Barca can cash in on PSG’s selection issues
There was no fluke about PSG’s away-goals defeat of Chelsea in the last 16 and they’ll know what to expect from Barcelona in the first leg of their quarter-final at the Parc des Princes.
The two teams met in the group stages with the French side winning a five-goal thriller in Paris before the Catalans took revenge with a 3-1 win in the Nou Camp. Though the stakes are higher this time, we can probably expect plenty of goals again – we have over 2.5 total goals at 4/5 – as both teams like to play on the front foot and Laurent Blanc will want to go to Spain with something to hang on to.
PSG have only failed to score on one occasion in 13 previous matches against Spanish teams in Europe but Barca’s comparative record is even better. In 18 previous matches against French clubs, they’ve hit the net at least once every time and it’s a worry that, of the eight teams remaining in this year’s Champions League, PSG have the worst defensive record.
PSG are the only team to beat Barcelona in this season’s Champions League but the Primera Liga leaders have won all six matches since in the competition, averaging more than two goals a game. The irrepressible Lionel Messi has scored eight times in eight appearances. This is the third time that the two teams have met in the quarter-finals of the Champions League with the current score standing at one-all.
We have both teams to score in this one at 3/4 but PSG are going to miss the likes of Ibrahimovic and Verratti so Luis Enrique’s team can grab a first-leg lead at 4/5 and make the second leg a bit of a formality.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Wednesday, April 15 at the Parc des Prince, Paris.