Champions League Prediction: Can Man U Pull Off A Miracle against Barca?

Manchester United will be in all-out desperation mode when they take on Lionel Messi and Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinals showdown on Tuesday evening. Can Man U. get the upset or will Messi and Barca take care of business to take the next step toward becoming UCL champions?  Make sure you join today and get into our 2019 Soccer Betting Championship league.  It’s free to enter and you get 50,000 points to bet on all the games all season long.  Winner gets cash!  Here’s what you need to know about the big game today.   Let’s get to today’s Champions League prediction so you have what you need to bet today. 
  • When: Tuesday, April 16 at 3:00 PM ET
  • Where: Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Soccer Odds: Manchester United +757/Draw +438/Barcelona -291

Why Bet On Manchester United

Manchester United is desperate as they enter this match and need a small miracle if they are going to reach the Champions League semifinals. Manchester United got past West Ham in their English Premier League matchup on Saturday as Paul Pogba struck twice to lead the way to victory. Man U also pulled off a stunning upset a 3-1 upset over French giant PSG that would suggest they can play with anyone.

Form Last 5

  • L – 1-2 vs Wolverhampton
  • W – 2-1 vs Watford
  • L – 1-2 vs Wolverhampton
  • L – 0-1 vs Barcelona
  • W – 2-1 vs West Ham

Expected Line-Up

  • David de Gea
  • Dalot
  • Chris Smalling
  • Victor Lindelof
  • Ashley Young
  • Scott McTominay
  • Fred, Paul Pogba
  • Jesse Lingard
  • Romelu Lukaku
  • Marcus Rashford

Why Bet On Barcelona

Barcelona comes into this match off a goalless draw against Huesca on Saturday so they’ll be highly motivated in this one. Barca did get past Manchester United 1-0 in the first leg of their quarterfinals showdown on Wednesday as Luke Shaw’s own goal gave them a 1-0 first-leg victory at Old Trafford last week. Shaw deflected a Luis Suarez header into his own net after 12 minutes. Still, Barca extended their stupendous unbeaten streak to eighteen competitive matches. Not only that, but Barcelona’s first win at Old Trafford in European competition was basically a one-sided beating, seeing as how keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen never faced a single shot on goal.

Form Last 5

  • W – 2-0 vs Espanyol
  • D – 4-4 vs Villareal
  • W – 2-0 vs Atletico Madrid
  • W – 1-0 vs Manchester United
  • D – 0-0 vs Huesca

Expected Line-Up

  • Marc-Andre ter Stegen
  • Semedo
  • Pique
  • Lenglet
  • Alba
  • Busquets
  • Sergi Roberto
  • Ivan Rakitic
  • Arthur Melo
  • Messi
  • Suarez

The Prediction

While Manchester manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his team’s attacking players have a legitimate chance to challenge Barcelona in this match, I don’t believe that’s the case, particularly with Lionel Messi back on the pitch for this affair after he sat out the previous meeting.  Barcelona is the better team at both ends of the pitch and that’s why they’ll win and win by at least two goals.

Pick: A hard fought battle but in the end: Barcelona 3 Manchester United 1

Simon Collins is a senior Soccer analyst for  Check our Soccer Betting blog often for the latest analysis, insights, and predictions.

(Update.  Barcelona wins 3-0)


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