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Suspensions and Barcelona’s insane front 3 cost PSG in combi XI

| 15.04.2015

After a goal-free Madrid derby, the onus is on Paris St-Germain and Barcelona to provide the thrills and spills on the second night of Champions League quarter-final, first legs.

To celebrate such a mouth-watering contest, it only feels right to don the bowtie and pick up the drinks shaker before mixing together a tasty blend of these two fantastic squads.

PSG are deemed the 19/5 outsiders for the win despite a series of positive factors.

The Parisians ejected Chelsea from the competition in the last round, have already defeated Barcelona at the Parc des Princes in the group stage and boast a 33-game unbeaten record at home in Europe.

However, as you’ll see from our mix and match it’s one hell of a team they are up against.

Barcelona are kitted out with arguably the most devastating strike force ever assembled in club football, and unlike their hosts have most of a full squad to choose from so plenty of punters will be lapping up 3/4 on the visitors.


As the only undisputed number one across the squads PSG’s Salvatore Sirigu gets the nod between the sticks while only suspension for Dani Alves prevents a 3-1 back four win for Barca in front of the Italian stopper.

Again, Marco Verratti’s costly yellow card at Stamford Bridge prevents the colossal Italian from nudging out the ever efficient Sergio Busquets at the base of midfield, while Tiago Motta’s thigh injury puts him out of contention as well.

The last PSG player to earn his stripes therefore is French international Blaise Matuidi who has energy to burn and a handy eye for goal too.

From there on in it is a Barcelona cakewalk, made even simpler by the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovich, as the super Swede is also banned.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.