By News Team
16th February 2021
After months of waiting, Europe’s premier club competition is back with a bang with Paris Saint–Germain travelling to Barcelona and Liverpool taking on RB Leipzig for the first time in their history.
We take a look at this week’s stand-out last 16 fixtures here…
PSG to heal their Camp Nou scars?
Tuesday night sees Paris Saint-Germain travel to the Camp Nou to face Barcelona for the first time since that famous night back in 2017. The last time Barcelona and PSG met was in the 2016/17 Champions League round of 16, where the Catalan side became the first and only side to qualify for the next round following a 4+ goals first-leg margin of defeat. Barca somehow overcame the odds to win 6-1, having lost the first leg 4-0, to dump PSG out of the competition in style.
Will PSG be able to heal those scars? Well, history suggests not. Only one French side have ever defeated Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the Champions League and that came back in 1984 through Metz. Since then, no French side have managed to defeat Barca in 10 attempts. The Spanish are currently priced as 21/20 favourites to be victorious on Tuesday evening.
Although PSG have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League for the ninth consecutive season, including last season’s final, they are still looking to win the competition for the first time in their history. The French giants do not have the greatest of records when playing in Spain with their last away win against a Spanish side in the knockout stages coming eight years ago against Valencia. PSG, who will be without talisman and former Barca star Neymar, head into this fixture as the 12/5 underdogs.
Liverpool to bounce back in Europe?
RB Leipzig and Liverpool go head-to-head for the first time ever in competitive competition but who will come out on top in this intriguing fixture?
In recent weeks, Liverpool have struggled to get back to their best, losing once again at the weekend, this time to Leicester. But they will head into Tuesday’s fixture with some confidence given their record against German sides. The Reds are unbeaten in their last five away games against German sides in all competitions, with their last defeat coming in 2002 against Bayer Leverkusen. Although Liverpool have been all at sea domestically, they are still clear favourites ahead of Tuesday’s tie, priced at 6/5 for a first-leg win.
In recent times, Leipzig have become accustomed to playing English sides, with this being their third English opponent in the Champions League since the start of 2020, eliminating Spurs in last season’s round of 16 and impressively finishing ahead of Manchester United in this season’s group stages. Sitting second in the Bundesliga, they’re also in a decent position form-wise and are 2/1 for victory here.
The main man to watch for Leipzig this week could be their wing-back Angelino, who recently turned his loan move from Manchester City into a permanent one after some fantastic displays this term. Angelino has had a hand in six Champions League goals this season and is currently priced at 18/5 to find the back of the net here.
Dortmund to end their away day woes?
Wednesday evening sees Borussia Dortmund travel to Sevilla as these two sides face each other for only the second time in their history.
Sevilla have made it through to the knockout stages of the Champions League for the fifth time this season, but they have only made it past the last 16 once, so could struggle here. That said, Sevilla have hosted German opposition 12 times previously in European competition with their only loss coming against Bayern Munich in 2018. Four of Sevilla’s last seven Champions League goals, meanwhile, have been scored by Youssef En-Nesyri and the Moroccan is priced at 10/11 to score against Dortmund.
Dortmund have made it through to the knockout stages of the Champions League for the seventh time from their last eight attempts, but their record away from home in the knockout stages could be a cause for concern. Dortmund have lost their last six away games in the knockout stages, conceding 14 goals and scoring only two in the process. The German giants are currently priced at 2/1 to defeat their Spanish opponents this time around, with Sevilla the 11/8 favourites.