Kick-off: 2000, 10/04/2019
Stadium: Old Trafford
TV: BT Sport
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What Trueform says for Man Utd vs Barcelona
Manchester United pulled off a minor miracle when winning at PSG in the Champions League but we fear Barcelona will bring them back down to earth.
The Catalan giants have already enjoyed one successful trip to England this season, when beating Tottenham 4-2 at Wembley during the group stage.
Getting 6/5 for Lionel Messi and Co to also light up Old Trafford is rated a gift in our opening Man Utd vs Barcelona prediction.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
United laboured through their pool when Jose Mourinho was in charge, losing to Juventus at this venue but gaining revenge in Turin thanks to a late rally.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival rejuvenated the Red Devils, before PSG handed him his first defeat at the theatre of dreams in what seemed a reality check at that time.
The return fixture will go down in United folklore, with Romelu Lukaku’s double and a last-gasp Marcus Rashford penalty proving enough to send the three-time European champions through.
However, we do feel they were a touch flattered by that backs-to-the-wall performance, riding their luck at times in defence and catching PSG off-guard on the counter-attack.
There is enough pace and power in this team going forward to trouble Barca, but the visitors are expected to dominate possession and prove too classy.
A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds
Barcelona cruised through a tough pool which also featured Inter Milan and PSV Eindhoven before seeing off Lyon at the last-16 stage.
A goalless draw in France did give Les Gones hope of an upset, but the Catalan giants came through the second leg at Camp Nou with flying colours.
Messi bagged a brace, while Philippe Coutinho, Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele also netted in an emphatic 5-1 romp.
Barca have suffered at this venue in the past, going down 3-0 to a Bryan Robson-inspired United way back in 1984 and losing out to a Paul Scholes strike in 2008.
However, they beat the Red Devils in the 2009 and 2011 finals and can call on several players with experience of playing here.
Pique was a trainee at Old Trafford, while former Liverpool stars Luis Suarez and Coutinho will be fired up for facing their former club’s arch-rivals.
They can help lay the platform for Messi to work his magic and 4/1 for the visitors to prevail 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 completes our Man Utd vs Barcelona betting tips.
Last Champions League result:
PSG 1-3 MAN UTD – Romelu Lukaku (2), Marcus Rashford
BARCELONA 5-1 Lyon – Lionel Messi (2), Philippe Coutinho, Gerard Pique, Ousmane Dembele
Head-to-head: Barcelona 3-1 Man Utd, Barcelona 2-0 Man Utd, Man Utd 1-0 Barcelona, Barcelona 0-0 Man Utd, Barcelona 3-3 Man Utd, Man Utd 3-3 Barcelona
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