Dembele was just the man who saved Barcelona a precious point on Saturday night away a Wanda Metropolitano. Blaugrana just failed to do anything on the opposition half throughput the 90 minutes of play. They went down late in the second half after Diego Costa’s header stunned Marc Andre ter Stegen. That’s when Ernesto Valverde brought Ousmane Dembele on and the Frenchman responded with a beautiful goal after a pass from Lionel Messi. Luis Suarez will miss two weeks of action as he undergoes stem cell treatment on his right knee.
Barca may be massive favorites to win here, but we fancy PSV scoring a goal. The visitors conceded at least a goal in each of last four matches. They lost 3-4 to Real Betis before the international break. On the other side, the Peasants scored at least once in each of three Champions League outings and they bagged as many as seven in back-to-back domestic wins over de Graafschap and Heerenveen.
While PSV has scored 1 goal or less in 16 of their last 20 away European games, going on to win 1, draw 3 and lose 12 of these matches.
PSV have conceded precisely 1 goal in 3 of their last 20 away European games, going on to win 1, draw 1 and lose 1 of these matches.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen (GK); Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal; Dembélé, Messi, Coutinho.
PSV: Zoet (GK); Dumfries, Schwaab, Viergever, Angeliño; Rosario, Pereiro, Hendrix; Lozano, De Jong, Bergwijn.
My PlayerzPot XI:
Barcelona is on the victory route and winning this one won’t be a task.