Barcelona versus Paris Saint-Germain is one of European football’s newest rivalries, but one that is rapidly building up quite a history. This is the 7th time since 2012 that the two sides have faced each other in the Champions League, with Barcelona winning 3, PSG winning 1 and 2 ties ending in a draw.
Unusually for these clubs, neither currently sits top of their domestic league. PSG trail Monaco by 3 points in Ligue 1, and Real Madrid have 1 point and 2 games in hand over their fierce rivals in the La Liga title race. Both sides will therefore be looking to give their season an all-important boost this evening, but who will come out on top?
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Our Ultimate Form Guide (above) covers each side’s last 10 outings in Europe and their domestic leagues, and gives a very strong indication on who is heading into this tie in better shape. Across 15 key statistical areas, Barcelona come out on top in 13 to PSG’s one, suggesting the Catalans have a strong chance of coming out on top.
Both sides have been performing admirably up front, with averages of 2.2 and 3.2 goals per game both pretty outstanding. Barcelona do have the edge though, and their 25% conversion rate must be causing PSG’s defenders sleepless nights.
It’s at the back where Barcelona look significantly more impressive than their hosts. 6 clean sheets in 10 is excellent, and an average of 0.4 goals per game against them is amongst the best in Europe. When only 7% of shots on your goal find the back of the net, you’ve got a very good chance of success.
Home advantage may well play its part this evening, but Barcelona look to be arriving in better form and will be fully ready to knock PSG out of the Champions League for a 4th time in 6 seasons.
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