Top Goalscorers (UCL)
Paris Saint-Germain: Kylian Mbappe - 6
Bayern Munich: Robert Lewandowski - 5
Paris Saint-Germain: Leandro Paredes (suspended), Marco Verratti (illness), Juan Bernat (knee), Alessandro Florenzi (illness), Mauro Icardi (thigh), Layvin Kurzawa (calf), Danilo (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.
If there’s ever a time PSG is going to manage to rise to the occasion and unburden themselves of past failures in big spots, this would be that time. PSG are clear favorites with Bayern missing two of their biggest attacking stars in Lewandowski and Gnabry.
Additionally, PSG has a healthy front three for nearly the first time all season, with Mbappe, Neymar and Angel di Maria all available to take the pitch against Bayern.
Last season’s UCL final certainly could’ve gone either way, and if PSG really want to be taken seriously with the amount of money and public interest surrounding the organization, a win Wednesday would go a long way.
The match really comes down to how Leon Goretzka and the undermanned Bayern attack can capitalize on the counterattack. Expect PSG to hold the ball for long spells and Neymar and Mbappe, in particular, to get after wing backs Alphonso Davies and Benjamin Pavard.
That said, Bayern have managed to win seven straight across all competitions, including victories over Lazio, Dortmund and RB Leipzig.There’s certainly no counting this team out of anything, but ultimately their goal is to survive this first leg and inspire hope that Lewandowski can help complete the job in the reverse fixture.
Prediction: PSG 2-1