PSG were unconvincing winners over Lille at the weekend but ultimately got the job done, and Mauricio Pochettino will be glad Angel Di Maria returns from a European suspension here having played a starring role in the comeback win.
That’s especially the case with Lionel Messi a doubt for this encounter, though the Argentine has rarely been at his stellar best for the Parisians as of yet and in any case, Kylian Mbappe is expected to return from illness to lead the attack alongside Neymar.
Marco Verratti and Sergio Ramos are also ruled out with injuries, while Leandro Paredes is a doubt, though the latter has barely featured at all this season and the ex-Real Madrid captain is yet to even make a matchday squad.
Verratti has also seen limited game time following knee and hip issues, so Pochettino is hardly in unchartered territory with regards to his team selection.
Danilo Pereira and Georginio Wijnaldum are seemingly set to battle for a place next to Idrissa Gueye and Ander Herrera in midfield, though there’s better news at right-back with Achraf Hakimi fresh after missing the weekend clash with a domestic suspension.
The Parisians aren’t alone in missing players with Leipzig full-backs Lukas Klostermann, Marcel Halstenberg and Marcelo Saracchi all absent, while it remains to be seen if Dani Olmo will start.
The latter made his first appearance in over a month at the weekend in a brief cameo, but Jesse Marsch will likely take his time throwing the Spaniard back into full combat after an injury-hit campaign so far.
Christopher Nkunku will be certain to start however following a hat-trick against Man City in their last Champions League game, despite ending up on the losing side, adding to the strike he bagged against Club Brugge in their previous European outing.
PSG To Win
Although Leipzig have scored in all three of their group matches, they remain pointless having shipped 11 goals.
In fact, they’ve conceded at least twice in each of their past seven Champions League games now, while even on home turf they’ve only managed two clean sheets across eight matches since 2019/20.
The German side have stuttered this season after losing manager Julian Nagelsmann to Bayern and are W4-D3-L5 since late August.
Limited to results in Europe as well as encounters with top-half sides domestically, they’ve lost six of seven winless matches this season, including getting pumped 4-1 by elite outfit Bayern.
PSG have had a rather different experience and have won 12 of 15 games since earlier in August, losing just the once, and will be treating this game as a priority as they seek to maintain their slender advantage over Man City at the top of the standings.
The defence should come under some pressure on occasion, but the visitors simply have too much firepower in the tank for a Leipzig side that struggles to shut teams out.
PSG TO WIN