Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain will meet almost eight months after they battled each other in the UEFA Champions League final for the right to progress to the last four of this season’s competition.
Kingsley Coman’s sole goal was enough to give the Germans the win on the night at the Estadio da Luz, Benfica, Portugal and give the Bundesliga outfit their sixth overall title. Indeed, what was perhaps more impressive was the fact that they managed to go through the entire campaign with a 100% winning record; becoming the only team in history to do that.
Furthermore, that was the only game in which PSG have failed to score in when it comes down to their involvement in the UEFA Champions League; something they will be wanting to get revenge on, no doubt and showed how good they could be in front of goal when they obliterated FC Barcelona.
With many sports betting fans set to head to sites such as online-betting.jp to wager on the action that is set to take place, let’s take a look at what each team will look like.
FC Bayern Munich
The biggest concern that Hans-Dieter Flick will have is that he will need to find someone who can cover the absence of Robert Lewandowski. The impressive Polish striker was injured on international duty and is set to miss a significant amount of game-time, and potentially including the two matches against PSG.
However, the German’s have a squad that is envious and they have players that are able to score from all positions; whether it be Serge Gnabry from out wide, Thomas Muller from the middle of the park, or even Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting could step in and punish his former club.
Flick does have a number of players returning, though, with the likes of Alphonso Davies and Jerome Boateng both returning after missing out of the Bundesliga win against RB Leipzig at the weekend because of suspension.
The game does come too quickly for Corentin Tolisso and Douglas Costa, though, with both out on the treatment table for a little longer.
PSG will look slightly different to the side that FC Bayern Munich faced in last season’s UEFA Champions League final, with Thomas Tuchel now in charge of Chelsea. Mauricio Pochettino has since come in and has had a rather difficult start to life in the French capital.
Of course, he was the manager in charge of the side that destroyed FC Barcelona, but his team’s performances in Ligue 1 recently can not go unnoticed. Nonetheless, the UEFA Champions League provides a different challenge.
PSG will be without Leandro Paredes for the first leg through suspension, so expect Ander Herrera to return to the midfield. Danilo Pereira will also likely miss out through injury, whilst Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi both miss out due to testing positive for COVID.
The injury concerns continue to stack up as Layvin Kurzawa continues to struggle with a calf issue, so expect Abdou Diallo to maintain his position. However, Mauro Icardi could return and feature, although Moise Kean might be preferred.
Neymar Jr might have been sent off against LOSC Lille at the weekend, but expect him to retain his place in the side, as will Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe.
Although it will likely be a tight affair, FC Bayern Munich should come out on top of this game at the Allianz Arena. Both sides are stacked with attacking talent, and despite the absence of Lewandowski, the German’s should still have too much for the Parisians on the night. Nonetheless, both teams should score a goal, so entertainment should be on offer!