Liverpool vs Barcelona 2019 UEFA Champions League Odds & Prediction

Posted by Derrick Harper on May 6, 2019 in

Barcelona is just 90 minutes away from the Champions League finals after last week’s 3-0 win over Liverpool in the first leg. However, Liverpool is favored for the return leg at Anfield Tuesday with a money line of +104. Barcelona is listed at +209 with a draw set at +269.

At the moment, the only thing that can stop Barcelona appears to be Barcelona. With a heavily-rotated squad taking the field over the weekend, the Catalan giants lost to Celta Vigo 2-0. However, Barcelona has already locked up the La Liga title, enabling them to put all of their focus on the second leg against Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Liverpool is still fighting to win a Premier League title. The Reds survived a tough game with Newcastle over the weekend, winning 3-2 to stay alive in the title hunt. But as they prepare to face Barcelona with a 3-0 deficit in the aggregate, Liverpool must keep an eye toward a weekend date with Wolverhampton that could decide the Premier League title.

Liverpool vs Barcelona 2019 UEFA Champions League Odds & Prediction

Fight or Flight

With a chance to win their first league title since 1990, no one would blame Liverpool for conceding to Barcelona after losing 3-0 and focusing on the end of the Premier League season. However, all of the comments from Liverpool players in the lead up to the game indicate that the Reds are going to fight to get back to the Champions League final for the second straight season. With the Anfield crowd behind them, Jurgen Klopp’s team is not to be overlooked.

The problem for Liverpool is that they’ll be a little short-handed for the second leg. Both Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino have been ruled out for Tuesday’s game. The status of Mohammed Salah is also up in the air after he suffered a head injury over the weekend. Even if Liverpool leave everything on the field over 90 minutes, scoring at least three goals without Firmino and Salah on the field is a tall task, as likely replacements Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi are a little unreliable when it comes to scoring goals.

In a Flash

With three goals in their back pocket, Barcelona knows that they don’t have to push for any more goals, at least until Liverpool scores at least once. The Spanish side knows they don’t have to push forward and leave themselves exposed at the back. Barcelona also has the ability to play keep away with the ball with long spells of possession. Even if they don’t threaten Liverpool’s goal, this tactic can help take the Anfield crowd out of the game.

On top of that, Barcelona is also a dangerous team on the counterattack. At some point, Liverpool will have to push forward and take chances, leaving plenty of room for the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez on the counter. It only takes one opportunity for players like Messi and Suarez to finish, and one goal from the Spanish giants would mean Liverpool needs five goals to advance, a scenario that’s impossible to fathom.

A Little Credit

With a desperate approach and the crowd behind them, Liverpool should ultimately find a way to score a goal or two. But overcoming the 3-0 deficit they face after the first leg is asking too much. Bet on Liverpool to win the second leg at home but Barcelona to advance to the Champions League finals.

Best of luck with your Liverpool vs Barcelona bets this week!