Barcelona vs Liverpool Preview, Predictions, Lineups, Team News 1

Barcelona vs Liverpool
Champions League, Europe
Date: Wednesday, 1st May 2019
Kick off at: 19.00 GMT
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain

An exciting battle set to entertain football fans as Barcelona face Liverpool on Wednesday. Playing the Champions League first leg semi final at home, Blaugrana are keen on getting a win over The Reds.

Barcelona vs Liverpool Possible Lineups

Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they gear themselves for this Champions League semi final first leg clash.  Let’s take a look at the probable lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them getting a precious win.

Barcelona

Expected Formation: 4-3-3

Probable Lineups: Ter Stegen(g);Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba(def);Busquets, Arthur, Rakitic(mid);Messi, Suarez, Coutinho(att).

Liverpool

Expected Formation: 4-3-3

Probable Lineups: Alisson(g);Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson(def);Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner(mid);Salah, Firmino, Mane(att).

Recent Form

Before going into this midweek Champions League tie, both teams have been involved in other games. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have an idea about their current form.

Barcelona

Recent form in all competition (last five matches): DWWWW

Blaugrana have been in an exciting form of late winning four and only drawing one of their last five. Ernesto Valverde’s side themselves also managed to secure their La Liga title last weekend after beating Levante 1-0.

Barca will give their focus and concentration for this midweek tie as they target a win over The Reds. It won’t be an easy task, but the La Liga giant are prepare to give their all.

Liverpool

Recent form in all competition (last five matches) : WWWWW

Jurgen Klopp’s side can’t seem to stop their positive run going at the moment. The Reds have been picking up nothing but victories ever since their goalless draw against Everton on March 3, 2019.

The Reds also won their latest league match, destroying Huddersfield 5-0. That big win could give a positive morale boost ahead of their difficult match against Barca.

Team News

Barcelona

Valverde doesn’t have too many absentee for Wednesday aside from Rafinha who is out until the end of season. Gerard Pique and Lenglet will be marshalling Blaugrana’s back line as usual.

Philippe Coutinho could get a starting role, considering his knowledge over Liverpool’s game. Lionel Messi remain Barca’s key player and the man who can decide everything for them.

Liverpool

Klopp has a bit more concern with injuries as Adam Lallana, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino conditions are uncertain. However, they might be fit enough to take part for the midweek match.

Firmino will certainly be key for The Reds as his combination with Salah and Mande are their main threat. Liverpool fans are also hoping that Alisson can continue his fine form to stop Barca’s offensive players.

Head to Head Records:

The last five meetings between both teams have surprisingly went into Liverpool’s favor with three wins, one draw and one defeat.

Their last match up in Champions League at Camp Nou was back on February 22, 2007 which was won by The Reds 2-1.

Match Prediction

Barca will be keen on maintaining their excellent home record in the competition by beating their opponent. Messi should once again be the key figure for Blaugrana in their attempt to break down Liverpool’s defense.

The Reds won’t go down easily though as they have shown their excellent qualities in the competition. Barca are slightly favorite to win, but if they’re not careful, The Reds can shocked them.

Final Score: 2-0

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