After almost a break of two months, Europa League comes back to action with two of the biggest clubs in Europe facing each other. Nothing can be better for the Europa League to restart the competition with Barcelona and Manchester United locking horns on Thursday, 16th February at Camp Nou for the first leg.
Barcelona have been dropped down to the Europa League after facing defeats at the group stage from Inter Milan and Bayern Munich. They have done a good job when it comes to La Liga but unfortunately, their luck ran out when it comes to the Champions League.
The Spanish club has been demoted to the Europa League after their loss in the group stage. And top bookmakers have odds out for this blockbuster tie.
Manchester United have been in good form as well and are third on the points table in the Premier League. They finished second in the group stages of the Europa and that is the reason they face a Champions League demoted team in this tournament.
However, home conditions will suit Barca and they might edge the Red Devils 2-1.
The betting tip is...
Barcelona will win.
Blaugrana are on a winning streak of eleven matches which include their wins in La Liga and Copa del Rey. Xavi has completely changed the club and now they are at the top of the La Liga point table with 56 points and 18 wins. It can officially be said that Barcelona will win the La Liga League Title as they are 11 points ahead of the second position. Their group's exit from the Champions League was unprecedented and we expect a good performance in the Europa League.
Xavi will have the availability of the best possible playing XI except for regular skipper Sergio Busquets. Their probable XI for Xavi's men could look like:
Predicted Lineup: ter Stegen, Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Balde, de Jong, Kessie, Pedri, Raphinha, Gavi, Lewandowski
The Red Devils started their new season on a disappointing note but made a brilliant comeback to post the national break. Erik Ten Hag has managed the team very well and more than that he has managed the media as well. Manchester United are coming to play against Barcelona after a Premier League win against Leeds by 0-2. Their last win would have given a major boost to the overall confidence of the team.
The Red Devils will be travelling without Lisandro Martinez and Marcel Sabitzer because of the suspension to Camp Nou.
Predicted Lineup: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Shaw, Malacia, Casemiro, Fred, Fernandes, Sancho, Rashford, Weghorst
Both the teams have some major absentees and we predict a close encounter. Although it's Barca's home, United won't be a cakewalk. Xavi will surely play a possession-based game and the Red Devils will have to take the advantage on the counter.