The Nous camp is the venue for first-leg of the Champions League clash between Barcelona and Liverpool (Wednesday 1 May, 8.00). It’s a match that promises to be a thriller as two of the most exciting sides in Europe go head to head for a place in the Champions League Final.
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Barcelona were crowned La Liga Champions after a 1-0 win over Levante at the weekend and they can now concentrate their efforts on winning the Champions League.
They are unbeaten since January and have won 13 and drawn two of their last 15 games in all competitions, a run which also includes eight consecutive home wins.
They’ve also been ruthless at home so far in the Champions League, beating Inter 2-1, PSV 4-0, Lyon 5-1, and Manchester United 3-0. They’ve only slight slip was a 1-1 draw with fellow semi-finalists Tottenham, but Barcelona had wrapped-up their qualifying group by that point.
Liverpool are still embroiled in a fight to the death with Manchester City for the English Premier League title, which meant that Jurgen Klopp chose not to rest the likes Salah and Mane against Huddersfield on Saturday. However, that could prove to be a wise move as both players will arrive in a confident move after scoring twice. Indeed, the whole Liverpool team should be ready to rock and roll after 10 straight wins.
Liverpool may not have been as impressive as Barcelona during their Champions League qualifying group, losing all three away matches, but they’ve found another gear away from home in the last two rounds, beating Bayern Munich 3-1 in Germany and Porto 4-1 in Portugal.
Barcelona vs Liverpool Head To Heads
The two teams met six times between 2001 and 2007 and, though those matches may have no relevance on this tie, two wins each and two draws are another reason to think this tie could go either way.
Barcelona vs Liverpool Team News
Neither team have to worry about suspensions for the first-leg of the Champions League Semi-Final as all yellow cards have been wiped out after the quarter-final.
Messi is likely to return to Barcelona’s starting line-up after coming off the bench to score the winner against Levante on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Spanish giants are keeping it quiet if they have any injury worries ahead of Wednesday’s big game.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is being more open, claiming Roberto “Bobby” Firmino is set to play a part after recovering from a slight muscle tear that kept him out of the Liverpool match at the weekend. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin and Fabinho are also set to travel to Spain.
However, rumours are rife that Mo Salah picked up a knock in training, and only time will tell if this is simply the Liverpool camp playing mind games.
Barcelona vs Liverpool Verdict
If Barcelona’s last two home games and Liverpool’s last two away games in the Champions League are anything to go by, this should be a thriller. Barcelona have won those two games 3-0 and 5-1, whilst Liverpool won 3-1 and 4-1.
However, it’s worth pointing out that these were the second-legs in all those ties, and the first-legs indicate a very different mindset. Liverpool fought out a 0-0 draw at home against Bayern Munich and also chose not to press home a 2-0 advantage over Porto.
Meanwhile, Barcelona drew 0-0 in Lyon and again kept things tight in a 1-0 win at Old Trafford. They’ve also been quite defensive in their last two matches, perhaps intentionally in preparation for this game.
That’s why, purely from a value point-of-view, odds-against for there to be less than 2.5 goals could be the way to go in this match.
If there’s a bit of value to be had in the first goalscorer market, it could be Virgil Van Dijk. The defender has scored in both away games against Bayern Munich and Porto and he could make his mark at a set-piece if this is a tight game.