An abundance of attacking talent will be on display and this could well be one for the ages as Liverpool travel to Barcelona for the first leg of this mouthwatering tie.
Qualification for the semi-finals was relatively simple for both sides with Liverpool dispatching Porto 6-1 on aggregate, while Barcelona overwhelmed a much-hyped Manchester United side winning the tie 4-0 against a disappointing Red Devils team.
Against Levante at the weekend, the home side had one eye on the European tie, placing Lionel Messi on the bench. In truly poetic fashion, the Argentine was brought on and just happened to score the title-clinching goal with three games left to play.
With their 26th La Liga title secured, Barcelona will switch focus to the Champions League to add to the title and the Copa del Rey they have already won this season.
Liverpool have arguably provided as much entertaining football as Barcelona this season, but for all their dominance, they could well end the campaign trophy-less. With City controlling the destiny of the Premier League, the Champions League represents the final opportunity for silverware.
They arrive at the Nou Camp on top form, having won their last 10 matches in all competitions, including fine wins against Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Spurs, culminating with a 5-0 victory over Huddersfield at the weekend. Defence has been key, conceding only seven times in the last 10, and newly crowned PFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk has been vital to their success.
GIVEMEBET breaks down the match-up:
- Barcelona are currently on a home streak of 31 games unbeaten in the Champions League, consisting of 28 victories and only three draws. This season they have won all but one home match in the competition, notching 15 goals in the process. During Liverpool’s current win streak, they have scored 29 goals and found the net a combined seven times in their Champions League knockout away matches. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is 1/1.
- During the competition, the hosts have scored a goal in the first half of every home match and in four of the five matches they have scored in both halves. Barcelona to score in both halves is 33/10.
- Luis Suarez faces his old side and will be looking to get on the score sheet. The Uruguayan may be Barca’s second leading scorer in the league with 21 goals, but surprisingly hasn’t scored in the Champions League this season and what better time to get off the mark? Suarez to score and Barcelona to win - was 15/8, NOW 9/2.
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