this Champions League second leg, so expect a very different lineup and a different performance at Anfield.
Where’s The Value Bet?
Lionel Messi has had one of the best seasons of his career this year and shows no signs of slowing down. He showed last week just what he can do against Liverpool and with a weekend of rest behind him, expect another standout performance from the Argentine. Remarkably, since the start of 2011/12, Lionel Messi has scored 25 goals against England’s ‘Top Six’, despite never playing in the Premier League. Overall, it’s 26 goals in 33 games against English opposition so the argument that Messi couldn’t cut it in the Premier League is surely dead in the water. At the start of the season, Messi took to the Nou Camp pitch and promised to bring Champions League glory back to Barcelona. At Anfield tonight, he will surely want to play his part in taking them one step closer.
How To Watch Liverpool v Barcelona
Liverpool v Barcelona will be shown live on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting at 7pm ahead of the 8pm kickoff.
Bet UK’s Headline Betting Tip
It will be a lot to ask Liverpool to get through this tie, but we still think they might edge a tight game on the night.
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