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UCL Preview: Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain

The Camp Nou hosts the standout fixture of the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday as PSG visit Barcelona for the first leg.

The Blaugranas head into this encounter on the back of seven consecutive victories and have a special history against the Parisens and will want to put their best foot forward at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.

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The French outfit, Paris Saint-Germain, head into this encounter after a slip to their title race. Mauricio Pochettino troop’s will be aiming to cause some more troubles to the Catalan side like they have done in the past.

Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain Head-to-Head

Barcelona should be confident, if head to head is to be considered for this encounter, winning four out of nine matches played between the two teams. Paris Saint-Germain have won only two and will aim to improve their record against the Blaugranas.

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The last of these clashes gave rise to the famous ‘La Remontada’ as Barcelona completed a spectacular 6-1 thrashing of the Parisiens in 2017.

Barcelona Team News

Miralem Pjanic and Sergino Dest both recovered from injury to play at the weekend but the likes of Phillipe Coutinho, Martin Braithwaite, Ansu Fati and Gerard Pique are still sidelined.

Antoine Griezmann is expected to keep his place in the team as Ousmane Dembele and Pedri are also likely to return to the starting lineup against the Parisens.

Paris Saint-Germain Team News

Unfortunately for PSG, they will visit the Camp Nou without ‘Remontada’ hero, Neymar. The former Barcelona man has been ruled out of a return to his former club, but with Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi set to start, PSG aren’t exactly devoid of attacking quality.

Angel Di Maria and Juan Bernat are struggling with their fitness and are expected to sit out of the from the squad while Rafinha and Colin Dagba also sustained knocks and might not be risked against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain Predicted XI

Barcelona Predicted XI (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Jordi Alba, Clement Lenglet, Oscar Mingueza, Sergino Dest; Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri; Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi

Paris Saint-Germain Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Keylor Navas; Layvin Kurzawa, Presnel Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Alessandro Florenzi; Idrissa Gueye, Leandro Paredes; Marco Verratti, Moise Kean, Kylian Mbappe; Mauro Icardi

Match details

Date: Tuesday, 16th February, 2021

Venue: Camp Nou

Time: 20:00 GMT

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers

Assistant referees: Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra

Fourth official: Serdar Gozubuyuk

VAR official: Pol van Boekel and Dennis Higler 

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