Barcelona vs. Paris Saint-Germain: The first meeting of the 1/8 finals of the Champions League
Barcelona vs. Paris Saint-Germain: prediction and bets for the match (February 16, 2021)
On February 16, the first match of the 1/8 finals of the Champions League between "Barcelona" and PSG will take place. The match will be held without spectators.
Mauricio Pochettino has been appointed as the new head coach of PSG. The Argentine coach has already won the French Super Cup with the Parisians. How will the "Red-Blues" perform against "Barcelona" with their new leader? Read in our prediction.
The "Catalans" for the 17th time in a row overcame the group stage of the tournament. In 13 previous Champions League draws, "Barcelona" have consistently made it to the playoffs from 1st place, but this time they were the second, leaving "Juventus" ahead.
In the Spanish Championship, Ronald Koeman's guys were performing unstably in the first half of the season, but in the Champions League after 5 matches they had 5 victories and lost 1st place only in the last round, losing to "Juventus" at home (0:3). At a longer distance in the main European tournament, the team also performs quite confidently: 24 out of 27 previous meetings have not been lost (18 wins, 6 draws). At home in the Champions League, before the defeat by "Juventus", the "Catalans" had a 38-match unbeaten streak (34 wins and 4 draws). Note that "Barcelona" became one of the most productive teams in the group stage with 16 goals scored.
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The Parisians have already reached the 1/8 finals of the Champions League for 9 seasons in a row, and in the last draw, they showed their best result in history, reaching the final.
Recall that the team was brought to the final last season and was taken out of the group under Thomas Tuchel’s leadership, who was fired at the end of 2020.
Currently, Mauricio Pochettino is the new head coach of PSG. In the current tournament, PSG won in their group, although after the first round they were only in 3rd position. The Parisians, like the upcoming rival, are quite rarely losing in the Champions League: 19 out of their last 24 matches have not been lost (16 wins, 3 draws). However, the French look not so convincing playing away: PSG have not been able to win in 7 of the last 13 away matches in the Champions League (2 draws, 5 losses). Note that the club from Paris lost to "Barcelona" in 4 of the last 5 head-to-head matches of the main European tournament.
Neymar has been missing about a month due to injury; note that his absence is quite usual for the team.
It is very dangerous to bet on the final result here, so we will choose other options. It seems to us that the game will be effective. "Barcelona" has been consistently missing goals lately, and PSG must take advantage of the "Catalans'" defensive problems even without Neymar.
Our betting options are "Both to Score" with odds of 1.5 on 1xbet.
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