Going to be a tough ask for Manchester United to overturn the 1-0 deficit in their Champions League quarterfinal second leg clash against Barcelona at the Camp Nou. The Catalan giants have been in supreme form at home and nothing short of their best performance of the season will be required by Solskjaer’s team if they are going to get through. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game and if value is what you are after head over to our FanBoosts section and check out our selection of enhanced odds.
Barcelona’s Dominant Record At Home
Barcelona take a slender lead into the second leg and rested the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at the weekend as they fielded the second string away at Huesca.
They could only draw that game, but frankly they can afford to drop a few points here or there with the league title virtually sewn up, while on home turf they’re a force to be reckoned with and especially in Europe’s premier club competition.
The Catalans have won an incredible 27 of 30 unbeaten matches at the Camp Nou since 2013/14, never conceding more than a single strike, while 22 of these saw them triumph by at least two clear goals as they scored at least three times on 19 occasions.
Manchester United Recent Form
That doesn’t bode well for a United side that have lost four of their last six fixtures, including all three away from home as they went down twice at Wolves as the other defeat came at Arsenal.
Although the Red Devils will point to their second-leg comeback away in Paris during the previous round for inspiration, the French champions have made a habit of bowing out in the Champions League knockout stages before the pool has narrowed at the sharp end of the season, while Barcelona are seasoned veterans in this tournament and there’ll be no such brittleness on display.
Barcelona v Manchester United Betting Tips
One man who has certainly been there and done it is of course Lionel Messi, who experienced a quiet first leg by his standards. However, having been rested at the weekend, the Argentinian should be entirely fresh to resume normal service and will be desperate to get closer to Cristiano Ronaldo’s numbers in the Champions League.
Barca are on course for a first treble since 2014/15 under Luis Enrique, and with United limited to just 34% of possession in the first leg, we’d expect them to be chasing shadows away in Spain.
However, there’s always the potential for United to bag a goal on the counter, and so we’d rather back the hosts on the handicap rather than to win to nil.
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