Paris Saint Germain vs. Barcelona: Champions League Last 16 First Leg – Match Preview

Paris Saint Germain and Barcelona meet in the Champions League once again on Tuesday night in the first leg of their last 16 tie.

PSG go into the tie in good form, having eased past Bordeaux on Friday night, with Edinson Cavani among the scorers.

They finished second behind Arsenal in their group, after only managing a draw with PFC Ludogorets in their final game.

Barcelona eased to top spot in their group, dropping just three points, a 3-1 loss away at Manchester City.

Luis Enrique’s side thrashed Alaves 6-0 on the weekend to remain in the hunt for the La Liga title.

Champions League form: PSG W3 D3 L0; Barcelona W5 D0 L1
Champions League top scorers
PSG – Edinson Cavani 6 goals
Barcelona – Lionel Messi 10 goals

Match history
Barcelona eased past Paris Saint Germain 5-1 on aggregate on way to the 2015 Champions League title.

The pair have met six times in the competition since 2013, with PSG winning just the once.

Last five Champions League meetings
Barcelona 2 Paris Saint Germain 0 – 21/04/15
Paris Saint Germain 1 Barcelona 3 – 15/04/15
Barcelona 3 Paris Saint Germain 1 – 10/12/14
Paris Saint Germain 3 Barcelona 2 – 30/09/14
Barcelona 1 Paris Saint Germain 1 – 10/04/13

Both teams to score – 5/7 with 888 Sport

Team news
Thiago Motta is suspended for the hosts here, meaning Adrien Rabiot is set to deputise.

Both Javier Pastore and Grzegorz Krychowiak are major doubts for Paris Saint Germain following spells on the sidelines.

In a real blow for the hosts, Thiago Silva was ruled out late on Monday evening and misses out.

Sergio Roberto will start from right-back after Aleix Vidal was ruled out for five months with a dislocated ankle.

Samuel Umtiti will partner Gerard Pique in defence following an excellent start to life with the Catalan giants.

Expected starting XI’s
Paris Saint Germain (4-3-3): Trapp; Aurier, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kurzawa; Verratti, Rabiot, Matuidi; Moura, Cavani, Di Maria
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Umtiti, Pique, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar


Result: Draw (13/5 with Bet Victor)

Correct Score: 1-1 (13/2 with William Hill)

Anytime Goalscorer: Luis Suarez (13/10 with 888 Sport)

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