Manchester United v Barcelona Betting Tip Draw – 10 April 2019

Share of the spoils at Old Trafford

Champions League Tips

EnglandManchester United v BarcelonaSpain
Wednesday 10th April 2000hrs 
Football – Europe – Champions League
Pick Draw
Bookmaker Marathon Bet
Odds: 11/4 (odds taken 19.15 GMT, Tuesday 9th April)

It promises to be a marvellous occasion at Old Trafford on Wednesday as Manchester United host Barcelona, pitting together two teams synonymous with the Champions League as both teams battle it out for a place in the semi-final.

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Manchester United Preview

After completion of the first legs of the last-16 games, few would have expected Manchester United to be taking their place in the quarter-finals but a remarkable turnaround in Paris ensures that the three-times winners of the Champions League have reached this stage for the first time in five seasons. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has since been given the manager’s job on a permanent basis and although it’s a tough task to get beyond an impressive Barcelona outfit, expectations are such at Old Trafford that they go into every game with the feeling that they can beat anybody. That was the attitude which seen them recover the 2-0 goal first leg defeat against PSG and done so with an injury ravaged squad. Even the most ardent of United supporters would concede that they are behind the top teams in Europe but there’s no doubting the confidence would have increased hugely following the last round. You have to go back to the 2010/11 season for the last time that United made it into the semi-final which illustrates just how much they have struggled in Europe since Sir Alex Ferguson departed as manager. Recent form has been somewhat disappointing domestically for Solskjaer and his players with three defeats in their last five, dropping out the top four and being eliminated from the FA Cup in the process. It places even more significance on these two games against Barca.


Key-Facts – Manchester United v Barcelona

  • This is the first time United have reached this stage since 2013/14
  • Barcelona are looking for their first Champions League success since 2015 and are the only remaining club from La Liga left in
  • The visitors have won just three of their last 12 Champions League away games, drawing five of them


Barcelona Preview

Barcelona all but wrapped up the La Liga title on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid that sees them move 11 points clear with seven games left. It would be their fourth title in five seasons and continue their stranglehold on Spanish football. It would also confirm the first part of what they hope will be a second treble in four seasons. With a place in the Copa Del Rey final locked up, it leaves them to focus on the Champions League – a competition that has eluded them since winning it back in 2015. It’s been disappointment after disappointment in Europe since then, not least because they themselves have struggled to win it, but also because their biggest rivals – Real Madrid – have won the previous there. With that opponent already eliminated it has given further hope to Barca that they rise to the top of European football once again. Lyon were eventually seen off in the previous round and they now have to negotiate a rejuvenated Manchester United team. They approach the first leg on Wednesday in good form, though, with eight wins in their last nine matches and no competitive defeat since the middle of January.

Manchester United v Barcelona Betting Advice

Barcelona have defeated United in two finals in the last 10 seasons and although both have been in the Champions League wilderness in recent years, their reputations and histories are such that they should also be treated with respect. United will have their eyes on a potential semi-final against old foes Liverpool should they make it through whilst Barca are the last remaining club from La Liga left in the Champions League following the elimination of both Madrid clubs in the last round.

Having changed managers halfway through the season and Solskjaer having just two games in charge in this competition, it’s hard to gauge how they will approach this game. The United way is such that they are usually demanded to attack but that would play into the hands of Barcelona. The visitors, however, are not prolific winners on the road in this competition with just three victories in their last 12 attempts. United know they can score away from home, as proven against PSG, and would be advised to keep this first leg tie so they remain in the contest heading to the Nou Camp next week. Barca have drawn five of their last nine away Champions League games and that looks the most likely outcome at Old Trafford.

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