Barcelona are needing another miraculous UEFA Champions League comeback in their last-16 second-leg against Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday.
The Catalans travel to the French capital 4-1 behind on aggregate after a Kylian Mbappe hat-trick and a Moise Kean strike secured a damning defeat for Ronald Koeman’s men in the first-leg. It means that Barca have to win at least 4-0 to progress to the quarter-finals.
Whilst that seems unlikely ,with Barca sitting as high as 14/1 with Betfair to progress to the next round of the competition, it has been done before. It was only four years ago that the Spanish giants staged one of the all-time greatest Champions League comebacks to win 6-1 at the Camp Nou having lost the first-leg 4-0 in Paris. Some punters then could be extremely tempted to plump for Barca to win this match 4-0. That scoreline can be backed at a price of 60/1 with William Hill.
It goes without saying then that Barcelona’s attacking players really have to be on top form if they harbour any hopes at all of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals. It is Lionel Messi who is the most fancied to net the opening goal of the game at the Parc des Princes and can be backed at a price of 3/1 with Betfred to do just that. However, following his treble in the first-leg at the Camp Nou, Mbappe should certainly be in contention to get the scoring underway. He sits at identical odds of 3/1.
Despite holding a huge advantage going into the second-leg, Mauricio Pochettino’s troops could well be hampered by their extensive injury list. Moise Kean has been ruled out with COVID-19, whilst full-back Juan Bernat remains on the sidelines with a serious knee injury. Despite former Barcelona star Neymar having reportedly returned to full training following his groin problem, he is unlikely to make an appearance against his old club. It’s a huge shame that the Brazilian will not feature in this game considering that he has scored the most goals in fixtures between the two sides with seven.
Ronald Koeman also has plenty of injuries to contend with going into the game. Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto and Ronald Araujo are all carrying knocks but the latter could be fine to play. Jordi Alba could well be a doubt after falling awkwardly against Osasuna. There are also problems in the attacking departments with Philippe Coutinho and Ansu Fati both ruled out.