Barcelona v PSG – Champions League preview and team news

Barcelona are overwhelming favourites to progress to their five consecutive Champions League semi final after securing two away goals via their 2-2 draw in the opening leg of their quarter final with Paris Saint-Germain a week ago.

The runaway La Liga winners, winners of the European Cup three times in the last eight seasons, were only denied victory in Paris thanks to a late strike from Blaise Matuidi and will be supremely confident of finishing the job at the Camp Nou and continuing their march to Wembley, the place of Los Cules’ first and last European triumph in 1992 and 2011 respectively.

Tito Villanova’s men may have to do so without star forward Lionel Messi however after the Argentina international picked up a hamstring injury during the opening leg. The four-times Ballon d’Or winner may recover to play some part but Barcelona will surely be hopeful that with the talent at their disposal, risking their star man need not be necessary.

Elsewhere, Xavi and Victor Valdes come back into the fold after missing the 5-0 La Liga romp over Mallorca on the weekend through a hamstring problem and suspension recently. Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez are both pushing for starts after hitting a hat-trick and a brace in that match, while Eric Abidal could feature after making his first appearance since undergoing a liver transplant last year. Javier Mascherano is suspended though he would have missed out anyway due to injury.

PSG will be missing Matuidi due to suspension while Thiago Motta is a doubt to face his former club due to a groin problem. The Parisians will however have Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a scorer in the first leg in Paris, available to take on his former employers, while it remains to be seen whether David Beckham will start once more in the centre of midfield.

See what the expert tipsters at OLBG are tipping on Barcelona v PSG

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