Suarez firing on all cylinders as Barca prepare for PSG battle
PSG, massive 25/1 outsiders with Coral to progress to the semi-finals, have a formidable task ahead if they are to rescue their Champions League hopes and overturn a 3-1 deficit at Barcelona, after being thoroughly outplayed in the first leg.
With stalwarts and namesakes Thiago Silva and Thiago Motta both ruled out of the Nou Camp clash due to injury, the Parisians’ spine will already be vulnerable to the Catalan club’s attacks.
So, Laurent Blanc’s boys must score three without conceding to smuggle passage to the semi-finals, and are 11/1 to notch that many or more.
The return of former Barca buy Zlatan Ibrahimovic should aid the Ligue 1 giants significantly and, as England fans should know, the Sweden superstar is more than capable of producing the goods when needed.
At an excellent price of 8/1 to open the scoring, after doing so the last time these two teams tussled in Catalonia, or 14/1 to bag a brace or better, Ibrahimovic will need to be at his brilliant best to beat Barca.
Should the giant Swede need support, Edinson Cavani (7/2 in the anytime market) will be on hand, though the Uruguay frontman has much to prove after his poor performance last time out.
Brazilian wing wizard Lucas Moura (6/1), meanwhile, will battle it out with Argentine attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi (also 6/1) for the final forward spot, with playmaker Javier Pastore conducting from a deeper position.
PSG must go for the jugular if they are to survive, but this is always a dangerous tactic against Barca, who possess so much pace and potency on the counter, and are expert at pressing to win possession. So, with such an exciting array of players on display, back both teams at 10/1 to be on target in both halves.
The Nou Camp hosts, meanwhile, are unbeaten in 12 and boast just one stumble in their past 24 outings, which makes them odds-on at 4/11 for victory over 90 minutes, or 3/1 to fire home three or more.
Majestic Lionel Messi will be aiming to surpass 400 strikes across all competitions for his club, and has eight in Champions League appearances alone this season, which makes the magician an exciting 11/4 to open the scoring.
Despite Messi’s magnificence, it was Luis Suarez who stole the headlines in Paris by bagging a brilliant brace and doggedly terrorising David Luiz. The striker finally seems to have settled, and is a superb chance at 7/2 to score two or more again, while Neymar will also be gunning for glory, and is 4/1 to snatch the last goal.