Barcelona host Manchester United in the 2nd leg of their Champions League quarter final clash, kicking off at the Camp Nou, at 9:00pm local time in Spain. Barcelona hold a 1-goal advantage from the first leg, but the tie is far from over.

Home Team: Barcelona

Barcelona would have had mixed emotions following their first leg visit to Old Trafford, as they took the win, albeit narrowly, but didn’t perform anywhere near their potential.

I made a comment about their away form in Europe in the latter stages being strikingly bad in recent seasons, and their performance last Wednesday showed why. Having said that, they still scored the game’s only goal, and perhaps was closest to a 2nd with chances missed by Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho. Lionel Messi was quiet in the first leg, which may have been caused by his collision with Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, as he fell to the ground with a broken nose.

Barcelona’s home form is far more impressive, and they haven’t lost a Champions League home match in the latter stages since the 2012/2013 season. They’ll hope to put Manchester United to the sword as they did to Lyon in the previous round, and many other sides along the years. Barcelona rested all of their players in La Liga this weekend, as they drew 0-0 at Huesca.

Away Team: Manchester United

Manchester United would be pleased with their first leg performance, but will feel it’s a huge opportunity missed in terms of getting a valuable result. As Barcelona were uncharacteristically sloppy, Manchester United failed to capitalize and create any meaningful chances. They defended well throughout most of the match, and pressed Barcelona excellently – particularly youngster Scott McTominay earned a man of the match for his club.

However, they didn’t have enough quality in the final third to get a goal. They are huge underdogs to get through now, as they have to travel to arguably the hardest venue in the world and in need of a victory. They’ll hope that their wins at Juventus and PSG will give them some confidence that it is attainable, and hope that fate may be on their side.

Unlike Barcelona, many first teamers played at the weekend against West Ham, as they luckily won 2-1, courtesy of two Paul Pogba penalties. The result was all that they needed, but the performance as lacking. Perhaps they had one eye on this huge encounter.

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Head to Head

As Barcelona won last week, it takes their total victories against Manchester United to 5, and their defeats remaining at 3. All of their defeats to Manchester United have come outside the Nou Camp, so Barcelona will hope to keep that record intact, as it would guarantee them qualification for the semi-finals. On the three previous visits, Manchester United haven’t disappointed their fans too much though, and have only lost once – back in their first ever meeting in 1984.

They met in the group stage in 1998/1999, the season Manchester United won the competition, and played out a fantastic 3-3 draw. Their most recent meeting at the Nou Camp was in 2008 at the semi-final stage, where Cristiano Ronaldo missed an early penalty in a game as it finished 0-0. Manchester United also went on to win the competition that season.

Barcelona vs Manchester United Predictions and Betting Tips

Barcelona are 2/5 favourites to win on the night, with Manchester United at 6/1, and a draw priced at 4/1. To qualify, Barcelona are at 1/12, with Manchester United at 6/1. Manchester United will hope it’s written in the stars for them to win at the Nou Camp 20 years on under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but I feel that their journey will finish here instead. Barcelona have been terrific on home soil, and Lionel Messi just doesn’t have two quiet games in a row.

I expect Barcelona to win comfortably in a 3-1 score line, priced at 10/1. To boost odds even further, pick Messi to score first in that result in a Scorecast, at 18/1. Romelu Lukaku is perhaps the most likely scorer for Manchester United, so you can back him, and Lionel Messi to hit the back of the net at 9/2. To add further value for a Barcelona win, you can back them to win both halves (15/8), to win by an exact 2-goal margin (10/3), or to win from behind at 8/1.

Finally, if you believe that Manchester United will get over the line again, and you wouldn’t be a fool after what happened in Paris, then you can back them to win 2-1, to go through on away goals, at a reasonable 22/1.

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