Tip PSG - Barcelona
PSG have a massive lead over Barcelona ahead of their home game in the Round of 16 Champions League return leg. Barcelona visits Paris having suffered a 4-1 loss in the first leg and will be hoping to pull a big comeback. PSG warmed up for the game with an easy 3-0 win over Brest in the French Cup, their third straight clan sheet in a third straight away game. They’ll be glad to return home for the first time since 21st February, when they lost 2-0 to Monaco in a league game. PSG’s attacking threat is well intact, the team having scored 12 in the last five matches and it will be improved with Angel di Maria’s return from injury. Kylian Mbappe, who scored three in the first leg at Camp Nou, scored twice in the win over Brest, and news that Neymar could return for this game is not what Barcelona would want to hear. The Parisians will however be without Moise Kean, who has tested positive for Covid and is in isolation. The hosts have eight wins in 10 home matches and go to this clash with four straight wins in the Champions League, having scored 13 goals in the process. They however have just one clean sheet in the last five Champions League matches, and have conceded in each of the last three.
It is five matches since Barcelona suffered that humiliating defeat at home to PSG, and they’ve won each of the last four. With four straight clean sheets and 10 goals, Barca will feel they can pull a great comeback. To advance, they’ll have to score four unanswered goals. They’ve done that twice in the Champions League this season, but against much weaker opponents – Ferencvaros and Dynamo Kyiv. Barcelona haven’t lost a lot of their away matches; in the last 15, they’ve suffered two losses. However, going to this game, they’ve lost back to back in the Champions League, having earlier fallen 3-0 to Juventus before the loss to PSG. It has been better for them away from home in this competition and going to Paris, they are unbeaten in seven away Champions League matches. In their last visit to Paris, Barcelona suffered a 4-0 loss at the hands of PSG. That was in the first leg and they recovered with a 6-1 win in Catalunya. This time, they have to do it all in Paris and the big promise in this game, is that of goals.
Key points PSG - Barcelona
Barcelona are unbeaten in five matches since their loss to PSG.
PSG have three straight wins and clean sheets ahead of Barca’s visit.
Seven of the nine meetings between these two sides have produced over 2.5 goals.
Barcelona are unbeaten in seven away Champions League matches.
PSG have scored 12 times in their last five matches.
Conclusion PSG - Barcelona
Barcelona have all to do here; on a good day, they can walk out of Paris with a 4-0 win. However, their form this season hasn’t suggested much of that, and they also face an equally capable PSG side. For all the capabilities in the two teams, this match will be decided by the attacks. In the nine earlier meetings, over 2.5 goals have been scored in seven and this could be another high scoring game.
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PSG Barcelona Prediction published on March 8, 2021