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Barcelona vs Paris SG Match Preview

08 Mar 2017 Keith M. INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Knockout stage
INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Knockout stage

FC Barcelona

  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

vs

Kick-off
19:45 GMT
08 March 2017

Paris St Germain

  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W

Kick-off
19:45 GMT 08 March 2017

After an incredible 4-0 win for PSG in the first leg of this UEFA Champions League last 16 tie, Spanish champions, Barcelona, will struggle massively to pull this tie around and go through to the quarter-final of this season’s competition. The first leg between the French and Spanish champions was expected to be much closer but PSG’s devastating attacking power proved far too much for Barcelona’s defence. It would have to be a brilliant performance for Barca to turn the 4-goal deficit on its head, but they are certainly capable of doing just that.

STATS

  • Barcelona haven’t been playing as well as they would like to have been in the league so far this season but they are still in and around the top spot. Their form in the Champions League has followed that, with a disappointing defeat to Manchester City in the group as well as the crushing defeat to PSG in the first leg of this tie. 5 comfortable wins in the group showed that they can definitely still turn up on European nights.
  • PSG were very average in the group stage of this season’s competition as they won 3 games and drew 3 but their 4-0 win against Barcelona was truly fantastic. They finished second in their group as Arsenal won and were faced up against one of the best teams but that hasn’t fazed them and they should see themselves through.
  • It comes as absolutely no surprise that Lionel Messi is the Champions League’s top goal scorer so far this season with 10 goals in just 7 games. All 10 of these goals came in the group stages which shows that PSG know how to keep him quiet as he failed to score in the first leg.
  • One player who did score in the first leg is Edinson Cavani, the tournament’s second highest goal scorer with 7 goals in 7 games. His form across all competitions this season has been incredible and his goal against Barcelona in the first leg showed just how deadly he is in front of goal.

HEAD TO HEAD

The last 7 meetings between the sides have been quite even as Barcelona have won 3, PSG have won 2 and there have been 2 draws. In 5 of these games both teams have scored and there have been more than 2.5 goals.

BARCELONA NEWS

Barcelona will have to show a lot of attacking prowess if they want to progress in the competition and to come away with a win over the two legs, they will need a full team available, which they have pretty much got. Jeremy Mathieu and Aleix Vidal will miss the game through injury but Messi, Suarez and Neymar are all fit and are all in great form, they will certainly have to turn up on the night.

Latest matches: FC Barcelona

04.03.2017 LaLi FC Barcelona Celta de Vigo 5:0 W
01.03.2017 LaLi FC Barcelona Sporting Gijon 6:1 W
26.02.2017 LaLi Atletico Madrid FC Barcelona 1:2 W
19.02.2017 LaLi FC Barcelona CD Leganes 2:1 W
14.02.2017 UEFA Paris St Germain FC Barcelona 4:0 L

PSG NEWS

PSG will have to stay strong defensively to make sure they go through to the quarter-final after a huge victory in the first leg. They will need all of their best players at their disposal which they have got. However, Thiago Motta, Adrien Rabiot and the star of the first leg, Angel Di Maria, will all miss the second leg. Di Maria is a huge loss as his work on the counter attack is vital for PSG’s attack.

Latest matches: Paris St Germain

04.03.2017 Ligu Paris St Germain AS Nancy 1:0 W
01.03.2017 Coup Chamois Niort FC Paris St Germain 0:2 W
26.02.2017 Ligu Olympique Marseille Paris St Germain 1:5 W
19.02.2017 Ligu Paris St Germain Toulouse FC 0:0 D
14.02.2017 UEFA Paris St Germain FC Barcelona 4:0 W

SUMMING UP!

PSG shouldn’t have too many problems getting through to the next round after such an emphatic first leg but we all know what Barcelona can do at the Nou Camp. A win for Barcelona on the night is expected but it will be a great shock if PSG don’t make it through.

About the author - Keith M.

Dedicated tipster with five years of experience. Devoted Arsenal fan and sports writer.

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