Barca’s travel travails can continue in quarter final trip to stingy PSG
Tonight’s Champions League clash at the Parc Des Princes sees Zlatan Ibrahimovich come face to face once more with the only team at which he has truly prospered during a magnificent club career after UEFA downgraded the suspension they’d allotted him for a first leg sending off in the round of 16. The Swede is 6/4 to sting the Blaugrana at any time during tonight’s proceedings and 11/2 to scorer the first or last goal of the contest.
Given the way Tito Vilanova’s men tore Milan apart at Camp Nou to overturn a first leg deficit in the previous round, a win tonight will be of the utmost importance to PSG and the news that Barca’s none-more-experienced defensive lynchpin Carlos Puyol hasn’t made the trip to France will offer increased hope of breaching the visiting defence.
Having set about their road matches with relish at the beginning of the campaign, winning 14 of the first 16, Barcelona have come unstuck outside of Catalunia in recent weeks, with just two of their last eight away trips ending in success. The Paris side are 7/2 to take tonight’s fixture with their visitors 8/11 favourites.
In the round of 16 Milan became the first team to deny Barca an away goal all season with a performance of intense defensive rigour. PSG have yet to concede more than once in a Champions League game this season, keeping four clean sheets in eight European outings and tonight’s game looks destined to be a low-scoring affair, with Barcelona denied more than a single goal in four of their last six away games. Under 2.5 goals is available at 1/1 with Coral.
Despite the hosts’ miserly defending in continental competition the demands of the attacking onus in front of their own fans have left them more open at home, where they’ve conceded in three of their four fixtures. It’s 7/10 both sides hit the mark, whilst a 1-1 draw is available at 6/1, both Coral.