It’s time for the Champions League again this week with the first half of the round of 16 to be played. On Tuesday, PSG are at home to Barcelona while Borussia Dortmund travel to Portugal to play Benfica. With so much at stake who are the Champions League tips for success?
Paris St-Germain v Barcelona Tips and Analysis
When you look at their recent matches it’s hard to believe that either team are under pressure to do better but with both Paris St-Germain and Barca second in their respective tables the heat is on to do well in this game. Barca boss Luis Enrique is under particular stress with his team a point behind perennial rivals Real Madrid in La Liga, having played two games more.
PSG have taken a while to get into their stride but now look to be in great form in Ligue 1 as they hunt down leaders Monaco. Edinson Cavani has underlined his reputation as one of the best strikers in Europe, leading the goalscoring charts both in France and in the race for the Golden Shoe having scored 25 times this season.
The French side will only be without the suspended Thiago Motta and the long term injury victim Javier Pastore. Barcelona have Gerard Pique back in their squad after being rested in their 6-0 victory over Alaves along with Rafinha who has recovered from a broken nose.
Benfica v Borussia Dortmund Tips and Analysis
It’s been a tough season for Borussia Dortmund. Thomas Tuchel’s side have struggled to fourth in the Bundesliga despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goals and they were dreadful in their away defeat to bottom side Darmstadt 98 at the weekend. The only player who came out of that game with any credit was keeper Roman Burki for keeping Darmstadt down to two.
Benfica on the other hand lead the Primera League in Portugal by a point having stuffed Arouca 3-0 at the weekend. Rui Vitoria’s side should no doubt be full of confidence that they can get something from the game having bounced back from two away defeats at the end of January.
With key players like Mario Gotze and Lukasz Piszczek potentially out, Dortmund could be stretched in Portugal. However, Benfica will also be without key defender Lisandro Lopez themselves.
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