Barcelona vs. PSG: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info for UCL Match

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2017

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 14: Andres Iniesta of FC Barcelona and Edinson Cavani of PSG (left) in action during UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona at Parc des Princes on February 14, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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Barcelona will try to do the impossible on Wednesday, as they host Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League tie looking to turn around the 4-0 defeat in France.

Les Parisiens dominated the Catalan giants in the first leg, but Barcelona have since found some much-needed momentum. The task seems impossible, but Barcelona are one of the few teams that have the scoring potential to do so.

Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming clash.

Date: Wednesday, 8 March

Time: 7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona

TV Info: BT Sport 2 (UK), Fox Sports 1 (U.S.)

Live Stream: BT Sport app, Fox Soccer 2Go

Team News

According to WhoScored.com, Jeremy Mathieu and Aleix Vidal are Barcelona's only absentees.

PSG travel to Spain with several question marks, as Angel Di Maria, Adrien Rabiot and Thiago Motta are doubts. Thiago Silva missed the first leg through injury, but he's expected to start on Wednesday.

Possible Barcelona XI: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti, Gerard Pique, Ivan Rakitic, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Rafinha, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi

Possible PSG XI: Kevin Trapp, Thomas Meunier, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Layvin Kurzawa, Marco Verratti, Adrien Rabiot, Blaise Matuidi, Angel Di Maria, Julian Draxler, Edinson Cavani

Preview

PSG's win over Barcelona in Paris was arguably the best performance any team has put together in Europe's top club competition this season—a dominant showing against one of the favourites for the title.

The 4-0 advantage is massive heading into the second leg, and overturning it seems almost impossible. As the Champions League's official Twitter account shared, scoring once against the Ligue 1 champions is tough enough as it is:

The Catalans have reasons for optimism, however. After a difficult period that culminated with manager Luis Enrique announcing he won't return next season, per Sport, Barcelona have rediscovered their form, scoring a combined 11 goals in their last two matches.

Against Celta Vigo, the Camp Nou even vocally backed Enrique after weeks of animosity. The fans expressed their belief a miracle is possible during the match, and afterwards, Enrique did the same.

Per the club's official website, he said: "Against PSG we will have the chance to get back into the tie, and we'll keep going until the very last breath. We know that the fans will be behind us, and we have reason to believe. We'll try to create the kind of atmosphere where the supporters can help us more than usual."

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 04: Lionel Messi (C) of FC Barcelona celebrates after his teammate Samuel Umtiti scored his team's fourth goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RC Celta de Vigo at Camp Nou stadium on March 4, 2017 in Barcelona, S
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The trio of Messi, Neymar and Suarez packs arguably more scoring potential than any group of players in the world. Scoring four goals against elite opposition isn't out of the question for the Blaugrana.

Not conceding will be the bigger issue, however. PSG found all kinds of success out wide in the first leg, particularly through Meunier, and Cavani is in the form of his life.

A spectacular outing filled with goals seems likely, but don't expect the La Liga giants to pull this one off.

Prediction: Barcelona 3-1 PSG

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