PSG vs Bayern Munich
UEFA Champions League
Date: 14 February 2023, Tuesday
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Parc des Princes (Paris).
In what will be a rematch of the 2020 UCL final, PSG and Bayern Munich square off in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg on Tuesday night at the Parc des Princes.
The round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League begins with an intriguing heavyweight match between France and Germany, the current champions.
Recent matches between PSG and Bayern Munich have been noteworthy, and this one seems to follow suit. So set aside your plans for Valentine’s Day and settle down for yet another classic instead.
The Champions League has been the ever-elusive holy grail for the Paris giants since Qatari Sports Investment took over in 2011, but up until now, their pursuit has been marked by a series of narrow misses and unheard-of exits.
The club’s extremely wealthy owners have spent millions and billions of dollars in an effort to take over Europe.
The Greatest Footballer of All Time, Lionel Messi, is a member of their team and is still playing some of his finest games, and the mercurial Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are beginning to click as a unit. Could this be the year that makes a breakthrough? Time will only tell!
There is no denying that PSG is not in a good place as they prepare to face Bayern.
The Parisians had a difficult start to 2023 and are coming off of back-to-back losses as they enter Europe.
The French champs’ brilliance this season has been diminished by losses in Marseille and Monaco, but it would be foolish to write them out right away, especially as they are capable of fielding the world’s deadliest front three.
PSG vs Bayern Munich Head to head :
- This is the replay of the 2020 UEFA Champions League final when Bayern Munich celebrated a 1-0 victory.
- PSG got their slight revenge by eliminating the Bavarians in the 2021 quarterfinal on the away goal rule (3-3 on aggregate).
- We have seen the Over 2.5 goals FT & Both Teams To Score pick landing in three of the last five head to head meetings between these rivals.
PSG vs Bayern Munich Prediction :
There aren’t many more exciting Champions League nights than this one.
Given the wealth of attacking possibilities available to both managers, it would be an understatement to suggest that these two have goals in their locker rooms.
In recent years, Bayern and PSG hardly ever needed to shift out of third gear to establish their domestic dominance.
This resulted in an attacking tactical mentality that made them vulnerable at the back, which led to some shocking results in each team’s league, though Bayern had recently found form.
However, their backlines are ill-prepared for the severity of attacks capable of destroying the world.
That ought to result in several objectives. Since the arrival of Cancelo for the winter, the Bavarians have appeared to be much more balanced in both attack and defense.
The Hard Tackle believes that in this tightly contested match, the visitors will prevail and leave with a one-goal edge going into the second leg at the Allianz Arena next midweek.
PSG vs Bayern Munich Team News :
Due to a hamstring injury, Lionel Messi was unable to play against Monaco, but according to Galtier, the World Cup winner will be ready to face Bayern on Tuesday.
Marco Verratti, who is also expected to make his return from injury, may also play.
After missing the previous three games due to a thigh injury, Kylian Mbappe has resumed training, but it is only anticipated that he will be able to play as a replacement.
PSG will be hoping that Fabian Ruiz can recover from a stomach ailment that prevented him from playing in the Monaco loss to take Renato Sanches and Nordi Mukiele’s places in the starting lineup while they are both absent.
Galtier benched Achraf Hakimi, Nuno Mendes, and Sergio Ramos for Saturday’s contest in favor of Tuesday’s Champions League match, although the group is anticipated to line up alongside Marquinhos against Bayern.
Yann Sommer, a Switzerland international, was acquired by Bayern from Borussia Monchengladbach in January to replace Manuel Neuer, who will miss the remainder of the season due to injury. Sommer will look to keep his debut Champions League game for Bayern clean.
Sadio Mane, Lucas Hernandez, Ryan Gravenberch, Noussair Mazraoui, and others are still out injured, but Joshua Kimmich will join Leon Goretzka in the middle of the field after serving a suspension.
Although Muller has insisted the calf injury he suffered at halftime on Saturday is not serious, Nagelsmann may opt against taking any chances and elect to sit the 33-year-old.
Paris Saint-Germain possible starting lineup:
Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Ramos; Mendes; Ruiz, Pereira, Verratti; Soler; Messi, Neymar
Bayern Munich possible starting lineup:
Sommer; Cancelo, De Ligt, Upamecano, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Sane, Musiala, Coman; Choupo-Moting