Paris Saint-Germain will be welcoming Barcelona for the UEFA Champions League in a round of 16 clash at Parc des Princes on Thursday at 1:30 AM IST. In the previous game, Paris Saint-Germain beat Barcelona, the former would be heading into this game on a higher note but they can’t afford to take the latter for granted.
Barcelona has been in good touch since the beginning of this month. They surprised Sevilla with a brilliant comeback in the Copa del Rey in the previous week and will need to put up a similar kind of performance in this game.
Paris Saint-Germain had a slow start to their season and will be aiming to stay on the winning track for the upcoming months. The hosts have kept a clean sheet in their previous three games and will be confident enough to face Barcelona again.
In the head-to-head competition between the two teams, Barcelona has the upper hand as they beat Paris Saint-Germain on four occasions. The home team has managed to beat the visitors thrice while two games have ended in a stalemate. The previous fixture between two teams which took place in the first leg last month ended in Paris Saint-Germain’s favour with a scoreline of 4-1, courtesy of a hattrick from Kylian Mbappe which ensured a victory for his team.
Moise Kean won’t feature in the upcoming game as he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Neymar’s recovery is in progress but, it is likely that he won’t be playing against Barcelona on Thursday.
Philippe Coutinho, Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto and Ronald Araujo will be sidelined this week due to injuries. Ousmane Dembele didn’t play against Osasuna and might start this game. Barcelona’s hero against Sevilla Gerard Pique is also sidelined for this game.