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Champions League - Barcelona v PSG Betting Preview

3y ago


Get all the odds and tips on the match here - There are still doubts over Lionel Messi's fitness for Wednesday's Champions League fixture against Paris St-Germain, but with or without the Little Master - Barcelona can progress. Conceding a last minute equaliser in the first-leg was definitely frustrating for the Spanish side, but after the 2-2 draw, they are still the front runners to qualify for the last four. Going into Wednesday's clash at the Nou Camp, Barcelona are 2/5 with William Hill to win on the night and 1/7 with Ladbrokes to qualify. This is a much less daunting challenge for the home team than the one they faced in the last round too. Going into the second-leg against AC Milan, they trailed 2-0. Barcelona stormed back to win the home game 4-0 though and progress comfortably in the end. In comparison, Wednesday night should be relatively straight forward. Football doesn't work like that though and the La Liga side will have to work hard against a PSG team that is determined to make a name for themselves in Champions League football. The home side could be without their talisman too. When you picture Barcelona, you picture Lionel Messi, but he is facing a race against time to be fit for the second-leg. If he does recover and starts the game, then he is the 5/2 favourite with Stan James to open the scoring, while 2/1 (Coral) is available for him to score twice or more. Barcelona may have to prepare for life without Messi for this one though and with this in mind, the 5-0 victory over Mallorca at the weekend was an encouraging sign. Alexis Sanchez scored twice, while Cesc Fabregas came into the team and managed an impressive hat-trick. The former Arsenal man is 2/1 with Coral to score on Wednesday. It was a positive, free-flowing performance from them and more of the same will be expected on Tuesday - with or without Messi. As for PSG, they will hope that the equaliser last week ends up being the decisive goal of this tie. Carlo Ancelotti's men now know that victory in Spain will see them progress. They are up against it in this regard, with Paddy Power offering 8/1 for an away win. Bet Victor has them at 11/2 to qualify though, so it isn't completely out of the question. One thing the French side can be encouraged by is their away form in Europe this season. They started with a 1-0 defeat in Porto, but have followed this up with three successive wins on the road. The most impressive of these came at Valencia in the last round and Ancelotti will be targeting more success in Spain. They will have the belief, no doubt about that. PSG must score if they are to defy the odds though and with this in mind, Zlatan Ibrahimovic's performance will be key. The Sweden international was dangerous against them in the first-leg and is available at 11/4 (Coral) to score against his former club once again. Elsewhere, Ezequiel Lavezzi - who was extremely lively last week - can be backed at 5/1 to score, while former England Captain David Beckham is available at 10/1 with Ladbrokes. It has to be a massive team effort from PSG though and it starts at the back. Perhaps if they can restrict Barcelona to one goal, they have enough in their locker to secure a shock win. They have only conceded two goals in their four European away games this season, but Barcelona do represent the toughest challenge of all. Put it this way, if the scores are level at half-time, PSG will be more than happy. Then, as the game goes on, it might be Barcelona that get more nervous. However, the way Tito Vilanova's men performed against AC Milan last month was potentially season defining and Barcelona won't be ready to undo all this hard work. So, although PSG will come in hope, they will leave with the conclusion that they still have some work to do in order to compete with the likes of Barcelona. Get all the odds on the match here...