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These two played out a pulsating five-goal thriller last week and although the French side departed the Allianz Arena with the win, accompanied by three crucial away goals, it was Bayern who actually dominated the contest with a whopping 31 chances on goal.
Hansi Flick will be wondering how things could have been different if star man Robert Lewandowski had been fit to take some of those opportunities, but like last week, both the clinical Pole and fellow attacker Serge Gnabry will be unavailable again here.
Bayern have a number of injury concerns ahead of this game, with Niklas Sule also ruled out, while the likes of Jerome Boateng, Lucas Hernandez and Leon Goretzka are all doubts to varying degrees.
There’s much better news for Mauricio Pochettino, who can call upon right-back Alessandro Florenzi and midfielder Marco Verratti after both missed the first leg due to positive Covid-19 tests, while Leandro Paredes returns from suspension.
It also appears that Keylor Navas, one of the heroes from the first leg following a string of impressive saves, should make the cut after being withdrawn at half-time this weekend.
However, the Parisians will be without Marquinhos, who lasted just half an hour in the opening game, but still made his presence felt as he made 7 clearances, four blocks and got onto the scoresheet despite his limited time on the field.
Over 3.5 Goals
This second leg could well see a similar pattern to the first. Bayern will have to come out in search of goals as they’ll need at least two to stand any chance of progression, while PSG will seek to counter with the threat of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe on the break.
Although missing Lewandowski, Bayern still have other goalscorers in their team and the absence of Marquinhos should help their cause in carving out openings.
Meanwhile, PSG have only failed to score in one of their past 44 European matches, with the exception in last year’s final, so this should prove another open and entertaining affair.
Although Bayern are somewhat on the short side to win this game in the absence of Lewandowski, they can still boast a record of 18 wins from 20 appearances in this competition since the start of last season, while their hosts have slipped up a few times at the Parc des Princes this term. Marseille, Man Utd, Lyon, Monaco, Nantes and Lille have all taken victories there, as PSG have won just once in their last five on home turf now.
Goals remains our favourite angle though., with four of PSG’s last five in this tournament featuring a minimum of four strikes, as both teams scored in each.
Over 3.5 Goals is a regular occurrence for the Bavarian giants, and with the circumstances as they are, they’ll no doubt push hard to take advantage of PSG’s defensive weaknesses.