A have a look at what’s taking place in European soccer on Wednesday:
PSG vs. BARCELONA (first leg: 4-1)
Paris Saint-Germain would be the heavy favourite to achieve the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the second straight season because it defends a 4-1 lead in opposition to Barcelona when the edges meet for the second leg of their spherical of 16 match.
PSG will probably be with out star ahead Neymar, who will not get to face his previous membership as he continues his restoration from an adductor damage. However winger Angel Di Maria might begin in a three-man assault together with Kylian Mbappe and striker Mauro Icardi.
Barcelona additionally has damage issues to take care of in protection. Veteran middle half Gerard Pique is sidelined after spraining his proper knee final week and Ronald Araujo (left ankle) can be out.
Barcelona’s type has picked up and it stays unbeaten in 16 league video games, having additionally reached the Copa del Rey ultimate final week. Barca knocked PSG out on the identical stage 4 years in the past, successful 6-1 at residence after dropping 4-Zero in Paris.
LIVERPOOL vs. LEIPZIG (first leg: 2-0)
The Champions League is Liverpool’s final path to a trophy this season. Profitable a seventh European Cup is also the one manner again into the competitors subsequent season after mounting a Premier League title protection so pitiful that the staff is seven factors from the highest 4.
Liverpool is unable to stage the sport at Anfield as a result of pandemic journey restrictions with Budapest, Hungary getting used as the choice venue. However which may not be a nasty factor given Liverpool has misplaced six successive residence video games. The one blip in Leipzig’s final 9 video games throughout all competitions was its 2-Zero loss to Liverpool within the first leg.
Uncharacteristic defensive lapses from Marcel Sabitzer and Nordi Mukiele gave the Premier League champions the benefit for the second leg, however Leipzig has bounced again with 4 wins within the Bundesliga and is assured of chopping out these defensive errors. Speedy winger Angelio is out of the sport.
Atltico Madrid hosts Athletic Bilbao trying to enhance its Spanish league result in six factors over second-place Barcelona. The highest three golf equipment within the standings can have performed 26 instances after Wednesday’s match on the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Atltico allowed Barcelona to maneuver nearer to the highest after conceding an 88th-minute equalizer within the residence derby in opposition to Actual Madrid on Sunday. Madrid, the defending champion, is 5 factors behind Atltico. Athletic is sitting eighth within the league standings and is coming off a house win in opposition to Granada.
Manchester Metropolis hosts Southampton recent from seeing its 21-game successful run ended by a 2-Zero loss to Manchester United. The defeat wasn’t so damaging with Pep Guardiola’s facet main the Premier League by 11 factors. Southampton ended a run of 4 video games with out a win on Saturday by beating Sheffield United to take a seat 14th in standings.
Arminia Bielefeld has the prospect to go away the Bundesliga’s relegation zone with a win over visiting Werder Bremen of their rescheduled 20th spherical sport. The edges have been supposed to fulfill on Feb. 7 however the sport was known as off as a result of heavy snowfall round Bielefeld.
The hosts hope to finish their six-game winless run. Sunday’s scoreless draw with Union Berlin was a hit in Frank Kramer’s first sport as coach in that the staff had conceded three objectives or extra in every of its earlier 5 video games. Bremen, which solely survived through a playoff final season, can be not secure. Florian Kohfeldt’s staff is simply eight factors above Bielefeld.
Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli takes cost of Marseille for the primary time with a house sport in opposition to Rennes. That sport was postponed on Jan. 30 after indignant Marseille followers stormed the coaching floor in a bid to stress the membership’s unpopular president to go away. He has since achieved so and, after former coach Andre Villas-Boas resigned, the membership employed Sampaoli.
Morale is low among the many gamers after final weekend’s humiliating French Cup defeat to a fourth-tier facet. Issues aren’t nice both at Rennes, the place coach Bruno Genesio can be main his staff for the primary time following Julien Stephan’s resignation. Each side are off form, with Marseille eighth and Rennes solely 10th.
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