Paris Saint Germain vs Bayern Munich Preview

August 21, 2020
By: Daniel Orme

One of the most tantalising UEFA Champions League finals in recent memory is in the offing on Sunday evening as Paris Saint Germain take on Bayern Munich.

It is the French outfit’s first ever European Cup/ Champions League final and after a run that has thrilled and enthralled, Thomas Tuchel’s men can be backed at a price of 6/4 with William Hill to lift the trophy at the end of the game. Meanwhile, it would be fair to say that Bayern Munich are far more experienced when it comes to Europe. Only Real Madrid have reached more finals in the competition than the German’s 11. The Bavarians are at odds of 1/2 to claim their sixth Champions League crown.

One aspect that really has set these two sides apart this season and allow them to reach their final is their stunning goalscoring form. Bayern have scored 42 goals in the competition this term, just three goals short of Barcelona’s record, albeit the Catalans achieved that feat in six more matches. PSG have also been particularly prolific too with 25. That means between them, they have scored 67 goals in just 20 matches at a rate of 3.35 per match. Should they continue their respective goalscoring rates, over 6.5 goals could potentially be scored in this match. That eventuality can be backed a price of 9/1 with Betfair.

Considering the talent on the pitch between the two sides, that could actually happen. The ace in Bayern’s pack is surely Robert Lewandowski, who has already netted 15 goals in the competition this term. The Pole is at odds of 3/1 with Paddy Power to net the opener. PSG also have plenty of attacking power in the form of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar who both sit at 5/1 to strike first at the Estadio Da Luz. One interesting option could well be Thiago Silva who is set to make his final appearance for PSG before leaving the club and is 40/1 to net the opening goal.

Whilst he is sure to take to the field, one man who will not is Keylor Navas. The stopper remains a severe doubt for the French outfit as he continues to struggle with a hamstring problem. He will be replaced by Sergio Rico should he not recover in time. Layvin Kurzawa and Marco Verratti could also both miss out due to thigh and calf problems respectively. Idrissa Gueye could be included in the starting line-up having been introduced from the bench against RB Leipzig.

Meanwhile, Flick only has a couple of injury worries to contend with ahead of the match. Jerome Boateng suffered a muscular problem in the semi-final win against Lyon, eventually being withdrawn at half-time. He could miss out this time around. Meanwhile, Benjamin Pavard made an appearance off the bench in the last game so could be drafted into the starting line-up.

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