PSG vs Bayern Munich
Time- India: 12.30 AM (Monday), UK: 8.00 PM (Sunday)
Venue- Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Portugal)
Referee- Daniele Orsato (Italy)
The biggest game in European club football is here as French champions Paris Saint-Germain take on Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final in Lisbon on Sunday night.
It will be PSG’s first-ever Champions League final appearance, with Thomas Tuchel’s side cruising past RB Leipzig in the semi-finals. The French giants sweated very little to register an emphatic 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich‘s domestic rivals and book their pass for the epic showdown in Lisbon.
On the other hand, Bayern Munich have demolished every opponent they have faced in the Champions League en route to the final. After crushing Barcelona 8-2 in the quarter-finals, the Bavarians registered a routine 3-0 win against Ligue 1 outfit Lyon in the semis.
PSG vs Bayern Munich: Road to the Final
18 September, 2019: Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Real Madrid (Group A fixture)
1 October, 2019: Galatasaray 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain (Group A fixture)
22 October, 2019: Club Brugge 0-5 Paris Saint-Germain (Group A fixture)
6 November, 2019: Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 Club Brugge (Group A fixture)
27 November, 2019: Real Madrid 2-2 Paris Saint-Germain (Group A fixture)
11 December, 2019: Paris Saint-Germain 5-0 Galatasaray (Group A fixture)
18 February, 2020: Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain (Round of 16, 1st leg)
11 March, 2010: Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Borussia Dortmund (Round of 16, 2nd leg)
12 August, 2020: Atalanta 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain (One-off quarter-final)
18 August, 2020: RB Leipzig 0-3 Paris Saint-Germain (One-off semi-final)
18 September, 2019: Bayern Munich 3-0 Red Star (Group B fixture)
1 October, 2019: Tottenham Hotspur 2-7 Bayern Munich (Group B fixture)
22 October, 2019: Olympiacos 2-3 Bayern Munich (Group B fixture)
6 November, 2019: Bayern Munich 2-0 Olympiacos (Group B fixture)
26 November, 2019: Red Star 0-6 Bayern Munich (Group B fixture)
11 December, 2019: Bayern Munich 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Group B fixture)
25 February, 2020: Chelsea 3-0 Bayern Munich (Round of 16, 1st leg)
8 August, 2020: Bayern Munich 4-1 Chelsea (Round of 16, 2nd leg)
14 August, 2020: Barcelona 2-8 Bayern Munich (One-off quarter-final)
19 August, 2020: Lyon 0-3 Bayern Munich (One-off semi-final)
PSG vs Bayern Munich: Head-to-head record
Total matches: 8
Paris Saint-Germain wins: 5
Bayern Munich wins: 3
PSG vs Bayern Munich: Recent form (In all competitions)
Paris Saint-Germain: W-W-W-W-W (most recent first)
Bayern Munich: W-W-W-W-W (most recent first)
PSG vs Bayern Munich: Team news
Key midfielder Marco Verratti, who got some minutes under his belt after coming on as a substitute against RB Leipzig in the semi-finals, is expected to start in place of Leandro Paredes.
Thomas Tuchel could once again be forced to play Sergio Rico in goal as PSG’s first-choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas remains a major doubt for Sunday’s final. The Costa Rican picked up a hamstring injury against Atalanta in the quarter-finals.
Midfielder Idrissa Gueye (muscular) and wing-back Layvin Kurzawa (thing) also remain doubtful through injury concerns.
Doubtful: Keylor Navas (thigh), Idrissa Gueye (muscular), Layvin Kurzawa (thigh).
Centre-back Jerome Boateng, who came off at half-time against Lyon due to muscular problems, is expected to be fit to start in the Champions League final.
On Sunday, Hansi Flick could field the same XI which started against Lyon. However, he will be delighted to have Benjamin Pavard back after the full-back made a late cameo in the semi-finals.
Doubtful: Jerome Boateng (muscular).
PSG vs Bayern Munich: Predicted line-ups
Paris Saint-Germain predicted XI: Rico; Kehrer, Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat, Verratti, Marquinhos, Herrera, Neymar; Mbappe, Di Maria.
Bayern Munich predicted XI: Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Goretzka, Thiago; Perisic, Muller, Gnabry; Lewandowski.
PSG vs Bayern Munich: Where to watch
India: Sony Ten 2/ Sony Ten 2 HD
UK: BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate
RB Leipzig vs Paris Saint-Germain: Live Stream details
India: Sony Network’s SonyLiv app
UK: BT Sport app
PSG vs Bayern Munich: Prediction
Sunday’s final has all the ingredients to be one of the most high scoring encounters in the history of the UEFA Champions League finals.
Bayern Munich’s form has been ridiculously consistent over the last few months, with the Bavarians scoring a total of 41 goals in only 10 Champions League matches this season, thus averaging 4.1 goals per 90 minutes.
Star striker Robert Lewandowski has scored in every Champions League game he has played this season, netting 15 times in just nine outings.
However, on the defensive front, the Bundesliga champions looked far from convincing as Lyon opened up the Bayern defence with ease on numerous occasions in the semi-finals.
PSG, on the other hand, will be expecting their star-studded frontline to come good on such a big night. Their front three of Neymar, Kylian Mabappe, and Angel Di Maria would certainly fancy their chances against Bayern Munich’s high-defensive line on Sunday.
In comparison to Bayern, PSG do have a much more compact and organized defensive structure, conceding only four times in 10 Champions League matches this season.
Keeping everything in mind, Bayern Munich will head into Sunday’s Champions League final as favorites as they have the firepower to outscore any team at this moment.
PSG vs Bayern Munich final verdict: 2-3
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