Barcelona have a 1-0 lead over Manchester United as the teams head into the second leg of their Uefa Champions League quarter final clash which takes place at Camp Nou on Tuesday night.
Note, odds quoted are correct at the time of writing but are subject to change.
Barca won the first leg at Old Trafford last week courtesy of a 12th minute own goal from Luke Shaw. They weren’t overly dominant but they kept a clean sheet and will be very satisfied with how the tie stands. In the previous round Barca drew the first leg away to Lyon 0-0 and finished the job in some style on home turf with a 5-1 victory.
In their group stage home games they beat PSV 4-0 and Inter 2-0 before a 1-1 draw with Spurs when they were already assured to top spot.
In La Liga Barca played out a 0-0 draw away to bottom of the table Huesca on Saturday but they still hold a 9 point lead over Atletico at the top the standings with 6 rounds of matches to go.
The winner of this tie will face either Liverpool or Porto in the semi finals
United will look to the previous round of this competition for encouragement. In the first leg of the Round of 16 they lost 2-0 at home to PSG and also had Pogba sent off in the closing moments of that game where they managed just the 1 shot on target. However they won the second leg 3-1 in Paris despite a lengthy injury list at the time, a result which no doubt played a big part Solksjaer in being appointed coach on a permanent basis.
In the group stage United won 2-1 win against Juventus in Turin. They also won 3-0 away at Young Boys but lost 2-1 in Valencia.
In the Premier League United were 2-1 winners at home to West Ham on Saturday but they remain in fifth place and with work to do to seal a top 4 finish and guarantee Champions League football next season.
2nd Leg Selected Betting Markets
Top Scorers (UCL Only)
Messi has scored 8 Champions League goals for Barca this season and Dembele has 3
Lukaku, Pogba and Rashford have all scored 2 goals for United in the Champions League this season.
Recent Head to Head
Aside from last week’s first leg the previous competitive meeting came in the final of 2011 at Wembley Stadium and Barcelona won it 3-1. Prior to that they also met in the 2009 final and Barca were 2-0 winners.
I didn’t give United much chance in Paris in the previous round when they pulled off a major surprise and with a win at Juve in the group stage under their belts they will feel they are not out of this yet. However I fancy Barca will find their way through more than once and regardless of the final score I go with the home side to register a goal in both halves of football.
Bet: Home team to score in both halves? (yes) at 0.92/1
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