European soccer matchday: Barcelona purpose for combeack in Champions League; Man Metropolis face Southampton in Premier League
Barcelona misplaced the primary leg of the spherical of 16 match in opposition to PSG 4-1.
A have a look at what’s taking place in European soccer on Wednesday/Thursday:
PSG vs Barcelona (first leg: 4-1)
Paris Saint-Germain will probably be heavy favourites to achieve the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the second straight season as they defend 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 harm. However winger Angel Di Maria might begin in a three-man assault together with Kylian Mbappe and striker Mauro Icardi.
Barcelona even have harm issues to take care of in defence. Veteran middle half Gerard Pique is sidelined after spraining his proper knee final week and Ronald Araujo (left ankle) can also be out. Barcelona’s kind has picked up they usually stay unbeaten in 16 league video games, having additionally reached the Copa del Rey closing final week. Barcelona knocked PSG out on the similar stage 4 years in the past, successful 6-1 at house after shedding 4-0 in Paris.
Liverpool vs Leipzig (first leg: 2-0)
The Champions League is Liverpool’s final path to a trophy this season. Successful a seventh European Cup may be the one means again into the competitors subsequent season after mounting a Premier League title defence so pitiful that the staff is seven factors from the highest 4. Liverpool are unable to stage the sport at Anfield resulting from pandemic journey restrictions — with Budapest, Hungary getting used as the choice venue. However which may not be a nasty factor given Liverpool have misplaced six successive house video games.
The one blip in Leipzig’s final 9 video games throughout all competitions was their 2-0 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 have bounced again with 4 wins within the Bundesliga and are assured of slicing out these defensive errors. Speedy winger Angeliño is out of the sport.
Atlético Madrid host Athletic Bilbao seeking to improve their Spanish league result in six factors over second-place Barcelona. The highest three golf equipment within the standings may have performed 26 instances after Wednesday’s match on the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Atlético allowed Barcelona to maneuver nearer to the highest after conceding an 88th-minute equalizer within the house derby in opposition to Actual Madrid on Sunday. Madrid, the defending champion, are 5 factors behind Atlético. Athletic are sitting eighth within the league standings and are coming off a house win in opposition to Granada.
Manchester Metropolis host Southampton recent from seeing their 21-game successful run ended by a 2-0 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 and not using a win on Saturday by beating Sheffield United to take a seat 14th in standings.
Arminia Bielefeld have the possibility to depart the Bundesliga’s relegation zone with a win over visiting Werder Bremen of their rescheduled twentieth spherical recreation. The perimeters had been supposed to satisfy on 7 February however the recreation was referred to as off resulting from 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 recreation as coach in that the staff had conceded three targets or extra in every of their earlier 5 video games. Bremen, who solely survived by way of a playoff final season, are additionally not protected. 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 recreation in opposition to Rennes. That recreation was postponed on 30 January after indignant Marseille followers stormed the coaching floor in a bid to stress the membership’s unpopular president to depart. He has since carried out 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 are usually not nice both at Rennes, the place coach Bruno Genesio can also be main his staff for the primary time following Julien Stephan’s resignation. Each side are out of shape, with Marseille eighth and Rennes solely tenth.
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