PSG vs Barcelona – Prediction
Barcelona to win 2-1, If Laurent Blanc had his full squad of players fit and free from suspensions then PSG would have been the favorites heading into this game. They are undefeated at home since May 2014 in fact they haven’t been beaten at home in European competitions for 33 years but that record is in real danger of getting shattered on Wednesday.
Barcelona are looking as good as they’ve ever been and with the front three of Suarez, Neymar and Messi all in top form this match against a heavily crippled PSG looks easy pickings for Barca. The French champions will have to play out of their skins to keep this tie alive and take it to the second leg at Nou Camp two weeks from now.
- Barca start as the favorites to win the games at an odd of 1.8. The odds for a PSG win is at 5 while for a draw is at 3.90. A Barca win may not be a bad especially considering the kinda of football they’ve been playing recently.
- Our sure fire bets for this game would an Over 2.5 bet at an odd of 1.85 and a Both Team to Score bet at 1.8. Even a combination bet of these two won’t be bad idea.
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PSG come into this game on the back 4-0 win against Bastia in the Coupe de la Ligue final on Sunday. It was their 5th Coupe de la Ligue triumph and must now shift their attention to the Champions League were they have the tough task of overcoming Barcelona to keep their quadruple dreams alive.
PSG are currently top of the French Ligue having a one point lead over 2nd placed Lyon. PSG qualified for the quarters on away goals rule after their two legged tie against Chelsea ended 3-3.
PSG had already hosted the Catalan giants once this season and ended up getting a 3-2 win. They are still undefeated at home this season.
PSG has already tasted exit from this stage of competition twice in the last two seasons. In fact two seasons ago it was Barca that send PSG packing on away goals rule after the aggregate score ended 3-3 after the two legs.
PSG however come into this game considerably weakened by absences of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marco Verratti and Serge Aurier all of whom are suspended. Thiago Motta will also miss out due to injury and the participation of David Luiz is a major doubt.
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Barca come into this after being held to a 2-2 draw by Sevilla in the La Liga on Saturday. They still have a two point lead over their rivals Real Madrid at the top of table but now must turn their attention towards Europe as PSG await them for their quarter-final clash.
Barca come into this game undefeated in their last 10 games in all competitions including the round of 16’s win over English champions Manchester City. They absolutely dominated the City in the previous round winning both the away and home legs 1-2 and 1-0 respectively.
Barca have already tasted defeat at Parc des Princes this season infact two years back when Barca visited the French capital they couldn’t get the job done and ending being held to a 2-2 draw.
Barcelona have not won away to France since beating Lyon in the 2001/02 season. Since beating Lyon they’ve drawn three and lost once in France.
Barca will miss out on the services of defender Dani Alves who serves a suspension and will most likely be replaced by veteran Adriano at the back.Thomas Vermaelen still remains sidelined with injury but Luis Enrique otherwise has a fully fit squad to choose from.
These two European powerhouses have already met twice this season in the group stages of the Champions League. The first game was played at the Parc des Princes and PSG ended up winning the highly entertaining game 3-2 after coming from 2-1 down. David Luiz, Veratti and Matuidi scored the goals for PSG while Messi and Neymar netted Barca’s goals.
The second group game was played at the Nou Camp and Barca picked up a 3-1 win despite going a goal behind in the opening stages of the game. Zlatan scored the lone goal for Barca while the trio of Messi, Suarez and Neymar scored for Barca.
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