Tonight’s Champions League match between Spanish giant, Barcelona, and one of Premiership’s finest, Liverpool, promises to be quite the entertainment for non-supporters and an highly anticipated game for supporters of both teams. Sequel to this game, lots of football pundits and bookmakers have made their predictions to the result and outcome of this duel, and i want to seize the opportunity to make mine, too.
With the impressive form of both teams, my one guarantee on the outcome of this game is Pure Entertainment.
Head-to-head: both teams have met 7 times with Barcelona winning on two occasions, two draws and Liverpool just edging out the contest with three wins to their belt.
Goal Threat: both teams are free scoring, sides so I expect to see goal(s) in this game. Although I’m not expecting an exaggerated number of goals, but something with the region of three goals between both teams. I expect Lionel Messi and his troop to charge up and create havoc. And I also expect Mohamed Salah and his colleagues to hit Barcelona’s defense with their fast-paced attack.
Midfield Battle: both teams boast of an experienced and energized middle line that can do battle for possession and dictate the rhythm of the game. I count on Sergio Busquet to bring calm to the middle play with Liverpool’s hot-hot midfielders by virtue of his experience and nature of play.
Defense Line: between the both teams, Liverpool boasts of the best defense; just conceding 41 goals as opposed to Barcelona’s 54 goals. I expect Van Dijk to marshal the back line as always for his team to curtail Messi’s brilliance. Gerard Pique on the other hand has lost his pace [if he ever had one], nonetheless, he is a player who always comes to the party prepared to give a show. But teams also have world class goalies manning the sticks. The question to be asked is, “How many will they let in the post?”
My Verdict: I predict a slim win for Barcelona in this tie with a goal margin of one. Hence my prediction is 2-1 in favor of Barcelona.