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PSG can Blaise a trail against in-form Barcelona

Ligue 1 champions PSG will be hoping to overcome Barcelona for a second time this season when the two European powerhouses collide in their Champions League quarter-final encounter

French champions PSG will welcome Barcelona to the Parc des Princes for a mouth-watering Champions League quarter-final encounter.

The hosts will be aiming to repeat their previous European home heroics over Barca this season, having toppled the Spanish giants 3-1 in a group stage match-up last year.

Dominant Ligue 1 leaders PSG are the only team who have managed to beat Luis Enrique’s outfit in the Champions League this season, as well as being the only side to have netted three or more goals past the Spaniards since last term’s competition. Laurent Blanc’s Parisians are a best priced 18/5 with Bet Victor to clinch an impressive triumph in their latest home outing, with their opponents having previously won six consecutive games in Europe for the first time since the 2011/12 campaign.

The two sides have collided before at the quarter-final stage in this competition, with the French team progressing in the 1994/95 season, while Barcelona triumphed in a semi-final meeting in 2013. Enrique’s exciting La Liga leaders are odds-on 10/11 with Betfred to secure another win on their travels this time out.

With each of the past six Champions League clashes between these teams having ended with both sides finding the net, another goal-fest can be expected in Paris, with the visitors having netted in all of their last 18 European games against French opposition.

The French capital outfit have conceded the most goals of all the teams still left in the competition, and they will come up against an almost unstoppable attacking force, with 17 of Barcelona’s last 18 strikes coming from open play, a tournament high this term.

Amazing Argentine attacker Lionel Messi struck in both group games against PSG earlier in the current campaign, including an equaliser on both occasions, and he is a 23/18 chance with 888sport to net again anytime in Paris.

Clinical Swedish sharpshooter Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be unavailable for the European showdown following his recent four-match ban for an angry outburst. In his absence, Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani will have to carry the goalscoring burden for his club, and he is a 27/10 chance with 888sport to strike anytime.

In PSG’s 3-1 group stage victory at the Parc des Princes last September, French midfield enforcer Blaise Matuidi slotted home the final goal of the game. The France international holding midfielder is 25/1 to do so again with Paddy Power.

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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