Barcelona Vs. Liverpool | Champions League Semi-Finals Betting Predictions And Odds
It’s a battle oozing with European pedigree in the first semi-final of this season’s Champion’s League as Barcelona gear up to face their third English opponent in the competition this year. Both sides proved their worth by annihilating their opponents in the knockout rounds, both scoring nine goals over the course of four matches. Can Liverpool shatter Barcelona’s pristine home record, fighting for a chance for their second finals appearance in a row – and how consequential would it be if they were to lose the first leg?
Barcelona Vs. Liverpool Betting Preview
Two teams with five European Cups to their name are clashing for a chance to pick up their sixth, but this is pretty much where the similarities end. In terms of domestic commitments, the two sides don’t even compare. Barcelona essentially has La Liga wrapped up while the Reds are no longer in control of their destiny in the war against Manchester City, one point behind and massively down on goal difference with three games to go.
Then again, this has clearly not stopped Jürgen Klopp from pushing his trademark heavy metal football, pushing for a three-goal win against FC Porto away from home in a tie that was pretty much already locked up, suggesting he’ll go all out for Champions League glory once again. Barcelona’s home-field heroics are well-documented, having now gone 31 games without defeat at the Camp Nou in the Champions League, a record that stretches back all the way to May 2013. This is usually where the Spaniards get the job done: a 1-0 win at Old Trafford and a goalless draw in Lyon were both followed by the coup de grace in Catalan territory. This suggests that a close match in the first leg may very well portend good things for the English side.
This isn’t last year’s Liverpool with all-out attacking prowess by a fantastic front trio coupled with suspect defending: the purchase of Allison Becker and Virgil van Dijk greatly bolstered the Reds’ backline, and while the increased stability had an understandable impact on the side’s attacking capabilities, this is perhaps the most complete Liverpool side in over a decade and one can definitely give Barca a good game over two legs, even if they are understandably expected to lose away from home.
- Money line: Barcelona -147 vs. Liverpool +331 (Draw: +292)
- Spread: Barcelona -145 (-0.5 ) Liverpool +125 (+0.5 )
- Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
- Game time: 3:00 PM ET
- Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona
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