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Barcelona vs PSG Prediction & Match Preview

 

Barcelona vs PSG Prediction & Match Preview

Barcelona vs PSG
UEFA-Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 16 February 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona).

PSG will be looking to get their revenge on Barcelona for the shocking loss in the Champions League 2016/17 season when the two sides face each other at Camp Nou in the last 16 of the elite competition. 


The Catalan giants head into the match following a 5-1 La Liga win over Deportivo Alaves where Leo Messi scored a brace. 

The Argentina superstar will once again be the man to watch in the home team, and we are positive that he will prove a handful for the opposition defenders.

The likes of Coutinho, Braithwaite, Fati, Pique, Roberto, and Araujo are likely to miss the game with injuries. 

As for the Ligue 1 champions, they will be without Di Maria and Neymar, while Verratti, Rafinha, and Dagba are are rated doubtful. 

Since Neymar is going to be sorely missed in Tuesday’s showdown, we are tempted to put our money on Ronald Koeman’s troops, who have been showing signs of improvement of late.

Barcelona vs PSG Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Barcelona PSG played so far 9 matches.
Barcelona won 4 direct matches. PSG won 2 matches. 3 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 4.00 goals per Match.

Barcelona vs PSG Prediction

Barcelona in actual season average scored 2.24 goals per match. In 15 (93.75%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 13 (81.25%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

PSG average scored 2.56 goals per match in season 2021. In 13 (76.47%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 9 (52.94%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.


Team News:

As well as long-term absentees Ansu Fati, Gerard Pique and Philippe Coutinho, Sergi Roberto - who sent a 90,000-strong Camp Nou into delirium by scoring the crucial sixth goal of La Remontada - has suffered yet another muscle injury and is unlikely to play a part this week.

However, Sergino Dest is back in the fold, so Koeman will have at least one recognised right-back available to try to keep Mbappe quiet, and the Barca man is expected to demote Oscar Mingueza to the bench on Tuesday.

Ronald Araujo will also watch this one from the sidelines as he recuperates from a sprained ankle, but there should be an alteration at centre-back regardless, with Samuel Umtiti's possible return allowing Frenkie de Jong to reprise his regular midfield role.

Eighteen-year-old Pedri could also return to the engine room in place of fellow teenager Ilaix Moriba - who made his debut for the club on Saturday - while Ousmane Dembele should return to support Messi and Antoine Griezmann in attack despite Trincao's brace on Saturday.

Neymar's adductor injury has ruled him out of this game and potentially the second leg at the Parc des Princes too, and Pochettino's options out wide were further depleted by Angel Di Maria's thigh injury he sustained in Le Classique.

However, Kean demonstrated his qualities on the right-hand side against Nice and should keep Pablo Sarabia out of the team once again, with Draxler, Mbappe and Mauro Icardi all likely to retain their places in Pochettino's attack.

Doubts remain over the involvement of Marco Verratti - who took a kick to the hip from Marseille's Dimitri Payet in the derby victory - while the possibility of Rafinha returning to Camp Nou is also up in the air due to a muscular problem.

The defensive trio of Colin Dagba, Timothee Pembele and Juan Bernat are also unavailable here, and apart from Alessandro Florenzi potentially replacing Thilo Kehrer at right-back, Pochettino will name a largely unchanged side for this battle.


Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Dest, Umtiti, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong, Pedri; Dembele, Messi, Griezmann

Paris Saint-Germain possible starting lineup:
Navas; Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kurzawa; Gueye, Paredes; Kean, Draxler, Mbappe; Icardi


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