FC Barcelona on a decider match

FC Barcelona on a decider match

FC Barcelona and Manchester United meets in a decider match for the second and final leg of their knockout stage series. During the first leg of their knockout stage, these two teams were held into a 2-2 draw. These two football giants are no longer new to each other, as they already met competitively 12 years ago. They fought with each other 12 years ago as the finalists for the Champions League that season. As they battle for their chances in the Europa League, expect an exhilarating contest for this one. This meeting will be on February 24, 2023, at 4:00 AM (GMT+8), with Man United as hosts.

The hosts are doing well when playing at home, as they only lost to two of their last 11 European games at home. However, those two defeats at home are all coming from a Spanish opponent. As for the visitors, they have a better momentum against the hosts. From their last three matches against each other, they are actually unbeaten in those three matches. With that, the visitors are hoping to be able to continue this run, and qualify for the next round. A spot in the quarterfinals is at stake in this match.

FC Barcelona

Europa League: FC Barcelona
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Barcelona is currently doing well in their domestic league, as they are now on their way to finally win the title once again. If they are lucky enough to win the title, it would be the first time they win after Messi left them. They can gain confidence from the fact that they are currently on a winning streak in their away match across all competitions. During their last six matches, they already won five, while drawing one. However, the number of the key players absent for them might affect the result of this match. Nevertheless, they still have the opportunity of avoiding a loss against a powerhouse squad like Man United.

Sergio Busquets and Pedri are both unavailable in this game, while Gavi is also unavailable because of a suspension. Ousmane Dembele on the other hand already came back in training, but might not be back in this match.

Manchester United

Europa League: Manchester United
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After a draw during the first leg of their series, Man United were able to record a dominating 3-0 win against Leicester City. It happened in their domestic league, preparing for this important match. Man United really knows how to take advantage of playing at home, as they have been doing well in that area. They are a tough team to beat this season in the Europa League, having two wins and one loss in their last three home games. In fact, across all competitions, they are now in a 17-game unbeaten streak at home. However, going against Barcelona’s defense is a tough assignment. If they want to enter the next round, they need to be at their best in this fixture.

Following Casemiro’s suspension in the Premier League, he is now back for his squad to help them in this match. However, they will be without Antony, Christian Eriksen, and Donny van de Beek. Moreover, Harry Maguire, and Anthony Martial are also absent in this match.


Manchester United (2.0)
Odds: 0.90

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