In arguably the tie of the round, Manchester United welcome Barcelona to Old Trafford, as they meet in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final clash. The match will kick off on Wednesday night, at 8:00pm local time.

Home Team: Manchester United

Manchester United managed to qualify for this stage by staging an unbelievable comeback against PSG in the previous round, as a make-shift team managed to overturn a 2-0 deficit, and win 3-1 away in Paris to go through on the away goals rule. Their reward, was to meet the 2nd favourites in the competition – Barcelona. Manchester United’s season turned around following the departure of Jose Mourinho, but they have been in bad form of late, losing three of their last 5 matches. Elimination in the FA Cup, followed by league defeats to Wolves and Arsenal has left their top four hopes in serious danger.

Therefore, this Champions League tie will hope to lift them, as it’s one of the biggest matches at Old Trafford for quite some time. Aside from former Barcelona attacker Alexis Sanches, Manchester United have a relatively available squad to choose from for this match, and have had 8 days to prepare for it. They’ll need to re-create the magic of Paris, and of former Manchester United teams, as they hope to get some advantage before they travel to the Nou Camp just 6 days later.

Away Team: Barcelona

Barcelona are going for another treble this season, with the domestic double looking nearly certain. A final against Valencia in the Copa Del Rey will secure a double, with the league almost win as they defeated 10-men Atletico Madrid this past Saturday night. Luis Suarez and the peerless Lionel Messi scored the goals to give this Barcelona side another win. Barcelona raise their game even more for the tough fixtures, as they have already boasted many wins against Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Lyon, Tottenham, Sevilla, and others already this season.

Lionel Messi has always been incredible throughout his career, but the form of the last couple of months may be some of his best ever yet, including many great goals, assists and even a panenka free-kick. He will be desperate to secure another Champions League medal, and he’ll be desperate to get another goal against Manchester United in his career.

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Head to Head

The sides have met 11 times in their history, with both teams claiming momentous victories against each other in the past. Barcelona have won four matches, with Manchester United winning three – with there being three draws. Their first meeting in 1984 was a classic, as Barcelona won the first leg 2-0, but it was overturned in Manchester just a few weeks later as they won 3-0. The sides met in the Champions League group stage twice in 1994, and 1998, with their being three draws and one win for Barcelona.

In recent meetings, Manchester United defeated Barcelona 1-0 over two legs in the 2007/2008 season, as a Paul Scholes was enough to send them to the final, which they eventually had won. The sides also met in the Champions League final in 2009, and 2011, with Barcelona triumphant on both occasions, winning 2-0 and 3-1 – Lionel Messi scoring in both finals.

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Predictions and Betting Tips Manchester United vs Barcelona

bet now betting on footballManchester United are at 5/2 to win on Wednesday, with Barcelona at 1/1. For the sides to finish the game all square, that is priced at 13/5. To qualify, Manchester United are at 3/1, with Barcelona at 2/9. I don’t expect Manchester United to qualify, but many will anticipate them getting a draw or a victory here. Manchester United have struggled at home in the Champions League in recent seasons, but let’s not forget that Barcelona have struggled away in Europe in the past few seasons, too. Something will have to give, but I am going to go for a 2-2 draw, priced at 12/1.

Lionel Messi looks set to score at any time in the match at 4/5, and is at 6/1 to get a brace. For the hosts, Romelu Lukaku may start, and will be the biggest threat for the hosts, and is at 11/5 to score at any time. Let’s hope we have many goals to enjoy, so backing there to be more than 3.5 goals at 7/4 should be considered. Finally, for the tipsters, I wouldn’t rule out one side taking the lead, but going on to lose the match, so you can back on either side to win from behind at generous odds – Manchester United at 16/1, or Barcelona at 10/1.

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