Euro Hopes Dwindling For French Giants

Luis Suarez. Image courtesy of skysports.com
Luis Suarez was in impeccable form against PSG last week. Image courtesy of skysports.com


 Barcelona v PSG


Camp Nou, Barcelona

Wednesday April 22 – 4:45am (AEST)

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PSG face a mountain to climb when they travel to Barcelona in the second leg of their UCL quarter-final tie.

With a host of big-gun players missing in the first leg, it was expected PSG would struggle against Barca in the French capital, and struggle they did. The Catalans ran rings around the League 1 leaders, cruising to a 3-1 away win and taking complete control of the tie. That result means PSG must hit the back of the net at least three times at Camp Nou, an almost impossible task given Barca’s recent form. They do, however, welcome back the mercurial Zlatan Ibrahimovic from suspension, and he’ll need to put in a five-star performance if the French outfit are any chance of booking a semi-final spot. The Swede is reknowned for single-handedly ripping defences apart, however Barca haven’t lost by a three goal margin since the 1st of May, 2013.

When these sides faced off just under a week ago, it was all about one man. After Neymar put the visitors in front early on, Luis Suarez took centre stage, bagging an astonishing brace that oozed world class talent. The Uruguayan was at it again on the weekend, scoring with less than a minute on the clock to lead his side to a 2-0 league win over fourth-placed Valencia. That win maintained their two-point lead at the top of La Liga while stretching their unbeaten run to 12 games in the process. The Spanish giants are in arguably the best form they’ve been in over the past two years, and they’ve firmed into commanding favourites at to go all the way in this season’s UCL.  

The market suggests PSG will have a hard time knocking off Barca at home, and they’ve blown out to massive odds to win the competition. That’s no real surprise though.  Not many people can see Luis Enrique’s men faltering at home, and the hosts are being backed to replicate their first leg performance and win by two goals or more .

 

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