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Bayern Munich vs PSG - Match Preview

04 Dec 2017 Ed Mackey INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Group B
INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Group B

Bayern Munich

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  • L
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Kick-off
19:45 GMT
05 December 2017

Paris St Germain

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  • W
  • W
  • L

Kick-off
19:45 GMT 05 December 2017

This week sees the final match week of the UEFA Champions League groups and some teams are still vying for qualification to the knockout phase. Two of the favourites face off on Tuesday as PSG make the trip to the Allianz Arena in hope of securing their place as Group B leaders, despite already being theoretically out-of-sight with a goal difference of 23. Bayern Munich are behind them in second place and their place in the knockout is confirmed.

STATS

  • Bayern haven’t been as strong in the league or in Europe so far this season but they’ll need to change that to avoid defeat against PSG. Despite being top of the Bundesliga, they have already lost two in the league and were comfortably beaten 3-0 by their upcoming opponents in the reverse fixture in this year’s Champions League. While a win can’t take them top, it will restore a lot of pride.
  • PSG have been simply brilliant across all competitions this term and they are already nine points clear at the top of Ligue 1 as well as winning all five of the European matches. They have scored at least three goals in all of their Champions League games and are the competition’s highest scorers with 24 goals, Celtic are the only side to have scored against them.
  • Robert Lewandowski and Joshua Kimmich have both got two goals in Europe in their first five games, making them Bayern’s joint leading scorers.
  • PSG have four players in the top 12 scorers in this season’s Champions League with Neymar (6), Edinson Cavani (6), Kylian Mbappe (3) and Layvin Kurzawa (3) all on the list. They have been devastating in front of goal.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have played each other just three times in the Champions League as they faced off in the 2000/2001 group stages as well as this season’s. The teams won one match each back at the start of the 21st century, Bayern won theirs 2-0 while PSG won their home match 1-0. We haven’t yet seen a match between these two sides where they have both scored and this could be the first one to see that happen. Goals from Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar helped PSG to a 3-0 win over the German giants back in September.

Head to head matches: Bayern Munich - Paris St Germain

27.09.2017 UEFA Paris St Germain Bayern Munich 3:0

BAYERN MUNICH NEWS

A win for Bayern in the match against PSG wouldn’t see them move up the group but it would bring them some pride that they have missed this season. They may struggle without their first-choice goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer or their star midfielder, Thiago. Arjen Robben and Juan Bernat may also miss out.

Latest matches: Bayern Munich

02.12.2017 Bund Bayern Munich Hannover 96 3:1 W
25.11.2017 Bund Monchengladbach Bayern Munich 2:1 L
22.11.2017 UEFA RSC Anderlecht Bayern Munich 1:2 W
18.11.2017 Bund Bayern Munich FC Augsburg 3:0 W
04.11.2017 Bund Borussia Dortmund Bayern Munich 1:3 W

PSG NEWS

A 100% group stage record is still up for grabs for PSG and they won’t want to let that opportunity slip as they look to win their first ever Champions League trophy. They are joined by Manchester City as the only two sides who can win all of their games. The visitors have a fully-fit squad for the game and will take plenty of confidence into it.

Latest matches: Paris St Germain

02.12.2017 Ligu Racing Strasbourg Paris St Germain 2:1 L
29.11.2017 Ligu Paris St Germain Troyes AC 2:0 W
26.11.2017 Ligu AS Monaco Paris St Germain 1:2 W
22.11.2017 UEFA Paris St Germain Celtic FC 7:1 W
18.11.2017 Ligu Paris St Germain FC Nantes 4:1 W

SUMMARY

In the last few seasons, Bayern would go into this match as strong favourites but with the power shift to the French capital, PSG will be expecting a sixth consecutive victory in Europe. The hosts have been off-colour this term and their misery in the Champions League might be worsened on Tuesday night, but they certainly shouldn’t be ruled out.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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