Barcelona vs. Liverpool: Barcelona hosts Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday, May 1 at Camp Nou, with first kick set for 3 p.m. ET. Liverpool travel to Barcelona for the first time in 12 years for the opening leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final clash on Wednesday.
Liverpool will look to make the final again after losing last season’s title match to Real Madrid. Liverpool is still fighting with Manchester City for a Premier League title, as well. The Reds moved past Porto in the Champions League quarterfinals, coasting to a 6-1 aggregate victory.
Barcelona figures to provide much stronger resistance. The club, which earned its 26th La Liga title Saturday, is seeking its first title since 2015 and its fifth of the Lionel Messi era. Barcelona advanced to the Champions League semifinals after moving past Manchester United on a 4-0 aggregate. Messi has 24 career goals against English teams, but none have come against Liverpool, which he’ll look to change on Wednesday.
Champions League: Barcelona vs. Liverpool
Date: Wednesday, May 1
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Camp Nou
TV channel: TNT and Univision
Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
Odds: Barca -145 / Liverpool +350 / Draw +320
Barcelona: Barca just won La Liga while resting players, so the team will be fresh entering this one. This team has UCL dreams that have fallen short each of the last three seasons, so this is as good a chance as ever as the winner of this tie will be the heavy favorite in the final. But Barca has to be careful to not concede. The defense looks out of sync at times but the attack is so powerful it’s hard to notice. Barca is in for a battle.
Liverpool: Will Roberto Firmino play? That’s the big question after he was rested on Friday against Huddersfield. If the Brazilian can’t go, it changes a bit of what this team will do. Firmino’s hold-up play is huge when it comes to creating chances for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. As The Guardian reports, Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Firmino could miss the game, but he did return to training ahead of this match.