Barcelona demonstrated in the previous round of the Champions League, that they are fallible after all as they went down 2-0 to AC Milan in the first leg of the pair’s last 16 tie. Of course they subsequently turned things around at the Camp Nou but their loss in the San Siro will nevertheless offer some encouragement to Paris St Germain as they look to topple the Catalan Giants in the quarter final.
Nevertheless, it’s bit of a stretch to expect Tito Vilanova’s charges to perform as badly as they did in Italy again but neither should they blow the hosts away in the French capital where a close encounter is on the cards.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men, BetVictor’s 22/5 outsiders, are defensively sound and can frustrate Barca up to a point while the fact that Zalatan Ibrahimovic is available having had a suspension reduced means they will also pose a significant threat at the other end, especially as Carles Puyol is injured.
The La Liga leaders are 3/4 via bet365 to emerge victorious in the Parc des Princes but although they’re worthy favourites, they won’t have it all their own way and Stan James’ 4/5 for both teams to get on the scoresheet isn’t without appeal.
It could also be an entertaining encounter in Germany as Bayern Munich tackle Juventus at the Allianz Arena. The Bundesliga outfit prepared for the clash in tremendous style, hammering Hamburg 9-2 at the weekend but the Italian side are in excellent shape themselves and after Jupp Heynckes’ charges badly suffered from the jitters against Arsenal in the last round, the Bianconeri will fancy their chances.
It therefore seems like another clash in which both sides will get on the scoresheet, an outcome Coral chalk up at 10/11 on this occasion while Paddy Power make Munich 4/6 to edge it and BetVictor quote a 2-1 home triumph at 17/2.