A Luke Shaw own goal gave Barcelona a 1-0 lead over Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-final, ahead of the second leg in Camp Nou. The first leg win was Barcelona’s first win in seven knockout games away from home (D2, L4). This period saw them score just two goals, with one of those being an own goal. The Catalan giants have won the last three meetings between the sides, including wins in the Champions League finals of 2009 and 2011. The largely second string Barca side was held to a goalless draw away from home over the weekend making it an unbeaten run of 18 matches (W12, D6) in all competitions. Playing at home, this season saw Barcelona only once in all competitions (W18, D5, L1). In the Champions League, Barca are unbeaten in nine matches this season (W6, D3). Manchester United won 2-1 against West Ham last weekend, but that was just their second win in six competitive matches (W2, L4). Playing away from home, United have won nine of their last 12 competitive matches (W9, L3), but have lost their last three. In the Champions League this season, United have lost three of their last four (W1, L3), but take comfort from the fact that they have defeated Paris Saint-Germain away from home in the last round.
Barcelona have five wins over Manchester United in 12 fixtures, the last three in a row.
Barcelona have won 14 of their 20 European Cup quarter-final ties, but four of those losses have come in their last five ties.
Manchester United have been beaten in just two of their last 13 European away games (W8, D3, L2).
The bet of our experts
The 1-0 score from the first leg is a boost for Barcelona, who have a squad that can put Manchester United to sword. The Catalans will look to continue their scoring run and take advantage of a United side that is beginning to lose some of the early momentum under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.
Created on 14/04/2019 at 14:04
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