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Barcelona vs PSG 2021 Champions League Odds and Preview

By Hank Blaine

The next matchup in the first week of the Round of 16 is one that we’ve seen before numerous times. Barcelona vs PSG has been going within the past decade with a sort of frequency.

Looking at their history in the Champions League, they’ve met a total of eight time, with four wins for Barcelona, two for PSG and two draws. It’s a close call stats wise, though they might be having their best season.

We’re going to take a closer look at the latest Barcelona vs PSG odds, along with an expert preview and prediction for Game 1 of the Round of 16.

Barcelona vs PSG Game Info

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Why is Barcelona a safe bet in Game 1?

Barça has been a dominant force when it comes to the knockout phase of the Champions League. They made a total of 16 consecutive times, without failing to continue past the first round for the past 13 of those seasons.

Looking at their past 37 homes games in the Champions League, they only managed to lose once. During this season’s group phase, they ended in second place of Group G, tied with Juventus, who took the first spot. In fact, they only lost once, which was against Juventus.

It’s been a bit tough for them, especially in La Liga, where they have been struggling a bit to win be first in the table. Also, their performance in La Liga hasn’t been great and fairly inconsistent, due to injury of key platers such Pique and Philippe Couthinho. They still have a great squad, still a difficult road this season.

Recent Performance

  • Form: WWWWW
  • Latest: Win, 2-3 vs. Real Betis (02/07)
  • Current Standing:: 3rd place of La Liga

Possible Line-Up

  • Ter Stegen
  • Dest
  • Lenglet
  • Araújo
  • Alba
  • De Jong
  • Busquets
  • Pedri
  • Dembelé
  • Messi
  • Griezmann

Why is PSG a safe bet in Game 1?

This is PSG’s ninth consecutive season reaching the knockout stage, though they made it past the Round of 16 only once in the past four seasons. For this season, they were able to take first place of Group H with 12 points, after having a not so good start against Manchester United.

One of the major changes was the arrival of of Mauricio Pochettino as head coach back on January 2nd, 2021, after Thomas Tuchel was removed. He has the experience and knows what it’s like to be in the Champions League finals. He’s done it with the Tottenham Hotspur. Though, it will be a a tough one against Barcelona.

We do need to mention an important detail to mention. Their away record during the Champions League is not that great. We’ve seen it in the past, even this classic matchup. One final interesting fact, there’s only been one French team to beat Barcelona at Camp Nou, which was FC Metz in 1984. Imagine the pressure of trying to accomplish that after so long.

Recent Performance

  • Form: WWLWW
  • Latest: Win, 0-2 vs. Marseille (02/07)
  • Current Standing:: 3rd place of Ligue 1

Possible Line-Up

  • Rico
  • Florenzi
  • Marquinhos
  • Diallo
  • Kurzawa
  • Herrera
  • Veratti
  • Kean
  • Mbappé
  • Neymar
  • Icardi

Barcelona vs PSG Champions League Betting Trends

  • Barcelona have lost the last 33 home games in the knockout round of the Champions League.
  • Barcelona’s 44% of goals in the group phase came from set-piece.
  • Barcelona has had 2.5 goals scored against in 6 of their last ten games.
  • PSG has had 2.7 goals scored against in 6 of their last ten games.
  • PSG has conceded an average of 1.3 goals per game.
  • PSG has only one away win against a Spanish team during the knockout round (2013).

Barcelona vs PSG Betting Prediction

Both teams have had their challenges this season. Having to deal with changes and injuries in these times, makes it even more difficult. But their history speaks for itself.

Just by looking at the recent stats and trends, we can see that each team has the capability of scoring and conceding goals. So there’s no doubt it can be a top matchup, with a lot of attacks.

I’m going with Barcelona for this one. Having the home field advantage will definitely shift the balance of morale. And they are coming with a solid record. This one could end 3-2, in favor of Barça.

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*All stated odds are subject to change without prior notice.