Soccer Picks: Paris Saint German vs. Barcelona

Steven Suarez

Monday, April 1, 2013 7:12 PM GMT

The Catalan giants now have PSG standing in their way, with the winner of this quarter-final earning the right to be one of the final four teams left in Europe's best competition.

Odds Overview

It doesn't matter one ounce that PSG is at home for this scintillating encounter, at least in the eyes of the top sportsbooks.

Based on the current soccer odds, you can find Les Parisiens at +350 to win and start this quarter-final off with a bang, while Barcelona is the favorite at -130. A draw is quoted at +250.

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PSG 

Wherever Zlatan Ibrahimovic goes, the results follow. Once again he's been an inspiration in a new environment, this time carrying Les Parisiens to the summit of Ligue 1 and a possible berth into the Champions League semi-finals. 

To reach this point, PSG overcame Valencia 3-2 on aggregate. Their only loss in Champions League play so far has been away to Porto early on in group action.

Since surviving that test from the Spaniards, Les Parisiens have beaten AS Nancy Lorraine (2-1) and Montpellier (1-0) and drew St Etienne 2-2 away from Paris. 

It wasn't easy against Montpellier, but a late goal from Kevin Gameiro, just eight minutes after he was substituted on, made the difference. 

Like AC Milan, who made Barcelona sweat in the last round, PSG has the world-class names to give the Spanish outfit some problems. Whenever you've got the likes of Ibrahimovic, Gameiro, Javier Pastore, Marco Verratti, David Beckham and Jeremy Menez, you can never really count yourselves out. 

Barcelona

Even when they were down 2-0 from the first leg against Milan, the Catalans were still confident they could advance with a massive performance in the return leg at home

And they did just that. A 4-0 smashing at the Bernabeu gave Barcelona the right to compete in the quarter-finals. Since the win, they've taken care of Rayo Vallecano (3-1) in domestic play, though they couldn't match that effort in a 2-2 away draw versus Celta Vigo.

The Catalans, all things considered, found Celta Vigo rather hard to break down, mustering up just seven total chances. They made the most of them though, as Messi and Cristian Tello were able to get the ball in the back of the net.

Still, Barcelona has a huge cushion atop La Liga and are still very much in the hunt for European glory.

 

Even more good news for Barcelona? Their manager, Tito Vilanova, made the flight to Paris, as did Xavi, Jordi Alba, and Eric Abidal.

 

Champions League Pick

With so many big names out there, this first leg in Paris will be thrilling to watch. 

However, with Barcelona knowing deep down they can practically get any result they need back at home, as they proved in the last round versus the Rossoneri, we think that could leave the door open for PSG to give the visitors a run for their money. 

Les Parisiens will be playing on the counter throughout, a tactical strategy they're not particularly used to. However, there's no debating the fact they have the quality necessary to pounce on any open space.

For this first leg, we will recommend a play on the draw. It would take something very special for Barcelona to dominate a team as strong as PSG away from home, so when it comes to placing our soccer picks, let's play it safe and side with the home team to put on a good show. 

Soccer Pick: PSG 1 Barcelona 1