Bayern Munich vs PSG preview, betting tips and predictions: Group leaders to end campaign in style in Bavaria
PSG to win and BTTS @ 11/4 with Betfair
The Draw @ 13/5 with Betfair
PSG to win 2-1 @ 9/1 with Betfair
A lot was made of PSG’s summer Champions League when they splashed out on Neymar in a mind-boggling world record transfer, but their chances were increased when they secured Kylian Mbappe as well. The two of them have joined Edinson Cavani in making the most feared attacking trident in the game arguably, so they will naturally be among the favourites for success.
Being drawn into a group alongside another team backed to go far, Bayern Munich, was going to be a tough test. The 2013 champions are not the force of old, but their experience and quality mean they cannot be counted out or written off. Gaining just a point at the Allianz Arena will see PSG top the group, though the only difference between the sides is their win in Paris which ended Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern reign. There is little doubt the Germans, now under the man who led them to that success four years ago, Jupp Heynckes, will be keen to get revenge.
It’ll be tight, but PSG have the extra quality to come out on top.
Both of these sides have been impressive so far in Europe, but it is PSG who have looked the better. Not just because of their 3-0 win at the Parc des Princes, which was the last straw for Carlo Ancelotti, but also in their other games too. Neymar and co. have scored 24 goals in just five matches, including 12 in two against Celtic. They recovered from a goal to hammer Brendan Rodgers’ side 7-1 at home last time out, meaning it is unlikely Bayern can usurp them even with a victory in this one.
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Bayern have been efficient rather than spectacular over the last five games, netting 10 and conceding 5 in their five games. They will have to step up their level to compete with a PSG side currently sweeping all before them. Though the runaway Ligue 1 leaders did lose for the first time at the weekend. Bayern have lost twice already in the Bundesliga, but still sit comfortably atop it. Robert Lewandowski is not in the top scorer charts for the Champions League this season, unlike Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani, a rather unusual occurrence for the Pole who has become arguably the world’s best striker in the last few years.
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Edinson Cavani missed Saturday’s shock first defeat of the season at Strasbourg on Saturday, and the Uruguayan is a doubt for the big clash with Bayern. That will undoubtedly provide a boost for the Germans, especially given how less threatening PSG looked without their main central striker. Angel di Maria replaced Cavani in an attacking reshuffle by Unai Emery, and he will do so again if the striker fails to return.
Bayern do have some rather serious injury problems to contend with. Manuel Neuer will be out until March with a broken foot, while Thiago recently suffered a knee injury. Arjen Robben and Juan Bernat are also unlikely to face PSG.