UEFA Champions League has come to its ending phase. We have two more matches in the semifinals. The final match that will be played at Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on June 1.
On second leg UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, we have a match between Liverpool and FC Barcelona. FC Barcelona comes in with a 3-0 advantage from their first encounter from last week. Lionel Messi scored two goals (one of them was the brilliant free-kick goal). The other goal was scored by Luis Suarez, the former player of Liverpool.
On Wednesday there is going to be a match between Ajax and Tottenham, where Ajax has to defend 1-0 from England.
Like we all know, FC Barcelona won their National League, one of the most interesting leagues in the world, Spanish La Liga. They secured it 10 days ago when they won against Levante with 1-0. They left their contenders for the title Atletico Madrid almost 10 points behind. Real Madrid is 15 points behind for now, and there are two more matches to play in La Liga.
On the other hand, we have a real fight for the first place in England. That’s between Klopp’s Liverpool (94 points, 1 game left) and Guardiola’s Manchester City (92 points, 2 games left). Both teams are on a winning streak. The race will be intense to the last fixture, that will be played next weekend.
On Saturday, Jurgen Klopp was left without another superstar player (he previously lost Roberto Firmino) in the top goal scorer of England Premier League, Mohamed Salah, after Salah collided with goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the 73rd minute. The match was stopped for a lengthy period as the forward was treated on the pitch. He was applauded by both sets of supporters as he departed the field.
Jurgen Klopp confirmed today that he is going to play against FC Barcelona without Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, while FC Barcelona rested most of their most valuable players’ last fixture against Celta Vigo, and they are going on Liverpool in full strength and power.
FC Barcelona Heavy Favorite
Liverpool is unbeaten in 19 home matches in all competitions (W16 D3 L0). They have won their last six on the spin, scoring 20 in that time. They have a double fight, one in the Premier League for the title. Their other fight is in the Champions League, where they’re chasing their second final in a row.
Lionel Messi scored 12 Champions League goals for Barcelona this season. That’s just two off of his best result ever in a single season (14 in 2011-12). His second against the Reds was his 600th club goal.
FC Barcelona secured the No. 1 spot in La Liga, and they are fully in Champions League, the competition they didn’t qualify in finals since 2014-2015 where they won against Juventus with a 3-1 score in Berlin. Maybe that is going to be their biggest motivation.
Without their two main stars, Liverpool doesn’t have a great chance to win against this FC Barcelona, with Lionel Messi in fine form, and the rest of the team supporting him. We should recommend betting on both teams to score is one of the most secure bets on this match. Liverpool is going to have a hot start, where they will be chasing an opening goal, which would give them a slight hope that they can assure one of the biggest comebacks in this competition.