Five-time winners Barcelona may have smashed a Champions League (CL) record after notching up a 31-game unbeaten home streak (W28, D3), but they now take on a team they have never beaten at the Camp Nou (D2, L2) as Liverpool travel to Catalonia hunting a sixth European Cup.
However the hosts are justified favourites having won their last five competitive home games – four of them ‘to nil’ – whilst scoring an impressive eight goals across their last two CL fixtures held here. Furthermore, Barca have been winning at half-time in all five of their CL home games this season, winning 2-0 at the break in the last two.
The Spanish giants can get a further morale boost considering they have lost just one of their previous 15 European games against English opposition (W11, D3, L1). However Liverpool can take solace from the fact they are the only English side to have ever beaten Barcelona at home (twice) in European competition (Barca vs English teams: W21, D11, L2).
In-form Liverpool are on a ten-match winning run (in all competitions), although they registered a clean sheet in just four of those games. In fact both teams have scored in their last three CL away matches (W2, L1), with Liverpool grabbing a first-half goal in each fixture.
Players to watch: Lionel Messi got a brace in Barcelona’s last two CL home games – he netted the opener in four of the five CL fixtures he’s scored in this term.
Mo Salah’s double at the weekend took his tally to 69 goals in 100 appearances – a club record for a Liverpool player after 100 games.
Stat attack: Barca have scored 3+ goals in seven of their last ten CL home fixtures.
Four of Liverpool’s last five competitive away victories involved both teams scoring.
Six of the eight competitive H2Hs have featured under 2.5 goals.
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Referee: Kuipers B. (Ned),
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona)
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