Preview: Barcelona vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Preview: Barcelona vs. Paris Saint-Germain
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Sports Mole previews the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final clash between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou.

Paris Saint-Germain travel to Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday knowing that any victory would be enough to book their spot in the semi-finals of the competition.

The two sides played out a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their quarter-final clash last week, but Barcelona will be confident of advancing into the next round having won each of their last six Champions League quarter-finals.

The home side enter the match on the back of a thumping 5-0 win over Real Mallorca at the weekend, while PSG also continued their pursuit of the Ligue 1 title with a 2-0 victory over Rennes, making it three wins from their last four league matches.

Lionel Messi is not expected to recover in time to start the match, but could be named on the bench by boss Tito Vilanova. His spot in the team should go to Cesc Fabregas, fresh off the back of a hat-trick against Mallorca at the weekend.

Carlos Puyol and Javier Mascherano are also both injured, meaning that Alex Song could drop into the defence alongside Gerard Pique. Meanwhile, Alexis Sanchez and David Villa are also both expected to start.

PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, is expected to recall Marco Verratti at the expense of David Beckham, but Maxwell should continue at left-back, with Mamadou Sakho having to make do with a place on the bench.

Recent form:

Barcelona: WDDWW


Possible lineups:

Barcelona: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Song, Alba; Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets; Sanchez, Fabregas, Villa

PSG: Sirigu; Jallet, Silva, Alex, Maxwell; Lucas, Verratti, Matuidi, Pastore; Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic

Sports Mole says: 3-1

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