Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to get their Champions League campaign back on track when they host RB Leipzig at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night for their Group H clash.
PSG who went the whole hog before losing to eventual champions Bayern Munich in the final of last season’s Champions League have had a surprisingly woeful start to this season’s campaign with one win and two losses in their opening three games, with the solitary win coming against Istanbul Basaksehir and their identical 2-1 losses against both Manchester United in the opener and at their opponents RB Leipzig in the reverse fixture last week. They may very well fall at the first hurdle this time if they don’t turn the tide, beginning with this game.
Pressure will be on Tuchel with the home supporters expecting nothing short of a win that will breathe some life on their quest to win Europe’s most coveted and glamorous club competition.
Despite stuttering in the Bundesliga in the 1-1 draw at Frankfurt at the weekend, RB Leipzig have generally had a solid start to the season with 5 wins and 2 draws in their 8 Bundesliga games that has them in 4th place on the log on 17 points, two shy of leaders Bayern Munich.
They are also doing well in the Champions with a couple of home wins over PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir and a terrible 5-0 away loss sandwiched in between them.
Julian Nagelsmann will draw confidence from that performance as he looks to do a double over PSG that will all but guarantee their passage to the knockout stage.
A fully-fit PSG would fancy their chances against just about any team. After all, they made the finals last year and have pretty much kept the core of the squad that achieved that feat. Despite the fact that they still have some lingering injury issues and suspensions from the first leg of this tie, they will have their attacking trio of Di Maria, Mbappe and Neymar starting this match against an RB Leipzig that defence that is also missing key players like Klostermann and Mukiele. With the backs against the wall, PSG have no option but to go for the throttle. We feel they have the quality and experience to get the job done here and we are backing them to get the win @ 1.61 with Odibets for our initial betting tip for this return leg.
With Verratti missing and Di Maria and Neymar back in the starting lineup, we are likely to witness more attacks coming from the flanks as opposed to playing through the middle. This will even be more accentuated given RB Leipzig’s defensive frailties owing to key personnel missing. We are therefore likely to witness a barrage of crosses from either wing for PSG and that could translate to lots of corners. We are therefore going for PSG to win the 1×2 Corner battle @ 1.40 with Odibets as our final call for this clash.
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