REPETITION OF THE FINAL FROM 2011. Barcelona and Manchester United met for the last time during the Champions League final in 2011, then the Catalans won 3: 1 at Wembley. Manchester United in unusual circumstances eliminated the PSG, but in the quarterfinals the Red Devils task is waiting, perhaps even more difficult – this time their rival will be Barcelona. The Catalans come to Old Trafford after they defeated Atletico Madrid on Saturday and practically got the title of Spanish champion. Now they want to score goals in England that will calmly allow them to expect a rematch at Camp Nou. Can Manchester United stop Barcelona?
- Manchester United – contenders are Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly and Alexis Sanchez. The participation of Nemanja Matica and Ander Herrera is uncertain. Marcus Rashford should be ready to play. In the 1/8 finals Manchester United lost the first match against PSG at Old Trafford 0: 2 and nobody gave the Red Devils a chance to go up. However, in the Park of the Dukes a miracle occurred, the Red Devils won there 3: 1 and they play in the quarterfinals. This is Manchester United’s first move to this stage in the Champions League from the 2013/14 season, when they dropped out after competing with Bayern Munich.
- Barcelona – Rafinha is injured. Ousmane Dembele should be ready to play. Barcelona in the last 20 quarter-finals, 14 times advanced to the semi-final, six times dropped out at this stage of the competition. However, this balance is much worse in recent years – for the last six seasons, Barca lost the competition five times in the quarterfinals. Last season she suffered a defeat in Rome, losing to AS Roma 1: 4. She is doing great with English clubs – she lost only once in the last 13 games, with 8 wins and 4 draws. Barcelona for the twelfth time in a row was promoted to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Forecast: This will be the number 12 match between these clubs in European cups. The balance of these meetings is slightly better for Barcelona – 4W 4R 3P. Manchester United have never lost against Barcelona – 2 wins and 2 draws. The results of Manchester United at Old Trafford in European Cups are not lately delightful. In the group stage of The Red Devils they defeated only Young Boys, lost to Juventus and drew 0-0 with Valencia, in 1/8 they lost to PSG. On the other hand, it should be noted that Barcelona has not won any of the last 6 away games in the knockout phase of the Champions League. However, at Old Trafford, the Catalans go armed with a series of 16 matches without a defeat. Manchester United has recently lost momentum, their performances are not as spectacular as at the beginning of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s term. I think that Barcelona will find a way to expose the weaknesses of the Red Devils. I also think that United will start this match very carefully with a keynote – do not lose the goal at home. Proposed bets: Barcelona’s victory – odds 2.02 / first goal after 27 minutes – odds 2.16.