BARCELONA VS PSG: PREDICTIONS
The main aim of both of these sides is to win the Champions League, that glory taking precedent over any domestic title, particularly for PSG, but neither have had the best time of late. For Barcelona, it’s been six years since their last glory, beating Juventus 3-1 in the 2014/15 final, and last season they bowed out at the quarter-final stage in humiliating fashion, beaten 8-2 by Bayern Munich.
In the aftermath of the defeat, Quique Setien was sacked and eventually replaced by Ronald Koeman who, after a tough start, finally appears to have settled at the Nou Camp. The Blaugrana have lost just two of their 13 games across all competitions in 2021 so far, winning the remaining 11 to move within eight points of La Liga leaders Atletico. But they may still be ruing finishing second in their Champions League group, thanks to a 3-0 defeat to Juventus on the final day, setting up this game against PSG.
The French champions have changed quite a bit since securing top spot in Group H ahead of RB Leipzig and Manchester United. Thomas Tuchel is no more and he has been replaced by Mauricio Pochettino, who has eight of his 10 games in France so far (one draw, one defeat).
That form has seen PSG close the gap on top spot in Ligue 1 to just a point and they remain favourites to win the league, but there is no doubt the main priority is the Champions League. Last season PSG went the closest they have ever been to finally adding their name to the list of European Cup winners, reaching the final but, like Barcelona, their journey came to an end against Bayern Munich, beaten 1-0.
BARCELONA VS PSG: HEAD TO HEAD
8 March 2017 – Barcelona 6-1 PSG – Champions League
14 February 2017 – PSG 4-0 Barcelona – Champions League
21 April 2015 – Barcelona 2-0 PSG – Champions League
15 April 2015 – PSG 1-3 Barcelona – Champions League
10 December 2014 – Barcelona 3-1 PSG – Champions League.
BARCELONA VS PSG: MATCH STATS
- Barcelona have knocked out Paris SG in each of their last three UEFA Champions League knock-out ties: 2012/13 quarter-finals (3-3 agg. away goals), 2014/15 quarter-finals (5-1 agg.), 2016/17 round of 16 (6-5 agg.). The only previous time Paris SG overcame the Catalans in a UCL knockout tie was in the 1994/95 quarter-finals (3-2 agg.).
- The last time Barcelona and Paris SG met was in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League round of 16. The Catalan side became the first – and so far only – side to qualify for the next round following a 4+ goals first-leg margin of defeat (0-4 first leg at Parc des Princes; 6-1 second leg at Camp Nou).
- Since 2012/13, only Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid have faced each other more often (10 times) than Barcelona and Paris SG (8) in the UEFA Champions League. Those eight games have produced 32 goals, an average of four per match.
- Only one French club has beaten Barcelona at Camp Nou – it was FC Metz in the first round of the Cup Winners Cup in October 1984 (4-1). No French side though has ever beaten FCB on their own patch in the UEFA Champions League (D2 L8).
- Barcelona will attempt to reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the 14th consecutive season, a record. The last time they were knocked out in the round of 16 was in 2006/07 against Liverpool (2-2 agg. away goals).
- Paris SG have reached the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League for the ninth consecutive season, matching the record for a French club set by Lyon between 2003/04 and 2011/12. They’ve made it past the round of 16 once in the last four seasons (2019/20).
- Barcelona have only lost one of their last 33 home games in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League (W25 D7), a 0-3 defeat against Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the 2012/13 edition. This includes winning 13 of their last 15 k/o games at Camp Nou (D2), setting a goal difference of +33 over those 15 matches (41 goals for, 8 against).
- Paris SG’s only away win against a Spanish side in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League came eight years ago against Valencia (2-1, February 2013). They have lost the last three-such visits to Spain in the competition by an aggregate scoreline of 11-2.
- 44% of Barcelona’s goals in this season’s UEFA Champions League group stages came from set-piece (7 out of 16), the highest ratio among the 16 teams left in the competition.
- Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann has more yellow cards (2) than goals or assists (1 goal) in his seven UEFA Champions League appearances at Camp Nou.
- Paris SG’s Neymar has scored as many goals at Camp Nou (16 goals in 20 games) as he has at the Parc des Princes (16 in 14) in the UEFA Champions League. He’s failed score in his last three knockout games in the competition – he’s never gone four in a row without a goal.
- Kylian Mbappé has scored only one goal in his nine UEFA Champions League knockout games with Paris SG. He’d found the net six times in six knockout games with Monaco.