Kick-off: 2000, 10/03/2021
Stadium: Parc des Princes
TV: BT Sport
Barcelona produced the greatest second-leg comeback in Champions League history against PSG four years ago and must attempt a similar feat this term.
However, that famous triumph was on home turf and Barca were in far better shape than they are right now, so we fear this is a case of mission impossible.
In fact, 23/20 for the French aristocrats to do the double over the Catalan giants is our first PSG vs Barcelona prediction.
A Look At Paris Saint-Germain’s Betting Odds
Back in 2017, PSG beat Barca 4-0 in France but were then sent crashing out via an incredible 6-1 thrashing in Spain.
This time, they claimed a 4-1 advantage from the opening leg at Camp Nou and surely won’t slip up at Parc des Princes.
Three weeks ago, Barca grabbed the lead in the 27th minute thanks to a Lionel Messi penalty but it was one-way traffic thereafter.
Kylian Mbappe’s lightning speed, close control and clinical finishing earned him a hat-trick, while Moise Kean headed in the other goal.
Mauricio Pochettino hailed Mbappe as “one of the best players in the world” but was also determined not to rest on his laurels.
He was quoted on the UEFA website saying: “There are 90 minutes left and they have great players. There’s still a second leg.
“Perfection doesn’t exist. I’m happy with the result and performance, but we have to stay humble.”
A subsequent 2-0 loss to Monaco in Ligue 1 served as a wake-up call and PSG have since posted a trio of domestic triumphs, with eight goals scored and none conceded.
Mbappe netted half of those and looks unstoppable at the moment, so 16/5 for a home win and over 3.5 goals catches the eye from the PSG vs Barcelona odds.
A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds
Barcelona contributed to their own downfall in the first leg with some hapless defending, which has been an issue on several occasions this term.
“I could tell you lies but the fact is that at 4-1 down from the home leg, there are very few chances of going through,” admitted Ronald Koeman.
“This match shows us how much we have to improve, particularly at Champions League level.”
Barca went on to drop two points against Cadiz at Camp Nou in their next match but have since rallied with four straight domestic wins, including a couple over Sevilla.
However, last season’s 8-2 drubbing by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals exposed cracks which have only been papered over.
Gerard Pique is back on the injured list, while Samuel Umtiti came off at half-time in Saturday’s scrappy 2-0 victory at Osasuna.
Let’s finish off our PSG vs Barcelona betting tips by taking 13/1 for a 3-1 home win.
Stade Brest 0-3 PSG – Kylian Mbappe (2), Pablo Sarabia
Osasuna 0-2 BARCELONA – Jordi Alba, Ilaix Moriba
Head-to-head: Barcelona 1-4 PSG, Barcelona 6-1 PSG, PSG 4-0 Barcelona, Barcelona 2-0 PSG, PSG 1-3 Barcelona
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