Barcelona head to France praying for another miracle against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. The Catalan giants have done it once before, but can they manage another comeback for the ages in this last-16 second leg tie on Wednesday night?
Where and when: Parc des Princes – 10 March, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Paris Saint-Germain vs. Barcelona: BT Sport
Last time: Kylian Mbappe lit up an empty Nou Camp in bagging a hat-trick, as PSG came from behind to beat Barcelona 4-1 in the first leg of this tie last month.
Paris Saint-Germain v Barcelona Predictions and Preview
Paris Saint-Germain staged a remarkable comeback of their own when these teams met a few weeks ago, with their 4-1 triumph over Barcelona looking like a changing of the guard moment in a number of ways.
Lionel Messi gave Barca the lead from the penalty spot, but last season’s beaten finalists came surging back. Mbappe is the man set to take over the mantle of world’s best player, which has been heavily guarded by Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo since 2008.
Mbappe’s performance has left Barcelona needing to replicate La Remontada, where the La Liga side scored three times in the dying stages of another Champions League last-16 second-leg tie. Neymar was the main protagonist for Barca in that remarkable 6-1 triumph four years ago, with the now-PSG forward potentially available for this game following an injury.
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The Brazilian’s return only makes the task even more difficult for Barcelona, who are out at 20/1 to qualify for the quarter-finals. The Catalans produced a great comeback performance in the Copa del Rey against Sevilla last week, but surely this is a step too far against a side as accomplished as PSG.
The Parisians have improved since 2017, gaining more European experience which includes their run to the final last year. The hosts are the overwhelming favourites to progress to the next round here, priced at 1/50 in this PSG v Barcelona preview.
Looking at the outright odds for this game, PSG are the favourites once again at 5/4. Barcelona are priced at 21/10, while you can back the draw at 33/10. If you think Barca can get the 4-1 win they need to force extra-time, that’s available at 50/1, with Ronald Koeman’s side 100/1 to win in the extra period like they did against Sevilla.
That’s going to be a tall order, especially as the visitors are set to be without Gerard Pique, Miralem Pjanic and Ansu Fati through injury, with Philippe Coutinho and Sergi Roberto – scorer of the winning goal in 2017 – also expected to miss out.
As well as Neymar, Mauricio Pochettino is sweating on the fitness of Marco Verratti, Angel Di Maria and Moise Kean, with Juan Bernat definitely out for the hosts. That shouldn’t stop them getting the job done at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night though.
One to watch for Paris Saint-Germain: Kylian Mbappe was the star of the show in the first leg of this tie. The French World Cup winner was virtually unplayable at the Nou Camp, and he is 7/2 to break the deadlock in these PSG v Barcelona predictions.
One to watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi is also 7/2 in the first goalscorer odds for this game, as the Argentine aims to show he is still top dog when it comes to the conversation about the world’s finest player.
Long shot: Barcelona producing any sort of comeback which resembles the famous Remontada and takes them through to the last eight would be incredible. To do that in normal time without conceding would require at least a 4-0 victory, with Barca priced at 100/1 to achieve that scoreline. With Messi starting the scoring, those odds rise to 341/1 in one of the more eye-catching PSG v Barcelona tips for this game.