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Leipzig threatened Man City on occasion in their opening Champions League game but were ultimately outclassed at the Etihad as they went down 6-3.
A win at home over Club Brugge was an absolute must then if they were to have any chance of escaping this group, but a 2-1 defeat in that fixture leaves them seemingly out of the picture.
It’s going to be a hard task for them to even get third place and a subsequent Europa League knockout spot now, while their domestic form has also suffered as they find themselves eighth in the Bundesliga, five points adrift of fourth-placed Freiburg.
Leipzig are just W4-D3-L8 in all competitions since the start of May. Conceding goals has been a particular problem as they registered just four clean sheets from the 15 games in total, as nine of them saw both sides on the scoreboard. Life after new Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann has been difficult, as new man Jesse Marsch has plenty of questions to answer over his side’s poor form.
PSG were held to a stalemate by Club Brugge on matchday one, but a 2-0 win over main rivals Man City in their second game leaves them top of the standings at this stage, with Lionel Messi finally opening his account for the club in that encounter.
In addition to those two outings, they’ve won nine of 10 Ligue 1 games, most recently beating Angers at the weekend with a depleted squad as Mauricio Pochettino was without a number of South American players following international duty.
PSG To Win And Both Teams To Score
Angel Di Maria is suspended for this fixture, but Messi, Neymar, Leandro Paredes and Marquinhos are all in line to return here.
Keylor Navas and Sergio Ramos are injury doubts, but the latter is yet to feature for the Parisians while Gianluigi Donnarumma will take his place between the sticks.
Leipzig’s are missing injured duo Dani Olmo and Marcel Halstenberg, though the former has rarely been available in the current campaign and the latter is yet to feature at all.
They do however have a considerable goal threat with established duo Yussuf Poulsen and Emil Forsberg, as well as Andre Silva (who outscored Erling Haaland in the Bundesliga last term) and Christopher Nkunku (who already has four goals to his name in this season’s Champions League).
PSG are understandably heavy favourites for this clash, but while they have a stellar attacking line-up, they don’t keep too many clean sheets for an elite club.
Across all competitions, they’ve only shut their opponents out in four of 13 matches this season, with three of those coming domestically against teams currently residing in the bottom half of the table.
Both teams have scored in seven of their 10 Champions League games since December 2020, with the only times they failed to score themselves coming against Bayern and Man City last term.
PSG TO WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
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