Spanish giants Barcelona head home to the Camp Nou this Wednesday, March 8th with a mountain to climb in the second leg of their European Champions League round-of-16 series with French champions Paris Saint Germain. They were downed 4-0 in the first leg at Parc des Princes in Paris on February 14th and need to win 4-0 just to send the clash into extra time. This is the third time the clubs have met in the knockout stages in the past five seasons.
Barcelona vs PSG Odds – bet365 Soccer Betting Line:
- bet365 currently lists Barcelona as the favorites to win the 90-minute game at 9/20 with PSG 5/1 and a draw at 4/1.
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Barcelona vs PSG – Head to Head:
- The clubs met twice in the group stage in 2014/15 with each team winning 3-1 at home. Barcelona then downed PSG 2-0 away and 3-1 at home in the quarterfinals. Barcelona has four wins, three losses and three draws in their 10 meetings with PSG and has outscored them 16-15. PSG has a win, two draws and three losses in Barcelona. The 10th other meeting was a 1-0 Barcelona victory in the Cup Winners’ Cup in Holland in 1997.
Barcelona – A Closer Look:
Barcelona enters the contest in first place in the Spanish La Liga with 60 points from 18 wins, six draws and two losses with a league-high 76 goals for and a league-low 21 against. They’re one point ahead of second-place Real Madrid with Madrid having a game in hand. They’re also four points in front of third-place Sevilla with Sevilla also having a game in hand. Barcelona last played on Saturday and thumped Celta Vigo 5-0 at home.
Overall against French clubs, Barcelona has 12 victories, five draws and five defeats with seven wins, two draws, and a loss coming at home. This is the 13th straight season that Barcelona has reached the knockout stages of the Champions League. They won Group C this season by six points over Manchester City of the English Premier League as they finished with five wins and a loss with 20 goals for and four against. They were 3-0 at home and outscored the opposition 15-0. In addition, they’ve reached the quarterfinals for nine straight seasons and are aiming for a tournament record of 10.
Barcelona was eliminated in the quarterfinals last season when they were beaten by fellow Spanish club Atletico Madrid. Barcelona won 2-1 at home and lost 2-0 away. They reached the quarterfinals by beating Arsenal of the English Premier League 2-0 away and 3-1 at home. Barcelona is up against it since no team has ever won a two-legged series after falling behind 4-0. Barcelona has 18 wins and a draw in their past 19 home European games with 14 wins in a row.
PSG – A Closer Look:
PSG head into the contest in second place in the French Ligue 1. They have 62 points from 19 wins, five draws and four defeats with 56 goals scored and a league-low 19 conceded. They’re tied on points with third-place Nice and trail league-leading Monaco by three points. PSG last played on Saturday and beat AS Nancy Lorraine 1-0 at home.
PSG has never lost a series in the round of 16 in the Champions League and there’s a good chance that streak will continue. However, they did lose to Barcelona in the quarterfinals in both 2012/13 and 2014/15. PSG has been knocked out of the competition in the quarter-finals in each of the last four years. Man City spoiled their party last campaign with a 3-2 win on aggregate after drawing 2-2 in Paris.
PSG finished second in the group stage this season behind Arsenal of England in Group A with three wins and three draws. They scored 13 times and allowed seven goals against.
PSG won two and drew one to go unbeaten away from home in the group stage. They have five wins, two defeats and a draw in their last eight away matches in Europe. PSG has 11 wins, seven draws and nine losses overall to Spanish opposition with four of those wins coming in Spain along with two draws and six losses. However, they’ve lost their last two games in Barcelona by two goals.
Barcelona vs PSG – Takeaway
Barcelona is looking for its sixth European Cup win while PSG is after its first. Barcelona has been successful against PSG in the past, but it seems their streak of consecutive quarterfinals appearances will end at nine. Barcelona needs a 4-0 win to take the game to extra time. Any other win by four goals will see PSG advance. PSG will also advance on any win or draw. Barcelona will also advance by any win of five goals or more. If the series goes to a shootout, Barcelona’s record is 5-1 in penalty shootouts while PSG is 0-1.
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