A very attractive pre-season friendly takes place on Saturday evening as big spending Paris St Germain take on Spanish giants Barcelona as Paddy Power report free bets and announce plenty of interest in Zlatan Ibrahimovic to find the net.
Both teams will of course be looking to prepare for the start of their domestic campaigns with a decent workout in this match, but the result will be important too. Winning is a habit and both PSG and Barcelona are eyeing successful seasons.
A victory would be particularly valuable for PSG who would love to set a marker down ahead of the new season. They have spent an incredible amount of money this summer and hope it sees them challenge for all major honours over the next few months.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the line for the French side, it is sure to be a fascinating contest as the Swedish striker lines up against his former club. He has already scored for his new club – against DC United – and now he will want to double his tally.
Looking at PSG’s pre-season results as a whole, they are unbeaten so far and appear to be settling well ahead of the new campaign. Now comes the biggest test so far for Carlo Ancelotti’s men as they take on Barcelona.
As for the Spanish team, they will of course be aiming to regain the La Liga title this season after Real Madrid beat them to it last time out. Preparation for this title bid is already underway and they will be hoping to get a confidence boosting victory this weekend.
This is only Barcelona’s second friendly of pre-season, with a victory over Hamburger SV so far. They of course have plenty of Spanish players who were involved in the Euro 2012 victory, so it is a case of easing back in for many.
However, the fact that they have a La Liga title to win – as well as a Champions League medal to aim for – will motivate them to be fully focused on club matters once again.
Overall, with several world-class players on show, this should be an excellent pre-season friendly that could have a more competitive edge than most.