At the beginning of any conversation regarding Barcelona is the Magician himself. Namely the great Lionel Messi is the marquee man any time he takes the pitch. Barcelona is no stranger to UEFA Champions League betting odds success with a title as recently as 2014-15. In fact, the Messi era has seen Barcelona win four UEFA Champions league titles. The combination of Messi being an iconic brand and Barcelona’s historic success has made them a prohibitive favorite in the semifinals. Liverpool makes for a potentially live dog that could bring exceptional value. They are capable and likely underrated.
2019 UEFA Champions League Semifinals Barcelona vs. Liverpool
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 3 p.m. ET
Location: Camp Nou, Barcelona
UEFA Champions League Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Liverpool||+½ (-105)||3 (+113)||+319|
|Barcelona FC||-½ (-115)||3 (-128)||-108|
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At the onset Barcelona and Liverpool boast historic success with the UEFA Champions League betting odds. Each team has a total of five European Cups in their history. Incredibly enough Barcelona and Liverpool have not met in more than a decade. This will be their third ever meeting in UEFA Champions League competition.
Important Facts to Consider
Late Barcelona has made the semifinals for the first time in four years when they won the Champions League. Of great concern is the fact that they have won only two of their last five matches at this stage. By contrast Liverpool has made successive semifinal berths. It is interesting to note that Liverpool has had success at Camp Nou as a visitor against Barcelona. As an example, they have had two wins and two draws in their last four visits.
Now Liverpool will bring their share of offshore bookmaker firepower in this matchup. They are the only semifinal team that will bring three players that have at least 18 combined goals and assists in Champions League competition. Those players would be Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane. This dynamic front three give Liverpool a legitimate shot against anyone they face. Further, this trio puts considerable tactical pressure on the opposition. Lacking still is a creative setup man that can make full advantage of this potential. So far, the lack of a playmaking creator has not been a liability.
As for Messi he could have retired last summer with the best club soccer career of all time. Yet instead Messi has returned to compile what is arguably the best season of his career at the age of 31. Consider that Messi leads Europe in goals, assists, and through-balls. While written off as past his peak the fact remains that Messi is the greatest of all time. And the reality is that he is showing no signs of slowing down. Overall his scoring, creating, passing and dribbling combine into once in a lifetime greatness.
Matchup to Watch
Of major concern for Barcelona is a leaky defense. By all accounts it must be considered a liability with the UEFA Champions League Betting Odds. By contrast to a typical Champions League contender the defense is not up to standard. Also, the Barcelona team is too reliant upon Messi.
UEFA Champions League Betting Odds Picks
In this situation Liverpool is a capable team that gets a great price.
UEFA Champions League Betting Online Pick: Liverpool
UEFA Champions League Betting Online Score Prediction: Liverpool 2, Barcelona 1
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