by Kevin Stott |
Wednesday, April 30
Barcelona (+½, -115) at Manchester United (-½, +105)) (ESPN2, 11:45 a.m. PT): An own goal kept the Liverpudlians from controlling their own destiny in Leg 2 but it was a missed penalty kick by star Cristiano Ronaldo early on that is giving Manchester United a headache after the 0-0 draw in Leg 1 in Spain last Wednesday.
To set up an all-England finals in Moscow, the world’s most-popular sports organization needs one of its’ stars like Ronaldo (38 goals this season), Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney or Carlos Tevez to try and find the back of the net. The Red Devils were the favorites to win going in (6-5, Caesars Palace) but the Catalan (5-2 odds) are a formidable foe for Man U which actually has a player on their roster named Dong Dong (No word if his little brother Ding is any good).
To bounce Barcelona – two-time UEFA Champions League winners and one of the prides of Spain’s La Liga – Man U will have to get a goal somehow against Catalan keeper Victor Valdes but with the game being played at Old Trafford and the weight of the world on its’ shoulders, the Red Devils should find a way to succeed and advance despite their lackluster play of late. So warn the Bobbies, the natives may be a little bit restless after this one. MANCHESTER UNITED -½.