Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain meet at the Nou Camp in the pick of the Champions League last-16 ties. It’s a grudge match between two European heavyweights, with both teams looking to build an advantage ahead of next month’s second leg back in the French capital.
Where and when: Nou Camp – 16 February, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Paris Saint-Germain: BT Sport
Last time: Barcelona produced one of the all-time great Champions League comebacks the last time these teams met. The Catalan giants scored three late goals to a secure a breathtaking 6-1 victory at the Nou Camp in the second leg at the same stage of the competition in 2017, with Sergi Roberto netting a dramatic 95th-minute winner for Barca.
Barcelona v Paris Saint-Germain Predictions and Preview
Much has changed for both of these clubs since they last met, not least in that Paris Saint-Germain paid a world record fee to sign the catalyst behind that famous Barcelona comeback, Neymar, just a matter of months after that match. Another power struggle has emerged between these two big clubs, adding a huge amount of spice to this contest.
PSG have publicly flirted with Lionel Messi as the Argentine enters the final few months of his Barcelona contract. The Parisians have launched a charm offensive to reunite good friends Messi and Neymar, in what would be a thrilling trio alongside Kylian Mbappe.
However, the Ligue 1 side may only have one piece of that puzzle pulling on their shirt on Tuesday. Neymar went off injured after an hour of PSG’s 1-0 Coupe de France victory over Caen, giving Mauricio Pochettino a major headache as he prepares for his biggest game in charge of PSG to date.
The new Rouge et Bleu coach has been installed to deliver the holy grail of European glory, but will also be without Angel Di Maria for this massive game. Keylor Navas, Marco Verratti and Ander Herrera have also been struggling for fitness of late, while Juan Bernat and Timothee Pembele are both out injured.
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Barcelona also have a lengthy injury list, with Gerard Pique, Ansu Fati and Philippe Coutinho all out, as well as Sergino Dest, Miralem Pjanic and Martin Braithwaite. Hero from last time against PSG, Sergi Roberto, is also a doubt. However, Ronald Koeman has settled into his role at the Nou Camp after a poor start, and he has a fit and firing Messi at his disposal.
The performance of Barca’s No.10 is always crucial to his team, which lost their first game inside 90 minutes in 17 when crashing out of the Copa del Rey in a 2-0 defeat to Sevilla last Wednesday. The Catalans took an 11-match unbeaten run in La Liga into Saturday’s game against Alaves though, winning six in a row prior to that one.
The home team are the 11/9 favourites in this Barcelona v PSG preview, although the visitors have also been in good form and are 21/10 with William Hill. They only lost one of their 12 matches heading into Saturday’s home game against Nice, winning nine. Pochettino won seven of his first nine games in charge, losing to Lorient and drawing with Saint-Ettiene. Another draw here is 3/1, and that would be a strong result for the away team.
One to watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi has been strongly linked with a move to PSG in the summer. The Argentine great’s approach to this match will be heavily scrutinised both on and off the pitch, and he is 4/1 to let his feet do the talking by netting the opening goal.
One to watch for Paris Saint-Germain: Kylian Mbappe is the heir apparent to Messi’s throne, in many people’s eyes, when it comes to discussion of the planet’s finest footballer. The French forward has a long way to go to get anywhere near Messi’s achievements, but is 11/2 for the opener in these Barcelona v PSG predictions.
Long shot: These clubs have met eight times in the Champions League in the last eight years. Both teams have scored on six occasions, while those matches have produced 32 goals at an average of exactly four per game. Barcelona have won four times – including each of their last three at home – and PSG twice, with none of those away. Two of Barca’s victories have been courtesy of 3-1 scorelines, and they are 15/1 to win by the same margin here. With Messi scoring first, those odds rise to 74/1.