PSG vs Barcelona
UEFA Champions League – Round of 16, First Leg
Date: Tuesday, 14th December 2016.
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Parc des Princes, Paris.
Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona will meet at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday in one of the standout ties of the UEFA Champions League last 16.
The Ligue 1 champions will be keen to take advantage of having the first leg on home soil, as the atmosphere will be electric in the French capital for this meeting. It's the kind of occasion the club drafted in manager Unai Emery for, with the coach previously excelling on the European stage.
Barcelona, by contrast, will fancy their chances of taking an away goal and a positive result back to Catalonia. If they do that, PSG will find it extremely difficult to turn the tie around.
While these two sides have gone head-to-head frequently in the Champions League in recent seasons, any tussle between them is not to be missed.
Here is the key information on where to catch the match, the latest team news ahead of the game and a closer look at how this first leg will play out.
PSG: Emery rested Thiago Silva for Friday's showdown with Bordeaux, and the captain will likely return to partner Marquinhos in central defence. The manager has some big decisions in midfield, especially with Thiago Motta suspended.
Likely XI: Kevin Trapp; Thomas Meunier, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Layvin Kurzawa; Marco Verratti, Blaise Matuidi, Adrien Rabiot; Angel Di Maria, Julian Draxler, Edinson Cavani
Barcelona: In a big boost for manager Luis Enrique, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets are ready to feature again following their recent injury layoffs. Elsewhere in the side, Sergi Roberto will step in for the injured Aleix Vidal, while Ivan Rakitic will most likely get the nod in midfield.
Likely XI: Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar
PSG vs Barcelona: Head to Head Statistics
Les Parisien and Barca have met previously in 7 competitive games, 4 times at Parc des Princes and thrice at Nou Camp.
Les Parisien have won just once against the Catalan side, having lost 3 games and drawn twice to them.
PSG’s only win against Barcelona have come at Parc des Princes, they have also lost once at same ground and drawn twice.
Barca are currently on a winning streak against PSG, having won their last 3 games against the French team.
Les Parisien have an averaged record against against Spanish sides, they have won 10 of their 26 games and lost 9, most of their wins have occurred at home
Barca have been good in games against French sides, having won 12 of their 21 games, drawn 5 and lost 4 times.
Barca have only lost 3 games on French soil, they have won 4 of their previous 10 games on French soil and drawn 3.
PSG vs Barcelona: Prediction
The two teams are super hot at the moment, they both swept aside their opponents over the weekend and none of them are seen as favorites in this game. They both in second position in their respective leagues and are quick behind the leaders.
We expect a tight contest in this fixture, but the game will likely end in draw.
PSG vs Barcelona: Bet Tips
Full time result – Draw at 3.40 (12/5)
Under 2.5 goals at 2.00 (1/1).