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BetKing Preview: Manchester United vs Barcelona: Are you bold to back Messi NOT scoring?

12:05 BST 09/04/2019
Lionel Messi Luis Suarez Barcelona 2018-19
Everything evolves round the diminutive Argentine but he’s not had a good record in the last eight of Europe’s premier competition in recent times

The eagerly awaited Uefa Champions first leg quarter final clash between Manchester United and FC Barcelona takes place at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

The Reds Devils did the miraculous in the previous round by overturning a two-goal home deficit against Paris Saint-Germain, beating them 3-1 in the French capital and qualifying via away goals.

Things haven’t been rosy for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has been appointed permanent United boss since then, his side losing three of their last four competitive games. This is a chance for the Norwegian to make another big statement and is (3.80) with BetKing to win.

The Blaugrana easily dispatched Lyon 5-1 in the second leg of their last 16 tie to progress by that scoreline on aggregate.

The Catalan giants defeated United in the 2009 and 2011 Champions League final and are favourites to triumph again at odds of (2.05) with the same firm.

The game ending in a stalemate is available at the price of (3.65).

The hopes of Barca getting a result in the red half of Manchester will largely rest in the hands of talisman Lionel Messi. However, some facts are against the Argentine ahead of this big clash.

He has failed to score in any of his last 11 Champions League quarter-final appearances for Barcelona; since netting against PSG in April 2013, attempting 49 shots without success at this stage of the competition.

That’s going to be good news for Solskjaer and punters who are bold enough to take a big risk can back Messi NOT to score anytime in this game, which is offered at (1.60) with BetKing.

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