Liverpool vs Barcelona predictions and betting tips for the Champions League semi-final second leg taking place tonight at Anfield. Barca hold a 3-0 lead following the first leg last weekend, but could we see another famous European night at Anfield?
Kick-off time: 8pm
Date: Tuesday 7th May 2019
First leg score: Liverpool 0-3 Barcelona
Jurgen Klopp’s side have the proverbial mountain to climb tonight, and things have not been made any easier by the news that Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino will miss the match due to injury. Salah was injured in the 3-2 win over Newcastle at the weekend and his concussion means ha cannot play in this game. Firmino has been struggling with a knock and hasn’t shook it off in time.
This news only makes and already difficult task even harder tonight and the bookies have Liverpool priced at 18/1 (bet365) to book their place in the final.
They created chances against Barcelona at the Camp Nou last week and should have got at least one away goal, with Salah and Milner both missing very good chances, however, the show was stolen by Lionel Messi once again. He scored twice but the match will be remembered for his remarkable free-kick to give Barca a 3-0 lead.
For tonight’s game, goals are predicted because if Barcelona get an away goal Liverpool will know they need to score five. It looks like a hopeless task but one or two early Liverpool goals (and we’ve seen that before), will mean Barca have to go out and get the away goal. The problem for Liverpool is that their attacking play tonight will play right into Barcelona’s hands, so we could have a goalfest on our hands. With that in mind, the first of tonight’s Liverpool vs Barcelona predictions is for over 3.5 goals to be scored in the match at odds of 13/8 with Unibet.
For an anytime goalscorer tip tonight, we’re not as spoilt for choice as we usually are when Liverpool play, however Salah and Firmino are likely to be replaced in the Liverpool starting 11 by either Origi or Sturridge and Shaqiri. There will still be goals in their side but as with last week’s winning betting tip, Lionel Messi is the obvious choice here and you can get the best odds of 6/5 with Betfred on him scoring at Anfield.
For the last of tonight’s Liverpool vs Barcelona predictions, we’re going for a correct score and following the earlier bet of over 3.5 goals, we like the look of a 2-2 draw here. Liverpool know they need to score three at least and so cannot afford to sit back, but Barca are prone to the odd upset away from home and don’t have a great away record in the Champions League knock-out stages.
Last season they were 4-1 up after the first leg against Roma but lost 3-0 in Italy to lose on away goals. Liverpool need the same result tonight but with Barca knowing an away goal would pretty much kill the tie, they will probably set up to counter attack with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. Dembele could play for his pace or Coutinho could be replaced with a better defensive player such as Semedo. Liverpool will suffer greatly for the loss of Salah and Firmino and that could ultimately be the difference between a place in the final and Madrid and not.
The last of tonight’s Liverpool vs Barca betting tips is for the final score to be 2-2.
Liverpool to win – 6/4
Draw – 29/10
Barcelona to win – 17/10