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Barcelona v Paris St. Germain live Champions League Preview

Barcelona v Paris St. Germain live Champions League Preview Photo: TT

The return leg of Champions League quarter finals is here. Paris St. Germain travel to Spain to take on arguably the world’s best club team ever. The game is scheduled to start at 1945 GMT on April 10, 2013 at Nou Camp.

Barcelona who looked a little lost last month have somehow held themselves together and managed to put on a very good run. They enter this game having won four of their last six games, drawing the other two.

Barcelona is still a little wary of Lionel Messi as he limped off injured last week against PSG. Mesi did train with the team. If he is rested for this all important game, Cesc Fabregas is expected to take his place and play in that false 9 position that he is so comfortable in.

Tito Vilanova who is back fit and fine may deploy either Sergio Busquets or Alex Song in central defence in place of the inexperienced Marc Bartra to keep Zlatan Ibrahimović who has the nose for goals, quiet.

PSG will be well aware of the carnage that Barcelona did of AC Milan turning over a 2 goal deficit. Keeping that in mind PSG captain Thiago Silva may play in spite of missing the weekend clash at Rennes with due to a bruised knee.

Records suggest that Barcelona has gone on to win 18 of the 23 European games in which they have drawn the first leg that was played away from home.

PSG have shown that they can beat anyone on their day as they sit pretty in their domestic league and will have confidence as they enter this game on the back of three wins and three draws in their last six games. Also, the fact that they scored two past Barcelona last week will also give them a much needed boost.

The first leg between the sides ended 2-2, meaning a goalless draw is enough for Barcelona to go through.

Prediction: Barcelona 3-1 PSG

Rajeev mcallister
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