FC Bayern München will be aiming to avenge the last defeat they suffered against Paris Saint-Germain when the two sides meet again in the Champions League on Tuesday.
UEFA Champions League
Date: 5 December 2017
Match Day 6
Kick-off: 21H45 (GMT+2)
Venue: Allianz Arena
Referee: Cüneyt Çakir
Assistants: Bahattin Duran, Tarik Ongun
Fourth official: Mustafa Eyisoy
TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Bayern München 3 1 0 2
PSG 3 2 0 1
PSG 3-0 Bayern München 27/09/17 (Champions League)
PSG goalscorers: Dani Alves (2′), E. Cavani (31′), Neymar (63′)
— Jerome Boateng (@JB17Official) December 4, 2017
Players to watch
Bayern will be hoping star striker Robert Lewandowski can continue his great goal-scoring return. The Poland international has bagged 19 goals in only 21 appearances across all competitions.
The PSG attack has been in prolific form this season, with Edinson Cavani netting a staggering 23 goals in 21 games, while Neymar has scored 15 in 17 while adding 11 assists.
Team form and manager quotes
The last time these two sides met was in a Group B clash at the end September when PSG humiliated the German champions with a 3-0 result at Parc des Princes, which led to the sacking of Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Under new boss Jupp Heynckes, Die Roten have returned to form and should be a different animal for the clash at the Allianz Arena. Bayern have won 10 out of the 11 games Heynckes has been in charge of this season.
“Let’s be realistic: It’s not about winning the group, it’s about the prestige,” Heynckes told his pre-match press conference.
“We want to forget the first leg and show that Bayern not only has a great history; we want to show that we are on equal terms with a team that invested 500 million euros last year and I am very confident that I will be able to give the audience a pleasant evening. “
Meanwhile, the Parisians sit top of Group B and will finish in first position unless Bayern pull off a win by a four-goal margin or better, to cancel out the 3-0 defeat suffered in their last encounter.
PSG head into the Bayern fixture having lost their first game of the season on Saturday. The Ligue 1 leaders were surprisingly edged out 2-1 by 16th-placed Strasbourg. However, they remain nine points clear at the top of the league standings.
Speaking after PSG’s first loss of the season, manager Unai Emery told the club’s official website: “Today, we’re disappointed. The team did what they had to win.
“We deserved to win, but that’s football. It’s difficult to keep winning games, to win all the time. During each match, we try to play well and win. Today, the team created a lot of chances, dominated the game. But with two opportunities, we gave Strasbourg the chance to beat us. When you look at all the chances we created, you could say that it wasn’t our day.”
#Heynckes: "@FranckRibery was so pleased to come on against Hannover. Who starts tomorrow will depend upon how the likes of @esmuellert_ and Kingsley #Coman are feeling. I do not want to take risks." #FCBPSG pic.twitter.com/4d8YUoUiuj
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) December 4, 2017
Bayern will be without injured trio Thiago Alcantara, Juan Bernat, and Arjen Robben, while decisions will be made on Thomas Muller and Kingsley Coman
PSG only have Thiago Motta out of contention through injury, while Marquinhos is a doubt.