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After the winter break, the Champions League gets back underway this week with the first set of fixtures of the knockout stage. With half of the teams who made it through the group stage set to play the first leg of their last 16 matches there are some cracking ties in prospect.
There is, though, one stand out tie – PSG v Barcelona.
PSG look up to Barcelona as something of an inspiration. While the Parisians are used to success domestically, they’ve as yet been unable to really break through on the continental scene. In order to change that record, the club’s hierarchy tempted Unai Emery away from Sevilla.
The Spaniard oversaw success in the Europa League in each of the last three seasons and the hope is his nous in Europe will at least be able to carry PSG beyond the quarter-final stage which is where they’ve fallen in the last four years.
That looks a very big ask for Emery. Not only did he have trouble adapting to life with his new club but very few teams get past Barcelona over two legs. The Catalan giants have won the Champions League five times and failed to win just one of their group stage games. Luis Enrique, like Emery, has a big fight for the national title on his hands, but he’ll also be thinking about going all the way on the road to Cardiff.
Barcelona 11/10 (Ladbrokes)
PSG 5/2 (Bet365)
Draw 13/5 (Betfair)
Two of PSG’s recent quarter-final exits came at the hands of Barcelona. As they head into the third meeting in five seasons, the Parisians are desperate for revenge. The bookies, however, can’t see things ending well for Emery’s men.
Barcelona are as short as 1/4 with some books to qualify and they’re even the narrow favourites for the first leg at the Parc des Princes at 11/10 with Ladbrokes.
It certainly seems that Barca have the edge over PSG. They’ve won each of the last three meetings between the two and have only been beaten by the French side once (a 3-1 reversal in Paris). With that being said, the draw does look good value at 13/5 with Betfair.
Enrique and Emery both know that this tie will be decided at the Camp Nou in the return match at the start of March. The key thing for both sides is to ensure that they’ve still got a good chance of victory in Spain.
From Barcelona’s standpoint a scoring draw would be a very good result as they’ll get an away goal giving them the edge for the second leg. PSG will also look at a draw as a good result as they are a match for any team over a single game.
Draw 1-1 @ 13/2 (William Hill)
Barcelona 1-0 @ 8/1 (Paddy Power)
Barcelona 2-1 @ 15/2 (Boylesports)
Barcelona 2-0 @ 10/1 (Coral)
PSG 2-1 @ 11/1 (Bet365)
PSG 1-0 @ 11/1 (Betfair)
The fact that the 1-1 scoreline is the favourite option in the Correct Score market tells you a lot about this game. Both sides have world class attacking players who are capable of settling any game on their own but both managers will be imploring their players not to do anything that could put the tie in jeopardy.
That means no silly tackles, no over exertion potentially leading to injuries and no taking risks which could hand a goal to the opposition. It’s tough to see the game ending goalless given the quality on show but the real fireworks will more than likely be reserved for the second leg.
So, take the 13/2 that William Hill are quoting on the 1-1 correct score and make sure you’re free to enjoy the return game at the Camp Nou.
Edinson Cavani 7/2 (Sky Bet)
Lionel Messi 4/1 (Sky Bet)
Luis Suarez 4/1 (Sky Bet)
Paco Alcacer 5/1 (Sky Bet)
Neymar 13/2 (Sky Bet)
Angel Di Maria 13/2 (Sky Bet)
Arda Turan 15/2 (Sky Bet)
Julian Draxler 15/2 (Sky Bet)
The amount of attacking talent that we mentioned above is abundantly clear in the First Goalscorer market. You’ve got a choice between some of the very best players to ever turn out for PSG and Barcelona and one of the very best of all time in Lionel Messi.
Messi has already scored a phenomenal 10 goals in just five Champions League appearances this season and he’s once again going to be the main man for PSG to stop. Of course, the Parisians will have to pay attention to Luis Suarez and Neymar but Messi is still the one capable of scoring a goal out of nothing.
At odds of 4/1 with Sky Bet, Messi is the man most likely to break the deadlock.
1-1 correct score at 13/2 with William Hill
Lionel Messi to score first at 4/1 with Sky Bet