Bayern Munich vs PSG

PREVIEW: BAYERN MUNICH VS PSG, WITH LEWANDOWSKI OUT LES PARISIANS WOULD FANCY THEIR CHANCES THIS TIME AROUND

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Just over seven months on from their final in Lisbon, Bayern Munich and PSG are set to clash in the Champions League again, this time in the quarterfinals. The French champions visit Allianz Arena on Wednesday night for the first leg in what is set to be an engaging tie.

Bayern come into the match on the back off a professional 1-0 win in a top of the table encounter with RB Leipzig. The victory was their seventh in a row across competitions, a run which includes a 6-2 aggregate triumph in the Round of 16 over Lazio.

 

 

PSG will be looking to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Lille which left them second in the league, three points behind their opponents on Saturday. The French giants have had a stop-start season but comfortably defeated Barcelona 5-2 on aggregate in the previous round.

 

Neymar was sent off for PSG as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Lille on Saturday (Courtesy: Fox Sports)

 

TEAM NEWS

The defending champions will be missing their talisman Robert Lewandowski who picked up a knee injury while on international duty with Poland. He joins Douglas Costa and Corentin Tolisso on the sidelines who have metatarsal and thigh injuries respectively.

Bayern Munich Probable Lineup: Neuer; Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Coman, Muller, Sane; Gnabry

 

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Lewandowski sustained an injury while with Poland (Courtesy: Twitter/Robert Lewandowski)

 

PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino will be without the services of Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi, both of whom tested positive for Covid-19. Leandro Paredes is suspended for the first leg while Mauro Icardi, Danilo, Layvin Kurzawa and Pablo Sarabia are all injury doubts. Juan Bernat is a long-term absentee due to the ACL tear he suffered earlier in the season

PSG Probable Lineup: Navas; Kehrer, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo; Gueye, Herrera, Di Maria; Neymar, Kean, Mbappe

 

GAME CHANGERS

Thomas Muller has been creator in chief for the Bavarians this season, leading the Bundesliga’s assist charts. His movement between the lines will be key for bypassing PSG’s robust midfield of Gueye and Herrera.

Leon Goretzka will be the other man to watch out for in Bayern’s midfield. The German scored the winner at the weekend, his third goal in four matches in the league. His partnership with Kimmich has been integral to Bayern’s success under Flick and the duo will be looking to run the show once again.

 

 

PSG will rely on the usual suspects – Neymar and Mbappe – to get in behind the German side’s defence. Neymar however has had a poor campaign, struggling with injuries and suspensions. Mbappe up against Davies on PSG’s left is a mouth-watering match up that could decide the tie.

Angel di Maria will be tasked with unlocking the key to supply PSG’s strike line. Whether he can stand his own in what is likely to be a physical midfield can be the decisive factor in his side’s success.

 

PREDICTIONS

Bayern have been a well-oiled machine under Hansi Flick and are marching on to another Bundesliga title. PSG meanwhile have regressed since last season’s Champions League final and have a lengthy injury list. However, the absence of arguably the world’s best player in Lewandowski means that FootTheBall predicts a closer match, Bayern Munich 3-1 PSG.

 

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