Barcelona

Barcelona vs Liverpool

, KO: 20:00 May 1, 2019, Nou Camp
Liverpool

IT'S looking increasingly like Liverpool's brave bid to land their first title since 1990 will come up just short as relentless Manchester City show little sign of slipping up.

But the cruel blow of missing out on the championship, despite amassing a potential tally of 97 points, will be cushioned if Jurgen Klopp's men lift the European Cup.

After scraping into the last 16 with a nerve-jangling Anfield win over Napoli, the Reds have hardly put a foot wrong in the Champions League.

Their 3-1 away win over Bayern Munich was hugely impressive, inspired by newly-crowned Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk, and Liverpool then swatted aside a dangerous Porto side.

After a 2-0 win at Anfield, I thought Klopp's side would have a difficult second leg in Oporto but instead they strolled it, thrashing them 4-1 with another superb away performance.

Now they will have to deliver another accomplished display on their travels as they step into the Lionel's den at the Nou Camp.

Manchester United were ripped apart in Barcelona by Lionel Messi in the last eight and the Barca magician presents the biggest threat to Liverpool's hopes of reaching a second successive final.

Klopp's defence did a decent job of shackling Messi's great rival Cristiano Ronaldo in last year's showpiece, only to be undone by another Galactico as Gareth Bale stepped off the bench to score a spectacular overhead kick.

But that loss to Real Madrid was as much down to the blunders of keeper Loris Karius as the brilliance of Bale and with Alisson now between the sticks, Liverpool are much more solid at the back.

Van Dijk has been imperious all season and now faces his biggest challenge as Messi bids to cap another breathtaking season by inspiring Barca to their first Euro final since 2015.

He was benched for the weekend clash with Levante with a view to resting him for Liverpool but Messi was thrown on at the break with the score at 0-0.

And he underlined his importance to the side by scoring the goal that sealed the La Liga title, his 10th domestic league triumph in a remarkable career.

Messi, unsurprisingly, leads the goalscorer markets here, with Unibet offering 29/10 on him breaking the deadlock and Paddy Power quoting 4/5 for anytime scorer.

The Argentinian replaced Philippe Coutinho at the weekend and it remains to be seen if the former Anfield hero will face his old side.

Barcelona have yet to see value for money on the £142million they paid Liverpool for the Brazilian, with the playmaker only showing sporadic signs of brilliance.

The Reds fared far better from that deal, with the cash financing the additions that turned Klopp's side from pretenders to contenders.

But it's amazing how often former players come back to haunt their old clubs and if you fancy Coutinho to hurt the Reds he's a generous 13/5 with Unibet for anytime scorer. His main rival for a starting slot is Ousmane Dembele and the French maverick is a decent 11/4 in the same market with Paddy Power.

Coutinho isn't the only Anfield old boy in Barca's ranks and Luis Suarez is more likely to grab a goal against the Reds. William Hill have boosted the price on Suarez scoring in a Barcelona win to 13/2 and that could be worth a few quid.

Liverpool have received a boost with the news striker Robert Firmino has been passed fit to return to training. The Brazilian missed Friday's win over Huddersfield with a muscle injury but could recover in time to start here.

If he's free to join Sadio Mane and Mo Salah in the Reds attack then I fancy Liverpool to get a priceless away goal. Barcelona's defence still doesn't impress and they almost shipped a late leveller to Levante on Sunday, with only the post coming to their rescue.

Manchester United also threatened early on at the Nou Camp before falling apart after Messi's opener and the pace of Klopp's attack could cause them problems. So try backing a Barcelona win with both teams to score, which is 58/25 with Marathonbet.

There are a few interesting requested bets at Oddschecker and I like the look of both teams to score, over 2.5 goals and either team to win, which is 6/5 with Ladbrokes.

This match between Barcelona and Liverpool will be played on May 1, 2019 and kick off at 20:00

Barcelona vs Liverpool Betting Tips & Predictions
Luis Suarez to score in a Barcelona win
13/2
William Hill
Barca win and both teams to score
58/25
Marathonbet
Both teams to score, over 2.5 goals and either team to win
6/5
Ladbrokes

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5 Comments
  1. maccathered 3 months ago

    Barcelona v Liverpool
    Liverpool double chance at 21/20*****
    Liverpool to win at 10/3
    Having watched Barca recently i am more confident than ever that Liverpool can go there and get something.We all know about Barca and Messi and we all watched him destroy Man Utd,difference here though is Liverpool press until they win the ball back and they also press high which will put Barca’s vulnerable defence under enormous pressure which they almost certainly won’t cope with,Firmihno,Salah,and especially Mane will create chances and if they take them they have every chance of winning this game as long as they can contain Messi of course,i’m pretty sure it will be a good match up the best defender in the world v the best midfielder in the world.
    Also on a double of Ajax and Liverpool both to win at 12/1 great value imo.cheers bookies

  2. maccathered 3 months ago

    Oops posted on wrong thread

    • KevinMac 3 months ago

      Good to hear your thoughts on it, Macca. Hoping the Reds can do it over two legs. They deserved the trophy last year and hopefully will make amends now

  3. elvis parsley 3 months ago

    Barca last 31 homes in cl.
    Won 28 drawn 3 lost 0.
    If klopp doesn’t bottle it and plays to their strength and utilizes their front 3 btts and Barca win for me.
    If he goes for a clean sheet Barca win 1-0.

    • KevinMac 3 months ago

      Hope Klopp goes for it. Think he will

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