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Barcelona vs Manchester United: Match Preview

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Barcelona will be hosting Manchester United for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-finals at Camp Nou.

The tie is still very much in balance after the first leg which ended 1-0 in Barcelona’s favour thanks to Shaw’s own goal. Lionel Messi provides a brilliant cross for Luis Suarez to head towards goal, which then went into the net after deflecting through Luke Shaw.

Form

Barcelona – WDWWD

Barcelona rested most of their first choice players in the game against Huesca which they drew 0-0. Overall, Barcelona has been in good form in recent weeks. Especially at home, it’s hard to see them losing. Their star strikers Suarez and Messi both are fit for United’s visit and have been pivotal in Barcelona’s recent form.

Manchester United – LWLLW

Manchester United won the game in the weekend but it was much down to errors made by referees and not the team’s performance. They have been in recent weeks and needed two penalties at the weekend to win against West Ham United. They are expected to have a hard time at Camp Nou but they have beaten Juventus and PSG away this season.

Injury/Suspensions

Barcelona

Ernesto Valverde has no fresh injury concern. Only Rafinha will miss out who is a long-term absentee. Lionel Messi has been judged fully fit for the second leg.

Manchester United

Manchester United will be without Ander Herrera who will be out due to injury. Alexis Sanchez is also doubtful for the game. Luke Shaw will be suspended for the Barcelona trip. Matic is reportedly fit for the game.

Probable Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation: 4-3-3

Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suarez, Coutinho.

Manchester United

Formation: 4-3-2-1

De Gea; Dalot, Smalling, Lindelof, Young; McTominay, Matic, Pogba; Lingard; Lukaku, Rashford.

Stadium

Camp Nou, Barcelona

Possible Outcome

Manchester United may have beaten Juventus and PSG away at home but beating Barcelona will be the toughest of the three.

The Catalonian side has one away goal on their side. United will be looking to get their goal and that might open the game up. An open game will favour Messi and co. more and we expect them to score on the counter.

We expect Barcelona winning the match and the tie.

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