Manchester United vs Barcelona predictions and betting tips on February 23, 2023
On February 23, Old Trafford (Manchester) will host the second leg of the 1/16 final match of the Europa League, in which Manchester United will compete with Barcelona. The battle will start at 21:00 CET.
The team has got the main task of the season – to come back to the Champions League. The desired result is more than realistic if it achieves success in the Premier League. The autumn segment of the tournament was not very good and brought only the 5th place. Nevertheless, despite the extremely tight calendar, “the Red Devils”, unlike most ambitious clubs in Foggy Albion, managed to improve in the winter. Nowadays, Manchester United, despite the incredible tight schedule, seems to be pretty confident among the top 3 leaders of the Premier League. At the same time, it is interesting to see if the attitude of the coaching staff towards the Europa League has changed after reaching the play-offs. The match in Catalonia was spectacular and, taking into account the strategy, successful. Still, the team needs a home victory.
The club is in a curious situation when it is necessary to determine the goals for the very end of the season. It goes without saying that the main task will be to win the La Liga, taking into account that Real Madrid has been so kind to commit follies and let the eternal competitor go into the lead. The rest of the trophies are optional, especially since Xavi, as a coach, won the Spanish Super Cup. On the other hand, when else will there be such an opportunity to replenish its impressive club museum with a title of the Europa League? That chance was lost in the previous season. This time the opponent is another favourite of the tournament and the team did not win in the match with the grandee at the European arena again – everything ended in a 2-2 draw.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
Barcelona has been very successful in the battles against Manchester United in the Champions League. “The Catalans” has got 4 victories in a row by the following match, including 2 successful games in the finals of the struggle for the European trophy.
Bookmakers are leaning towards Manchester United to win. And there expects a bright confrontation – thus, we recommend betting on “total: over 2.5” (odd: 1.9).