Injuries and players missing through suspension take the headline in the Champions League first leg quarterfinal between PSG and Barcelona.
PSG will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic (suspension), David Luiz (injury), Marco Verratti (suspension) and Thiago Motta (injury). Barcelona will be missing Dani Alves (suspension) and Jordi Alba (injury).
The French powerhouse may be at home, but having to play Barcelona without multiple top players is going to be an issue. As for Barcelona, their back line takes a bit of a hit, but they still have a ridiculous front line of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
PSG shocked a lot of people after getting past Chelsea last round, even if it took a late goal in extra time to get there.
These teams have plenty of experience against each other, meeting most recently in group stages only half a year ago. PSG won 3-2 at home, while Barcelona won 3-1 at Camp Nou.
Paris Saint-Germain have not lost a home match since May 7 of 2014. That’s 28 straight games, winning 23 and drawing in five of those.
Barcelona were on a nice run before drawing at Sevilla over the weekend. They had won 10 straight road matches prior to that draw, including wins at Atletico Madrid (Copa del Rey) and Manchester City (UCL).
Due to a few players missing, PSG will be a rare underdog in Paris.
Wednesday, April 15
Parc des Princes in Paris
2:45 p.m. Eastern Time
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PSG 15/4, Barcelona 5/6, Draw 11/4 (bet365);
Barcelona are playing extremely well, but it’s hard to ignore PSG’s home record. Even without Ibra and Luiz, PSG still have Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi to keep a Barcelona back line without Alba and Alves on its toes. PSG rolls with their home crowd, but can only secure a draw: 2-2.
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