Paris Saint-Germain may be without a raft of first-team staples ahead of Barcelona’s Champions League quarter-final first leg visit, but there are just as many stats as there are key absences saying they won’t lose tonight.
Luis Enrique’s soaring Los Blaugrana outfit have assumed short-price, 4/5 favouritism ahead of their Parc des Princes sojourn, despite losing at this venue when the pair collided in the competition’s group stage earlier in the campaign.
The hosts can be backed at 7/2 to inflict another defeat on the Catalunyans, while it’s 14/5 about the tie ending honours even, but for those of a more conservative mindset there is a tasty even-money payday to be had backing Les Parisiens not to lose in the double-chance stakes.
Should Laurent Blanc’s troops dodge defeat on home turf those to have backed the outcome using their £30 free bet sign up bonus awarded for opening an account at bwin.com will pocket a cool £30 profit.
Here are just a few of the factors saying this is a fantastic bet:
Barcelona haven’t won in France since 2001.
This period of time includes four trips to the land of good cheese and fine wine, the most recent pair pitting them against Les Rouges et Bleus.
The aforementioned meeting earlier in the competition ended 3-2 to PSG, while they drew 2-2 when they met at this stage two years prior.
Barca’s record in these four games stands at three draws and one defeat.
No visiting adversary has been able to claim the spoils at the Parc des Princes this term.
In total 24 teams have failed to topple Blanc’s side at base camp this term.
Barcelona are obviously among the two dozen, as are rivals of similar magnitude Chelsea, Lyon and Monaco (twice).
PSG are yet to taste defeat this season without Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Their Swedish talisman will be suspended for both legs of this one following a red card picked up against Chelsea on their previous Champions League outing.
It will be the 18th time this term they step into battle without their chief line-leader, but it shouldn’t affect their prospects of success if the previous 17 instances are anything to go by.
The French capital club have won 12 and drawn five minus Ibrahimovic.
Bank on the hosts to score.
Across 13 meetings with Spanish sides, PSG have only failed to ripple the net once.
In six Champions League duels with tonight’s Catalan foes, they have rustled the onion bag ten times in total, which is exactly the same number as their opponents have managed.
It renders the 18/25 about both teams bagging here a decent failsafe if the double-chance wager doesn’t come in.