Two giants of world football collide on Tuesday night as Manchester United and Barcelona lock horns at Old Trafford in their Champions League quart-final first leg tie. Lionel Messi is injured for this match. Sorry United fans, I’m just kidding. Can De Gea and co. keep the best player ever to grace the game quiet? I think we may already know the answer to this…
Manchester United vs Barcelona – Champions League Quarter-Final 18/19
Where to Watch
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: 10 April 2019
Kick Off Time: 20:00 BST
Referee in Charge: Gianluca Rocchi from Italy
TV Channel / Live Stream: You can watch the match live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD. Live streaming is also available on the BT Sport app on your mobile or tablet device if you’re on the go during the game.
Man Utd vs Barcelona – Form Guide
Manchester United head into this one on the back of a 2-1 defeat away at Wolves. In fact, it’s three defeats in the last four games for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. Ole’s at the wheel but are those wheels starting to fall off? Michael Owen would probably stay motionless in his seat if United won this 4-0, but there’s little chance of that so he should be fine. He got a lot of stick for not celebrating when United saw off PSG, so we’ll see what he does in the BT Sport studio this time around.
United beat Wednesday’s opponent’s 1-0 when they last visited Old Trafford, but the Spanish side are currently enjoying a 16 match unbeaten run, so it’s not going to be easy to get a positive result against arguably the best team in the world. Let’s not forget that they also lost 2-0 at home to PSG in the previous round. If they lose by the same scoreline here, you’d have to think it’s game over.
Barcelona have lost just once since January. One bit of encouragement for the home side, though, is that the side from Catalunya conceded four goals in the last trip away from the Nou Camp. Roma have also handed out a hammering to them within the last year too.
If Lionel Messi’s on form, then Barcelona generally win. If United want to get a positive result on Wednesday night, he needs to be stopped by any means possible. Within the rules of the game of course.
Team News and Predicted Line-ups
Marcus Rashford has given his United teammates and fans a welcomed boost. He’s returned to training after missing the Wolves defeat with an ankle knock. Other than that, it’s as you were from last week’s trip to Molineux.
Barca coach Ernesto Valverde expects Ousmane Dembele to win his fitness race to at least make the bench on Wednesday. Thomas Vermaelen and Rafinha remain absent due to injury.
Manchester United Predicted XI: De Gea, Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw, Pogba, Herrera, Fred, Lingard, Rashford, Lukaku.
Barcelona Predicted XI: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Umtiti, Pique, Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Arthur, Malcom, Messi, Suarez.
Latest Match Odds
Barcelona are favourites to come away from Old Trafford with the upper hand at odds of 21/20. Manchester United have been priced up by the bookmakers at around 3/1, with the draw available at 11/4.
2-2. It’s tough to predict a scoreline as it will all depend on if Messi turns up or not. If he is on top of his game, I fully expect the away side to run away with it. If United can contain him, they should be able to cause problems of their own and get a positive result. If Villarreal can score four against Barca, United can score too. I think they will share the spoils.
Both teams to score is pretty short, which suggests the bookies expect both teams to score here. With that in mind, I’m going for the slightly more generous odds on the over 2.5 goals selection at 3/4. I expect plenty of chances, and although both goalkeepers are world class, so too are the strikers.
Match Stats & Facts
- Barcelona are unbeaten in their last eight Champions League matches.
- The Spanish side lost 1-0 on their last visit to Old Trafford courtesy of a Paul Scholes goal.
- Man Utd have lost three of their last four matches in all competitions.
- Barca are unbeaten in 16 games in all competitions.
- Leo Messi has scored 13 goals and assisted four in his last 10 games.