PSG entertain Barcelona knowing that they have been in great form coming into this game but were unlucky as group winners to get Barcelona at this stage. PSG have made some good transfers in this season to replace the loss of Ibrahimovic. Along with Di Maria, Cavani and Lucas up front; they are able to call on Draxler and Ben Arfa to come and also create chances and score goals. Cavani (25 goals) in particular comes into this game in lethal form as he leads his team with 8 goals in a stretch of 13 games which PSG has gone unbeaten and drawn only 1 game in that stretch. Their defense has been with just 4 goals conceded in that stretch which will be something they will be proud off especially coming into this encounter against an extremely attacking Barcelona. However, when good teams have come to town, PSG have shown to struggle conceding against Monaco, Lille, Nice, Arsenal and Lyon so far this season.
Barcelona have been an enigma when it comes to playing in the road and that has been their primary reason of struggling and slipping down the La Liga table this season and they have kept only 8 clean sheets in 21 away games in all competitions.. However, one thing is for certain, with Barcelona you can always back them to find the back of the net. Barcelona this season have failed to score in only one game so far this season and how could you expect less with Messi, Neymar and Suarez in such great form this season scoring 55 goals among the three of them this season with Messi finding the back of the net 10 times during the group stages of the tournament. The creativity in midfield from Iniesta and Rakitic with them also bombing forward to create chances, is something that has happened quite often.
Both teams to score seems to be the most obvious pick in this game between the 2 sides as they will aim to keep it tight ahead of the second leg in Barcelona in 2 weeks time.