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BAR vs MUN | Barcelona vs Manchester United – Match Preview

Match Details

Barcelona vs Manchester United – UEFA Champions League

17th April, 00:30 IST

Camp Nou, Barcelona

 

Form:

Manchester United: L W L L W

Barcelona: W D W W D

 

Please Note: Changes will be made to this article approximately 50-55 mins before the deadline. The article will be updated with the confirmed lineups and the revised combined XI when the official starting lineups are released by both the teams.

 

Preview:

A confidence-sapped Manchester United side will be hoping to upset the odds when they battle it out with Spanish giants FC Barcelona at the iconic Camp Nou stadium in a monumental encounter in the UEFA Champions League tonight.  

In the first leg, Barcelona produced an insipid display at Old Trafford but still come away with a precious 1-0 win thanks to a Luke Shaw own goal.

Both these clubs have played out classics in the past 2 decades. Barcelona defeated Manchester United twice in the final of the UEFA Champions League in 2009 and 2011. However, a year before that, Manchester United defeated Barcelona 1-0 on aggregate in the semi-final en route to their eventual 2008 title triumph.

Barcelona have lost none of their previous 30 European encounters at the Camp Nou. The Red Devils, who miraculously overcame the challenge of PSG in the previous round, will need to be at their absolute best if they are to get the better of Barcelona tonight.

 

Predicted Lineups (Updated):

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Jones, Smalling, Lindelof; McTominay, Fred, Pogba; Lingard, Martial, Rashford.

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suarez, Coutinho.

 

Combined XI for the game (Updated): 

 

 

Captain & Vice-Captain Options:

  1. Messi
  2. Suarez
  3. Coutinho
  4. Alba
  5. Rashford
  6. Pogba
  7. Martial

 

Must Avoid:

  1. Herrera
  2. Bailly
  3. Valencia
  4. Rafinha

 

Strategic Pointers:  

  1. Messi has scored 22 goals against English opposition in the Champions League and is our clear captaincy pick for this match. 
  2. The difference maker for Barcelona could be Ousmane Dembele, who has been given the medical clearance but is likely to feature off the bench.  
  3. Paul Pogba and Lionel Messi will be on penalties for their respective sides. 
  4. Barcelona haven’t lost at the Camp Nou in the Champions League for six years and the last team to win there was Bayern Munich in 2013.
  5. In their last 30 games at home in the Champions League, Barcelona have scored 93 times and conceded just 15 goals. 
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