The Champions League is in play again tomorrow, with some of Europe’s biggest clubs in action.
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Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Bayern Munich all currently sit in first place in their respective domestic leagues, while Porto sits second in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Both matches kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET, and you can follow all the action right here.
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Barcelona
The two sides meet for the third time this competition after being paired together earlier in the group stage. PSG won the first meeting in Paris 3-2, while Barcelona won at Camp Nou 3-1. But PSG will face an uphill battle if they wish to beat Barcelona again, as Laurent Blanc’s side will be without some of his best players. Thiago Silva and David Luiz are both out with hamstring injuries, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic is suspended following his red card against Chelsea in the round of 16.
To make matters worse for PSG, Barcelona have been nearly unstoppable as of late. The Catalans have won 30 of the last 34 matches in all competitions, and Lionel Messi is on 45 goals for the season. Barcelona is the favorite, but if PSG showed us anything last round against Chelsea, you can never count out Les Parisiens.
Porto vs. Bayern Munich
While Bayern Munich may be the bookies favorite to lift the Champions League trophy in May, the German giants must first get past a tricky test in Portugal. FC Porto has yet to lose in the Champions League this season and face a Munich side riddled with injuries. Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger will all be missing from Pep Guardiola’s midfield, with injuries in the defense to David Alaba and Mehdi Benatia.
The last time Porto reached the semifinals of the competition was back in 2004, when they won it all under the leadership of Jose Mourinho. Now with Julen Lopetegui in charge, the Portuguese side is chasing European glory again. Unfortunately for Lopetegui, he could be forced to play without his top scorer Jackson Martinez, who is doubtful for the clash while nursing a hamstring injury.