Soccer Picks: Barcelona vs. Paris Saint German

Steven Suarez

Monday, April 8, 2013 6:25 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 8, 2013 6:25 PM UTC

PSG put up a great fight in the first leg, but Barcelona was able to get two away goals, which should set them up nicely for a return to the Champions League final. Will they get the job done? 

Odds Overview

Current moneyline offerings have the Catalans are -315 to win outright, while the French side can be backed at +750 to secure a victory. Current soccer odds have a draw listed at +420.

The OVER 3 goals is available at -125, with the UNDER trading at -105. The OVER 2.5 goals is at -210, with the UNDER at +160.

Champions League Futures Odd & Predictions



Days after the draw with Barcelona, the Parisiens were able to beat Stade Rennes 2-0 away from home. The goalscorers on the day were Jeremy Menez, on a fine solo effort, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in stoppage time. 

What Ibrahimovic has been doing this season is nothing short of remarkable, but we've gotten accustomed to his brilliance. The immensely skilled Swede has scored 26 goals in 27 league appearances this term and has added three goals and six assists in eight Champions League matches.

It's hard to find any faults in Ibrahimovic's form, but the same may not be able to be said for David Beckham. Beckham was a relatively surprising inclusion in the starting XI in the first leg, but didn't make much of a difference before getting substituted.

If Beckham makes the starting lineup again, he and his teammates are going to have to play almost perfect soccer to beat out Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

The Parisiens, despite winning two of their three Champions League matches outside of Paris, have found it difficult to get in on the scoring. They've scored just four goals in total in those games, but their excellent defensive record (one goal allowed) has helped them tremendously.


It didn't matter that Messi was absent in Barcelona's latest league match. They still smashed Mallorca 5-0, with Cesc Fabregas having a hand in all five goals, scoring a hat-trick to go along with two tidy assists.

The more pressing issue: will Messi be available for this crunch clash with PSG? The Argentinean superstar picked up a thigh problem in the first leg and his availability is in question. Fabregas would again slide into Messi's role if he's unable to go.

Javier Mascherano has also gone down, but his injury is much more serious. He tore a knee ligament against the Parisiens and is set to be out for at least six weeks, with the young Marc Bartra likely to fill the void. 

Regardless of injuries, Barcelona has the squad depth to cope. The simple fact that Fabregas comes off the bench is ludicrous in itself, so we're not too worried about the Catalans' chances. They will still boss this game against PSG.

Xavi has come out and said that having two away goals to their name gives them the considerable advantage heading into the second leg. We're finding it hard to disagree.

Review our predictions from the first leg.

Champions League Pick

Even if they were 2-0 or 3-0 down from the first leg, we still would have liked Barcelona to do enough to advance on to the finals. The fact they were able to grab two crucial away goals in a 2-2 draw is icing on the cake. 

That said, there isn't much value on siding with the Spanish outfit to win straight up, so the best options for your soccer picks may come by backing them win by two or more goals. That wager is available for a much more attractive -110 at the sportsbooks.

Too often we've seen Barcelona able to name their score when playing at home, so let's roll with the hosts to take care of business once again. Messi or no Messi, something crazy is going to have to happen if the Spanish outfit are to lose this one.

Pick: Barcelona 3 PSG 1
Barcelona 5 PSG 3

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