Preview: Paris Saint-German v FC Bayern München

Paris Saint-Germain will be aiming for their second win of the Champions League group stage when they host juggernauts Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

UEFA Champions League

Matchday 2
27 September 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 (GMT+2)
Venue: Parc des Princes

Referee: A. Mateu
Assistants: P. Cebrian, R. Diaz
Fourth official: T. Sobrino

Head-to-head summary:

TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS

PSG 2 1 0 1
Bayern 2 1 0 1

Previous encounter:

Bayern 2-0 PSG 18/10/00 (Champions League)

Bayern goalscorers: Salihamidzic (3′), P. Sergio (89′)

Players to watch:

Edinson Cavani has been in fine form for the French giants this season. The Uruguayan striker has bagged nine goals in as many games, while providing two assists to boot.

Bayern have relied heavily on Robert Lewandowski to provide the goals so far this term. The Polish star has already netted 11 goals in nine games, with Arjen Robben in second place with only two.

Team form and manager quotes:

PSG have been in sensational form this season, going nine games across all competitions without losing. During that time they won eight games in a row, before a disappointing goalless draw at Montpellier on Saturday.

The Parisians enjoy top spot in Ligue 1 after seven fixtures, one point clear of defending champions Monaco. PSG won their opening Champions League clash 5-0 at Celtic.

“The team here has taken big steps towards competing with the best sides. Today, in sporting terms, we have more enemies,” PSG manager Unai Emery was quoted as saying by the Chicago Tribune.

“They see that we are a serious team with the players we have bought in the past and also this year, and now we can also be among the candidates to win the Champions League.

“That is why for other teams we are now the sporting enemies and people talk more about us. Lots of things are said, some true, some not. But I think it’s good that people are talking a lot about PSG because PSG are among the top clubs in Europe.”

Meanwhile, Bayern have only suffered one defeat so far this season, at Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga. The German champions have won seven games and drawn one, a 2-2 result at home against Wolfsburg on Friday.

Carlo Ancelotti’s charges dropped to third position in the league standings after the draw.

Their opening Champions League tie was a 3-0 win at home against Anderlecht, which featured goals from Lewandowski, Thiago, and Joshua Kimmich.

Looking ahead to the clash with PSG, Ancelotti told Le Figaro: “With Neymar and Mbappe, Paris is looking for an identity. In Bayern, it’s clear. For years, the line has been drawn, the identity is clear, which is not yet the case of the PSG.

“But Paris is already at the level of the best. When you buy players at this price and this level, you have to have time and they have to enter the mindset of the team. That is their challenge.”

Team news:

The hosts are without the services of Angel di Maria for the European encounter, while Neymar is a doubt after missing the Montpellier game at the weekend.

Die Roten are still missing star goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Juan Bernat, while youngster Felix Gotze has also picked up an injury earlier this month.

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