Top Goalscorers (UCL)
Paris Saint-Germain: Kylian Mbappe - 8
Bayern Munich: Robert Lewandowski - 5
Paris Saint-Germain: Marquinhos (adductor), Keylor Navas (muscle), Mauro Icardi (thigh), Layvin Kurzawa (calf)
Bayern Munich: Douglas Costa (foot), Robert Lewandowski (knee), Corentin Tolisso (thigh), Marc Roca (unspecified), Serge Gnabry (illness)
These two global powers will meet in the rematch of last season’s UCL final on Wednesday for the 11th time. Bayern and PSG have split their 10 previous matchups, which most recently resulted in a 1-0 win for the Bavarians to deliver their sixth Champions League crown.
The likelihood of a draw may not be in the cards, as the two clubs have never ended in a stalemate since first meeting in 1994/95 campaign.
Injuries are piling up for both sides, but PSG still benefits from taking the first leg and winning the match with three away goals.
Ultimately, no Robert Lewandowski is massive for Bayern Munich for the second straight UCL encounter against Paris. Bayern’s star goal scorer will be severely missed once again, especially when PSG’s back line is depleted.
Even with a number of Bayern injuries up front, the Germans should still manage chances with PSG’s shaky defense, but the question becomes who can find the back of the net for Bayern?
Leon Goretzka will be a needed spark in the attacking third with Lewandowski, Coman and Gnabry all sidelined. Meanwhile, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting will need to have a huge match against his former club if Bayern are to advance.
Conversely, PSG knows what it needs to do. With Neymar and Mbappe fit, it’s their task to go to work and put this tie to bed. We witnessed Mbappe’s spark in the first leg, and it’s quite clear that this game will open up a lot as Bayern chases a comeback victory.
That bodes well for PSG, who have one of the best counter attacks in the world.
Prediction: PSG 2-1