With the busy domestic holiday season now out of the way, it’s time to get back to the business of Champions League football betting, and it all begins again this Tuesday with the first leg of the Round of 16 games. We are getting down to the cream of the crop in European club football, and I think we can all agree that one of the best match-ups in this round is the one that pits Barcelona against Paris Saint-Germain. One of the things that makes this meeting so exciting is because we will have several of the world’s best players gracing the field at the same time. You would have to put Barcelona in as the favorite to advance to the next round, but PSG can make life very difficult for them by coming up with a big result in their home leg of the tie. These two teams do have a little bit of a history in this competition, and you have Barcelona coming in as a half-goal favorite for the first leg, thanks in large part to their previous performances versus PSG.
Here’s A Closer Look At The Barcelona At Paris Saint-Germain Free Pick, Prediction & TV info
When: Tuesday, February 14 at 2:45 PM EST Where: Parc De Princes, Paris TV: Fox Sports 1 Live Stream: FOX Sports GO UEFA Odds: TBA
Why bet on Barcelona
When you have a team that includes Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar, you have a team that is always going to be tough to beat. Barcelona have been good domestically this season, and they are currently sitting a point back of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga, albeit having played two games less than their rivals. They are coming into this game with 3 wins and a pair of draws in their last 5 games, scoring 13 goals in the process. They thumped Alaves 6-0 over the weekend in what should be viewed as a warning shot heading into this game. The last time they faced PSG in Paris was a couple of years ago, and it was Barcelona winning that one 3-1.
Why bet on PSG
PSG are in a similar sort of footing as Barcelona in that they are sitting in second spot in their domestic league, trailing Monaco by 3 points in Ligue 1. This is not a team that is as big an offensive threat as Barcelona, although they have managed to score 50 goals in the 25 league games that they have played this season. It has been defense that has been king, though, as they have conceded just 18 goals in those 25 games. They are going to need all of that defensive prowess going against the big guns of Barcelona. PSG have been in good scoring form recently, though, winning 4 straight, and scoring 12 goals in the process
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I believe that the best bet for this game is the over 2.5 goals, but if you are really in the mood to take a gamble, I would also go with the draw. I see this one ending in a tie, which would mean that PSG would cover.