Former Arsenal star, Charlie Nicholas has tipped Barcelona to beat Liverpool 2-1 when both teams clash in tonight’s Champions League semi-final first leg tie at Camp Nou.
Barcelona reached the Champions League last four after defeating Manchester United in the quarter-final, while Liverpool dumped Porto out of the competition.
Nicholas told Sky Sports: “We are into the Hollywood part of the tournament now, and these two will be favourites to lift the trophy whoever reaches the final.
“Barcelona clinched the title and Lionel Messi scored in a 30-minute cameo and was, crucially, rested.
“When you hear Messi speak about individual things you know he means business, and he has come out and said he wants the Champions League in his locker once more.
“This is a 50/50 tie in my eyes, though. When you go to the Camp Nou, you have to be cautious.
“When you go and attack teams, Liverpool’s weakness, if there is a weakness, is their midfield. The instinct here is to say lots of goals.
“The defensive qualities of both teams have improved, so Liverpool will have to be patient, they are quite good at doing that.
“That said, I fancy Luis Suarez to get his first goal of the campaign against his old team to leave the tie wide open for the second leg. Barcelona 2-1.”