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PSG vs Barcelona Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
9 April 2024, 13:40

In the quarter finals of UEFA Champions League PSG will host Barcelon in the first round of this two-match clash. The teams will meet for the sixth time in the play off stages of the Champions League, making it one of the most played fixtures in the history of the tournament. Luis Enrique will definitely have flashbacks, since he was coaching Barcelona when the Catalans made a 6-1 comeback in a scandalous 1/8 finals in 2017. This time, Enrique will attempt to guide PSG to semifinals, which will be the first since 2021, when the team made its way to the final.

PSG vs Barcelona Preview 

PSG Preview

PSG, as usual, does not experience any problems in Ligue 1 and enjoys a comfortable 10-points advantage over the second-placed Brest. However, Parisian preparations to the clash with Barcelona were overshadowed by the draw in the last Ligue 1 match, where PSG could not win over the last-placed Clermont in Paris, securing a draw only in the 85th minute. However, given the rotation that was heavily used by Luis Enrique, this result will not influence the mood amid the clash with Barcelona. PSG is in decent form, with the last loss recorded 28 matches ago, in the match against Milan. 

Barcelona Preview 

Barcelona’s last quarter finals was definitely a night to forget for all the fans and players, as Barcelona was trashed by Bayern Munich (8-2). With most of the squad in today’s Barcelona being different, Xavi emphasised the importance of the first match and that Barca will aim to get advantage by any means. Barcelona is on the run - the team is coming to Paris having a four-match winning streak, with the last loss recorded at the end of January. Xavi managed to fix some of the defensive problems that were plaguing the team in the first half of the season, but at times Barcelona still has to rely on experimental decisions. Putting in a starting lineup a 17-years old Pau Cubarsi may be a brave decision, but it is unclear whether such decisions will face the pressure in the quarter finals of the Champions League.

Betting Tips for PSG vs Barcelona

PSG to Win

Barcelona’s arrivals to Paris are usually tough, given that the team won only one match in the last 6 occasions. While previously being a usual trophy contender, this Barcelona has relatively less experience of the play off stages than PSG players. Another source of worry for Xavi is that the team won only once in the last eleven away play off matches. This makes PSG a more formidable side in the upcoming match. Unibet gives 2.03 for this PSG vs Barcelona prediction.

Both Teams to Score

With the two of the most dangerous strikers in Europe, Kylian Mbappe and Robert Lewandowski, will most likely be in the starting lineups, it is hard to expect that the teams will leave the pitch goalless. Moreover, given the poor performances of Barcelona in away matches, especially in the Champions League, as well as inconsistency in Parisian defensive lines, both teams will likely have a lot of chances in front of each other nets. PSG vs Barcelona odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 1.61.

Kylian Mbappe to Score at Any Time 

Kylian Mbappe is among the best goalscorers in Europe with 49 goals in 51 matches this season. Amid the almost-done transfer to Real Madrid, Mbappe is the best goalscorer in Ligue 1 (24 goals) and has already scored 6 goals in the Champions League. He is also getting used to scoring against Barcelona amid his arrival to Madrid, scoring 4 goals in the last two matches. Unibet gives 1.96 for this PSG vs Barcelona tip.  

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