Manchester United vs Barcelona Preview, Predictions, Lineups, Team News

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Manchester United vs Barcelona
Champions League, Europe
Date: Wednesday,10th April 2019
Kick off at: 20.00 GMT
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England

Spanish giant, Barcelona are looking to extend their Champions League journey as they take on Manchester United. Blaugrana will travel to Manchester first next Wednesday in the quarter finals first leg tie.

Manchester United vs Barcelona Possible Lineups

Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they prepare themselves for this midweek Champions League tie.  Let’s take a look at the potential lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them getting that victory.

Manchester United

Expected Formation: 4-3-3

Probable Lineups: De Gea(g);Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw(def);Herrera, Matic, Pogba(mid);Lingard, Rashford, Martial(att).

Barcelona

Expected Formation: 4-3-3

Probable Lineups: Ter Stegen(g);Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba(def);Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur(mid); Messi, Suarez, Coutinho(att).

Recent Form

Before heading into this Wednesday’s Champions League fixture, both teams have already been involved in several other games. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have an idea about their current form.

Manchester United

Recent form in all competition (last five matches): WLLWL

After an exciting run at the start of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s tenure, things are not looking that bright for Man United. Red Devils won twice and lose three times in their recent five fixtures.

Man United picked up a disappointing 2-1 defeat in their latest league fixture against Wolves. That result puts their confidence on limbo ahead of their midweek battle against Barca.

Barcelona

Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :WWWDW

Blaugrana’s form remain pretty good recently as they won four and drew one from their last five matches. Ernesto Valverde’s men also grabbed an important 2-0 win against Atletico Madrid this past weekend.

Beating their closest title rival in La Liga should give Barca that extra confidence ahead of Wednesday match. Valverde is expecting a positive display from his players to take home important result against United.

Team News

Manchester United

Man United still have some injury issues heading into the midweek encounter against Barca. Solksjaer is without Darmian, Valencia, Alexis Sanchez and Eric Bailly who are all injured.

There were some concerns regarding Herrera and Marcus Rashford’s condition, but both still likely to start. Paul Pogba will be key for Man United’s shot in making things tough for Barcelona’s midfield.

Barcelona

Valverde’s are still unable to field Rafinha, while Ousmane Dembele’s condition remain doubtful. Philippe Coutinho to get the nod again up front, completing the trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Clement Lenglent is also set to start in defense ahead of Samuel Umtiti. Barca are keen on getting themselves a win on their midweek fixture against United.

Head to Head Records:

The last five meetings between both teams have been edged by Barcelona with three wins and two defeats.

However, in both teams last two Champions League matchups, both were won by Blaugrana.

Match Prediction

Having to play the first leg at Old Trafford isn’t giving any guarantee for Man United. Solksjaer’s side must improve their level of play if they want to advance.

Barca doesn’t have the best of records in UCL’s away fixtures, but they are keen on winning against United. Barca are favorites to win, but Man United can surprise any team.

Final Score: 1-2

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