The Barcelona team will challenge the Antwerp team in a 1e ronde Champions League in Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys Stadium, Barcelona on Tuesday, September 19, 2023. For streaming coverage of Barcelona vs Antwerp, preview and how to watch it, see in this article.
Barcelona will host Antwerp in the first match of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League in the middle of the week, Tuesday 19/9 evening. This is the first meeting between the two teams in European competition.
Barcelona is in very good condition. They are unbeaten in the last 8 matches, with 7 wins. What’s interesting, in the last match at home to Camp Nou, Xavi’s men managed to destroy Betis with a score of 5-0 to temporarily lead the La Liga standings. Currently at the peak of their performance, Barcelona is confident that they can beat Antwerp in the first match of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League.
Apart from good performance, Barcelona also has the advantage of playing at home. Statistics show that in the last 18 home matches, the team from Catalonia only lost 2 times, the remaining 3 draws and won 13 times. With a home performance like that, Barcelona has reason to hope to crush Antwerp in today’s match.
The past also supports Xavi and his players. In the previous 17 meetings with teams from Belgium, Barca won 12 wins, the rest drew 1 and lost 4 times. However, the Camp Nou home team’s last defeat to Belgian representatives occurred in the 1989/90 season, when they lost 0-2 at home to Anderlecht in the last 16 of the C2 Cup.
On the other hand, Antwerp has been playing quite well recently. They are unbeaten in the last 6 matches, with 4 wins. In the Belgian National Championship, the Belgian Pro League, the team is still maintaining the stability that helped them win the title last season.
In their last 10 matches, Royal Antwerp won 6 wins, 3 draws and only lost once. However, the Champions League will be a very different story as this is the first time Royal Antwerp will participate in the tournament.
However, Mark van Bommel’s team lacks confidence when they have to play away from home. In the last 7 away matches, they only won 2 times. Apart from that, they also lost quite a lot of important pillars in the visit to Camp Nou. They could not play two goalkeepers Ortwin de Wolf and Davino Verhulst due to injury. Meanwhile, at the back, center back Bojorn Engels, as well as wing backs Sam Vines and Kobe Corbanie are also absent.
It is very likely that Barcelona will play with a 4-3-3 formation when they host Antwerp. Where, Gundogan will play with Gavi and Frenkie de Jong in midfield. The hosts’ attack line will likely remain the same as in the match against Betis a few days ago with Robert Lewandowski as the spearhead, while Joao Felix and Ferran Torres play on the wings.
With all the advantages they have, Barcelona will most likely get all the points in the first match of the 2023/24 Champions League against Antwerp. It is possible that the team from Catalonia will win by a landslide with a large goal difference.
Live Stream & How To Watch
Barcelona vs Antwerp match at Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys Stadium, Barcelona can be watched live streaming. UEFA Champions League 2023/2024 1e ronde match broadcast on CBS Sports or Paramount+ starting 15:00 ET.
|Match||FC Barcelona vs. Antwerp|
|Competition||2023/2024 UEFA Champions League|
|Match day||1e ronde|
|Venue||Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys Stadium, Barcelona|
|Date||Tuesday, September 19, 2023|
|Official TV||CBS Sports or Paramount+|
|Streaming Link||CBS Sports or Paramount+|
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Interesting Statistics and Facts
|Barcelona (4-3-3)||Antwerp (4-3-3)|
|Kounde||Van den Bosch|
Barcelona – Last 5 Match Results
- August 14, 2023 – Getafe [0 – 0] Barcelona (La Liga)
- August 21, 2023 – Barcelona [2 – 0] Cadiz (La Liga)
- August 27, 2023 – Villarreal [3 – 4] Barcelona (La Liga)
- September 04, 2023 – Osasuna [1 – 2] Barcelona (La Liga)
- September 17, 2023 – Barcelona [5 – 0] Betis (La Liga)
Antwerp – Last 5 Match Results
- August 19, 2023 – OH Leuven [1 – 1] Antwerp (First Division A)
- August 23, 2023 – Antwerp [1 – 0] AEK Athens (UEFA Champions League)
- August 31, 2023 – AEK Athens [1 – 2] Antwerp (UEFA Champions League)
- September 03, 2023 – Union Saint-Gilloise [2 – 2] Antwerp (First Division A)
- September 16, 2023 – Westerlo [0 – 3] Antwerp (First Division A)