The 2022/23 Europa League includes some crucial games this month including Manchester United’s eye-catching trip to face Barcelona.
The reformatted playoffs pit a Champions League drop out (Barcelona) against a side finishing second in the Europa League group stages (United) for a spot in the Round of 16.
Barcelona are pushing for a first La Liga title since 2019 in Spain, with United vastly improved under Erik ten Hag, and this first leg clash will be a intriguing measure of their respective progress this season.
Here’s all the key information on the match including kickoff time, live streaming and TV channels, lineups and betting odds.
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What time is Barcelona vs Man United kick off?
This Europa League clash kicks off at the iconic Camp Nou in Barcelona on Thursday, February 16 at 6:45 p.m. local time.
Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:
|USA||Thu, Feb. 16||12:45 ET|
|Canada||Thu, Feb. 16||12:45 ET|
|UK||Thu, Feb. 16||17:45 GMT|
|Australia||Fri, Feb. 17||04:45 AEDT|
|India||Thu, Feb. 16||23:15 IST|
|Hong Kong||Fri, Feb. 17||01:45 HKT|
|Malaysia||Fri, Feb. 17||01:45 MYT|
|Singapore||Fri, Feb. 17||01:45 SGT|
|New Zealand||Fri, Feb. 17||06:45 NZDT|
Barcelona vs Man United live stream, TV channel
Here’s how to watch all of the action from this match in some of the major territories:
|India||Sony TEN 2||Sony LIV, JioTV|
|Malaysia||beIN Sports 3||beIN Sports Connect, sooka|
|New Zealand||—||Spark Sport|
|Singapore||beIN Sports 3||beIN Sports Connect, StarHub TV+|
|UK||BT Sport 2||BT Sport site/app|
ViX+, TUDN app
Australia: Fans can watch every match from the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and Conference League with all the action streaming ad-free, live and on demand on Stan Sport.
Canada: Every Champions League and Europa League match in Canada can be streamed exclusively on DAZN.
UK: The UEFA Europa League is carried by BT Sport’s TV and streaming platforms.
USA: Fans in the USA can watch the Europa League in English (CBS and Paramount+) and Spanish (Univision, TUDN, UniMas, ViX and ViX+). This match will be shown on TUDN and subscription service Paramount+ and ViX+.
When matches are televised on CBS or Univision TV channels, those same channels are streamed on fuboTV, which is available on a free trial for new users.
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Barcelona vs Man United confirmed starting lineups
Xavi sticks with Franck Kessie as Busquets’ replacement, alongside de Jong and Pedri in midfield, with Gavi playing higher up in attack.
Barca make two changes, both in defence: Marcos Alonso and Jordi Alba are in for Andreas Christensen and Alejandro Balde.
Barcelona starting XI (4-3-3): Ter Stegen (GK) – Kounde, Araujo, Alonso, Alba – Pedri, De Jong, Kessie – Raphinha, Gavi, Lewandowski
Barcelona subs: Pena (GK), Tenas, Fati, Torres, Christensen, Roberto, Garcia, Balde, Casado, Torre, Alarcon
Casemiro returns from suspension for Marcel Sabitzer – himself serving a ban – in United’s lineup, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Raphael Varane replace Diogo Dalot and Harry Maguire at the back.
Jadon Sancho was praised by Ten Hag after the 2-0 Premier League win over Leeds United — and he makes successive starts for the first time since October.
Man United starting XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea (GK) – Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Shaw, Malacia – Casemiro, Fred – Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford – Weghorst
Man United subs: Heaton (GK), Butland, Lindelof, Maguire, Dalot, Pellistri, Elanga, Garnacho, Iqbal, Mainoo.
Barcelona vs Man United prediction, odds
Both sides head into this tie on the back of impressive starts to 2023 with Barcelona on an 11-game winning streak, across all competitions, and United losing just one of their 12 matches this year.
Key absences for Xavi and Ten Hag will impact the tie and it is difficult to give either team an edge, with the second leg at Old Trafford likely to decide who progresses into the next round.
Prediction: A 1-1 draw
|Man United win||+333||11/2||4.40||3.99|
|Over/Under 2.5 goals||-147 / +210||8/11 – 1/1||1.75 / 2.02||1.76 / 2.04|
|Both teams to score Y/N||-150 / +105||4/6 – 11/10||1.67 / 2.10||1.67 – 1.95|