UCL: PSG Vs FC Barcelona - Preview, team news and expected line-ups

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Paris, Feb 14: UEFA Champions League round of 16 kicks off with a blockbuster match as Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain take on La Liga giants FC Barcelona.

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Both the teams have met each 6 times in the last four season in Champions League with FC Barcelona having a far better record than the French side.

Lionel Messi (right) is challenged by PSG's Blaise Matuidi

Kick off: 1:15 AM (IST) 

Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris

The match will be telecasted LIVE on Ten 1 HD


Team News

Paris Saint-Germain does not have many injury problems. Unai Emery will miss the services of only two players.

Argentine attacker Javier Pastore is unlikely to play against Barcelona as he has just recovered from a knee injury.

Another absentee will be central midfielder Thiago Motta who has been ruled out of the game due to suspension.

PSG's newest recruit and probably the best signing of the January transfer window, Julian Draxler is likely to start for the club in this crucial game. Draxler will start on the right side alongside Di Maria and Edinson Cavani.

Luis Enrique too does not have many injury concerns as only two players Arda Turan and Javier Mascherano are out with injuries.

Considering none of these players would have started against PSG, their absence will not affect Luis Enrique's plans.

After keeping Gerard Pique out of action last week in the La Liga against Alaves, Enrique reinstate the Spaniard in the backline alongside Samuel Umtiti.


Predicted line-ups

Paris Saint-Germain (4-3-3): Kevin Trapp; Thomas Meunier, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Layvin Kurzawa; Marco Verratti, Adrien Rabiot, Blaise Matuidi; Julian Draxler, Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria.

PSG formation

FC Barcelona (4-3-3): Marc-Andre Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic; Neymar, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi.

FC Barcelona formation

Prediction

Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 FC Barcelona

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