Still fresh from their 4-0 victory over AC Milan which handed them a quarter final place, Barcelona travels to France to make their Champions League trophy ambition a reality
Barcelona face a stern test of their European credentials when they travel to France to challenge big-spending Paris Saint Germain in the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening.
With names like David Beckham, Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the French fold, it's glaring to see why the Parisian club can’t wait for the first leg match up.
Tito Vilanova’s men strolled to a 4-2 aggregate victory over AC Milan in the last round but this encounter appears to represent a step up in the class of the Blaugrana, who are rated as a 8/11 (1.72) chance with Ladbrokes to take a first leg advantage back to Camp Nou. This result will push them to their fourth consecutive semi final place.
PSG, under the watchful eyes of Carlos Ancelotti, claimed home victories over Porto and Dinamo Zagreb in this season’s tournament before crushing Valencia in the last round will have their hands full as they attempt to scale their toughest hurdle so far.
Les Parisiens, who are aiming at their second Champions League semi-final ever can be backed at 19/5 (4.80) to defeat Barcelona at Parc des Princes while the same firm go 13/5 (3.60) that the match ends in a no winner, no vanquished situation.
Former Barcelona goal getter, Zlatan Ibrahimovic who made 29 Liga appearances for the Spanish side, is currently on the pay roll of the hosts and the Swedish international is subject of Ladbroke’s ‘curtain raiser’ offer for this match, with the odds compiled offering 5/1 (6.00) that the lanky forward gets the first goal of the night and (2.37) to score at anytime. While Lionel Messi who has seven goals to his credit this term is back favorite at 3/1 (4.00) to open the flood gate of goals.
Should Barcelona go down against PSG, they are favoured at 8/1 (9.00) to come from behind and win considering their intimidating attacking forays, while 17/1 (18.00) is on offer by the same firm to see the home team come from a goal down to grab maximum points should also be carefully considered by punters.
Nevertheless, expect this match to be a little less frenetic than others, and the price of 9/2 (4.50) for Barcelona to win for under 2.5 goals looks tempting.