Barcelona – PSG 10.04.2013
The first match at Parc des Princes finished with 2:2 draw.
That means Barcelona have a small advantage as they scored two away goals. However, nothing is decided yet and I expect a hard battle at Nou Camp.
Barcelona is favorite, no doubt about that. The Catalans are chasing the fourth Champions League crown in just eight seasons. Lionel Messi is the player that usually provides the difference by setting up and scoring goals. He was unstoppable this season and scored 8 goals so far. But Messi is doubtful with a hamstring injury. The Argentinian did some fitness work on Sunday and was part of the group of players that worked on Monday, despite the most of the squad had been given the day off.
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Paris St Germain have a good season. They are on the top of domestic League One and are very close to secure the title. The coach Carlo Ancelotti is doing a good job, just as the sport director Leonardo. For this match Ancelotti has some injury and suspension concerns. Blaise Matuidi is suspended after received yellow card in the first leg. The captain Thiago Silva (knee), Thiago Motta (groin) and Alex (thigh) are rated as doubtful. Alex has recovered from a thigh problem and will be in the squad.
I expect at least three or four goals at Nou Camp. Paris St Germain have nothing to calculate, they need to score to have a chance for reaching the semi-final. On other side Barcelona play at home, in front of full Nou Camp. They will play offensive way, no doubt about that. Barcelona have played efficient matches in the last five fixtures in all competitions.