Betting tips & odds comparison 11.03.2020 Paris Saint-Germain FC - Borussia Dortmund
Betting Tip for matchday 2 of the 2019/2020 Champions League between Paris Saint-Germain FC and Borussia Dortmund. The game will be played at Parc des Princes (Paris, France) on 11.03.2020 at 21:00.
PSG vs BVB
Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund lock horns on Wednesday night in the second leg of their finely poised Champions League round of 16 tie which will be played behind closed doors due to concerns over the Coronavirus outbreak.
Paris Saint-Germain once again remain on course for a domestic treble but the real success of their campaign will be measured on their European performance. Thomas Tuchel’s side have notoriously underwhelmed and underperformed in Europe’s premier club competition, and trail 2-1 from the first leg in Dortmund.
PSG were left gasping for air following two quickfire strikes from teenage sensation Erling Braut Haaland in the first leg, but Neymar’s superb finish in between gave them a valuable away goal. The Brazilian superstar came close to grabbing an equalizer for a second time but his effort clipped the outside of the post, while Kylian Mbappe couldn’t convert a host of chances that fell on his feet.
Neymar was absent through injury when PSG went out of the Champions League in the last two seasons, against Real Madrid and Manchester United. The 28-year-old missed four games with a rib problem prior to the Dortmund defeat, but he has since worked his way back and PSG fans will be hoping he will be even sharper for this return leg. Since that embarrassing home defeat against Manchester United, PSG have been on an absolute tear at home and have lost just once in 25 home matches in all competitions – a Ligue 1 home loss against Reims back in September.
PSG will need to take the game to Dortmund, so Tuchel is more likely to revert to a back-four rather than a back-five. The coach was heavily criticized for the formation he deployed in the first leg with just three defenders. He will likely opt for the traditional 4-4-2 for this one. Les Parisiens have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions of late, with Kylian Mbappe looking unstoppable. With fellow forwards Neymar and Cavani both fit for the return leg, the home fans will expect nothing short of a win and qualification for the next phase.
PSG’s home league meeting with Strasbourg last Friday was postponed due to coronavirus fears, so they enter this match on the back of a full week’s rest. Marco Verratti and Thomas Meunier were both booked in the first leg and are suspended for this one while Tuchel will be sweating on the fitness of defenders Thiago Silva and Colin Dagba.
Dortmund have made a name for themselves as one of Europe’s most entertaining teams this season with a brand of swashbuckling attacking football. They currently occupy the third position in the Bundesliga – just four points off league leaders Bayern Munich.
They won the first leg 2-1 in Dortmund. Wonderkid Erling Braut Haaland took his UEFA Champions League tally for the season to ten goals with both strikes, the second one coming barely two minutes after Neymar had registered what might prove a crucial away goal for PSG. The 19-year-old became the first teenager to score 10 goals in a Champions League season, having previously netted eight times for RB Salzburg in six Group E games. With England winger Jadon Sancho and 17-year-old Giovanni Reyna also impressing upfront in the opening encounter, Dortmund have a youthful and vibrant forward line executing Lucien Favre’s attacking football with ruthless efficiency for Dortmund across all competitions this season.
Borussia have won six of their last seven in all competitions. Lucien Favre is likely to keep changes to a minimum following this impressive winning run, which probably means maintaining the same XI that started the win over Gladbach on Saturday. Haaland fired a blank in that match, but he bagged an assist for the first goal and was a menace whenever he was on the ball.
Dortmund’s away form is however a cause for concern. They have won just five of their last 15 away games in all competitions and have lost seven in that run, including two of their last three.
Marco Reus and Thomas Delaney remain sidelined but other than that, Favre has a full squad to pick from and is unlikely to make too many changes given Dortmund’s strong run of form.
Possible Line Ups
|Injured: Herrera (thigh), Meunier (suspended), Verratti (suspended), Dagba (knee) and Delaney (knee), Reus (thigh)|
OUR BETTING TIPS AND PREDICTIONS FOR PSG V BORUSSIA DORTMUND
The French champions have lots of attacking options but Dortmund are pretty lethal on the break and have a potent attacking force that has wreaked havoc in the Bundesliga and in this competition. They are enjoying a good run at the moment and are more than capable of getting themselves on the scoresheet here.
This makes for a potentially explosive and action-packed game with plenty of scoring opportunities for two teams that love to do just that. Between them, they have scored over 140 league goals this season. Conversely, Dortmund have shipped 32 goals in 24 league outings while PSG have shipped 10 goals in their last five games and have just one clean sheet in eight. We feel betting on goals would be the logical thing to do here. BTTS @ 1.37 and Goals Over 3.5 @ 1.89 is the way to go.
PSG, needing to turn the tie around will play with more urgency. On the balance of play, we feel they will have the edge and are likely to get the win they need to push them to the next round. Our final betting tip for the game is, therefore, PSG Win @ 1.81.
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