Barcelona – Paris SG : Preview & Prediction
We are finally there! The long-awaited knockout stages of the Champions League begin on Tuesday. And to start, we have the direct right to clash between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. At Camp Nou, the Blaugrana will fully intend to get into the best possible conditions before the return match in Paris on March 10. And the Catalan club appear to be arriving in great shape for one of the most anticipated fixtures of the season.
Apart from a defeat on the lawn of Seville in the semi-final first leg of the Copa del Rey (2-0), the team of Ronald Koeman has a series of successes at the moment. Remaining on seven victories in a row in La Liga, the Catalan club climbed back to third place in the Spanish league, after a very difficult start to the season. And Barca can count on a Lionel Messi at the top of his game! Author of an XXL performance last Saturday against Alavés (5-1), the six-time Ballon d’Or planted a double and, in the meantime, offered an assist to Trincao. What to warn PSG before kick-off.
On the other side of the border, the club from the capital is far from unanimous lately. For the moment in second place in Ligue 1, Mauricio Pochettino’s team still does not convince in the game, even if it remains on a good record (1 defeat in the last 13 games). To make matters worse, the Argentine coach will have to do without Neymar or Angel Di Maria for this shock at Camp Nou, with a Marco Verratti still uncertain. A situation that risks doing the business of FC Barcelona.
To take an advantage and keep their chances of reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League, the Blaugrana therefore seem in the best possible condition and will do everything to win in this first leg at home. Be careful, however, there are also many absent from Barca with Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, Sergi Roberto and logically Gérard Piqué and Ronaldo Araujo. Lacks which should not however weigh as much as the Parisian absences.
FC Barcelona are third in La Liga.
FC Barcelona remains on seven consecutive league wins.
Lionel Messi has just delivered an XXL performance against Alavés, with 2 goals and 1 assist.
To take a big step towards qualification, FC Barcelona must win at home.
Paris Saint-Germain are second in Ligue 1.
Paris Saint-Germain is far from convincing in the game in recent months.
Paris Saint-Germain must deal with the absences of Neymar and Angel Di Maria.
Paris Saint-Germain have lost their last three trips to Camp Nou, including the famous comeback in 2017.
It is a highly anticipated game by supporters of both teams, and the football world in general. A few weeks ago, Paris Saint-Germain seemed to have the means to win at Camp Nou in this first leg. Now the balance of power has completely changed! FC Barcelona show up in full confidence for this shock, and will try to get on the best possible terms for the return leg at the Parc des Princes in less than a month. PSG can achieve this, but it seems difficult without Neymar and Di Maria.
Barcelona – Paris SG : Betting Tips
Barcelona – Win Odds: 2.25
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70