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FC Barcelona vs PSG: UCL Preview and Predicted Line-ups

FC Barcelona host Paris Saint-Germain(PSG) in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 on Tuesday night.

However, Neymar Junior won’t be returning to Camp Nou after succumbing a groin injury. Newly appointed PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino has a chance to show his best tactics against Ronald Koeman’s side.

Whereas Barcelona got the perfect preparation they needed as they defeated Alaves 5-1 after a Lionel Messi double.

FC Barcelona vs PSG : Preview

FC Barcelona are in top form winning 8 out of their last 10 matches. However, the Super Cup final loss to Athletic Club and the recent Copa del Rey 1st leg semi-final loss to Sevilla should be concerning Koeman. However, the knockouts last season was not that good for the Blaugrana. They were humiliated 8-2 by last season’s CL winners Bayern Munich.

The brilliant form of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann would play a crucial role in this encounter. However, their rivals PSG reached the final last season.

The Parisiens have been exceptional in the last season. However, they are slowly picking the pace under their new coach Mauricio Pochettino. The Spanish club has only won 4 times in their last 10 meetings against PSG whereas the latter managed to win only once way back in the 2014-15 season.

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FC Barcelona vs PSG : Team News

Ronald Koeman has a bunch of players injured. Philippe Coutinho, Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo, and Martin Braithwaite are among the unavailable players.

However, Pochettino is more facing difficulties as his major players like Neymar, Angel di Maria, Juan Bernat, and Timothee Pembele among the injured. Rafinha and Colin Dagba are also doubtful to play in this crucial fixture.

Predicted Line-ups and Score:

Ronald Koeman would prefer the 4-3-3 formation. Junior Firpo might come in place of Ronald Araujo.

However, PSG might start with the similar one they played against Nice, a 4-2-3-1 formation. Ander Herrera might start for the visitors.

We are predicting a tough-fought win for the home side. The prediction is FC Barcelona 3-1 PSG.

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