Liverpool v Barcelona Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 07/05/19
Tom Love (@TomLove_18) previews Liverpool v Barcelona and provides us with his best bets for Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second-leg clash by analysing team news, potential line ups, head to head, key stats, facts and more.
- Profit & Loss: -5.3pts
Liverpool v Barcelona Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 07/05/19
- Time: 20:00pm
- Venue: Anfield
- Channel: BT Sport
It will be a minor miracle if Liverpool can overturn the 3-0 deficit they have in order to progress to the Champions league final.
They will have to do without two of their front three as Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah have been ruled out by Jurgen Klopp. It makes their task even greater and the 16/1 quotes on the Red Men to reach the final show how much of a task they have on their hands.
The Merseyside club didn’t disgrace themselves in the Nou Camp but were undone by some genius play by the Blaugrana and their complacency up front means they didn’t manage to get a decisive away goal. They simply have to go for it here and they’re rated as slight favourites in the win-draw-win markets to do so.
Barca recently won the La Liga title and we’re therefore able to rest their key players in the weekend loss at Celta Vigo. They’ll need to be solid defensively here but you’d think if they can get on the scoresheet then it’s tie done and dusted. So it will be interesting to see if Ernesto Valverde sets his troops up to attack and kill the game off early or if they will sit deep and try and protect their lead.
As well as Salah and Firmino’s absence, Liverpool are without Naby Keita and Adam Lallana.
Barcelona have just the two injuries with utility man Rafinha and Ousmane Dembele ruled out.
Potential Liverpool Starting XI: Allison, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Fabinho, Mane, Shaqiri, Origi.
Potential Barcelona Starting XI: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Roberto, Vidal, Busquets, Rakitic, Suarez, Messi.
Key Stats & Facts
- Last weekends loss to Vigo was Barcelona’s first away from home in 12 games.
- Liverpool are unbeaten at home all season.
- Liverpool – 31/20
- Draw – 11/4
- Barcelona – 9/5
The fact Liverpool have to go for this means it could be an entertaining encounter and given their home record and Barca’s questionable away record in the knockout stages of this competition I could understand punters going for the home side here.
Equally many will have seen the gulf in class between the pair last week and see Barca as a good thing at 9/5. Instead I’m going to side with both teams.
We can back ‘Both Score No Draw’ at 5/4 with William Hill and that gives us a bigger scope of interest. This bet requires both teams to score and either team to win and it ticks the boxes given the tie dynamics.
Barca know they can lose and still go through but they could pick off Liverpool on the break as the Reds push forward. With BTTS as short as 1/2 it looks worth pushing the draw out of the equation and boosting that to the 5/4 that’s been quoted. The same bet is evens elsewhere.