Tottenham Hotspur couldn’t get it over the line against Ajax last night. Now it’s Liverpool’s turn as they face Barcelona at Camp Nou in the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final.
The Reds have fond memories of Catalonia. They remain the only English side to register a win at the historic stadium. Craig Bellamy and John Arne Riise were the heroes back in 2007.
Who will cast themselves into the limelight this evening? We’ve previewed the titanic tussle in our Champions League Betting Tips.
Both sides are in brilliant form. But Barca have a magnificent record at Camp Nou. Bayern Munich are the only side to win at the ground inside 90 minutes in the Champions League since 2009. They’re 20/23 to edge it.
Liverpool sorted out their European away day blues in Munich and Porto. We have them down at 29/10, with a first-leg draw priced at 13/5.
Across the tie as a whole Barca are still the favourites at 4/6, against 11/10 for the Reds. Jurgen Klopp will go to win in Catalonia but an away goal is the most important thing. A 2-1 Barca success is 7/1.
How do you stop Messi’s magic? That’s the task facing Liverpool tonight. A midfield three of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Naby Keita will have to cut off the supply line from Ivan Rakitic to start with.
Then it’s down to Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip to soak up an excess in the centre. Down the flanks, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson will have to pick and choose their attacking forays or risk getting caught out.
It won’t be hard for their concentration to slip in Catalonia. But hold it all together and the triumvirate of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will give them a fantastic chance of getting that crucial away goal.
Manchester United got plenty of joy against Sergi Roberto in the last round. Nelson Semedo may be drafted in to cover Liverpool’s pace, while Jordi Alba is consistency personified on the left.
There’s no shortage of potential goalscorers in either side. So we’ve got Both Teams to Score at 6/10. Messi has opened the scoring in three of Barca’s five CL home matches so far. He’s 5/2 to do so again here.
Alternatively, the Argentine is 7/2 for his fifth brace of this year’s competition. Suarez is 13/10 to net Anytime against his former club, while fellow ex-Red Philippe Coutinho is 13/5 Anytime or 15/2 to Score Last off the bench.
Barca aren’t always adept at defending at set-pieces, so it would be no surprise to see the big Dutchman rise highest from a corner or a free-kick.
Where: Camp Nou, Barcelona
When: 8:00pm, Wednesday 1st May 2019.
How to Watch: BT Sport 2
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication