French Ligue 1 reigning champions and current league leaders Paris Saint Germain will play host to current Spanish La Liga leaders Barcelona in a European Champions League quarterfinal showdown this Wednesday, April 15. The second leg takes place at the Nou Camp the following week. PSG recently won the French League Cup with a 4-0 win over Bastia and upended Marseille 3-2 to take the lead in the domestic league. Barcelona enters the game with a two-point lead over Real Madrid in Las Liga after dropping a pair of points on the weekend. Barcelona took a 2-0 lead in Seville, but couldn’t hold on as the home team fought back for a 2-2draw.
Paris Saint Germain vs Barcelona: bet365 soccer odds show Barcelona as the favorites for this contest at 4/5 with PSG 10/3 and a draw at 27/10.
PSG has world class strikers in Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden and Edinson Cavani of Colombia. Barcelona also has plenty of attacking power with the forward trio of Neymar (Brazil), Lionel Messi (Argentina), and Luis Suarez (Uruguay). PSG advanced to the final eight of the Champions League by knocking out English Premier League leaders Chelsea in the round of 16. They drew 1-1 at home and then played to a 2-2 draw and London and advanced on the away-goals rule.
PSG met Barcelona earlier in the Champions League group stage this season with the French side winning 3-2 at home and Barcelona taking a 3-1 decision in Spain. PSG is undefeated in their past four Champions league fixtures at home with three wins and a draw. However, the bad news for the Parisian club is that they’ll be without the services of their top scorer Ibrahimovic as the Swedish international will be out of the game due to a suspension picked up against Chelsea.
PSG has five wins and a draw in their past six Champions League outings, but they have just one clean sheet in those games. Barcelona has four wins and a pair of losses in their past six away matches in the tournament and managed to shut out the home side on three occasions. They also scored a dozen goals in those six fixtures. When it comes to head-to-head, PSG has a win and a draw at home to the Spanish side.
This match should feature a few goals in total due to the scoring power of each team. However, PSG will definitely miss the goal scoring skills of their big striker Ibrahimovic. Thankfully they’ll have him back in the lineup for the second leg in Barcelona. bet365 soccer odds show Barcelona as the favorites for this contest at 4/5 with PSG 10/3 and a draw at 27/10.