Friday, May 24, 2024

Prediction: PSG vs Borussia Dortmund

Verdict: Both teams to score

Best Odds: 2/3

Bookmaker: Olympusbet

With a spot in the final of this season’s Champions League firmly hanging in the balance, PSG will welcome Borussia Dortmund to Paris on Tuesday night.

PSG

Starting with the hosts, while PSG might have breezed their way to yet another domestic crown this season, it is no secret that a maiden European piece of silverware is at the top of their agenda. With continued speculation over Luis Enrique’s future in Paris, the French icons face what is a season-defining showdown on Tuesday night. Missing out on the chance to claim a first-leg advantage over in Germany last week as they eventually fell to a 1-0 loss at Signal Iduna Park, the former Barcelona boss will have a real headache over his side’s extended issues at the back. Including a remarkable 3-3 stalemate against Le Havre on April 27th, PSG have now failed to muster a single clean sheet from any of their previous seven consecutive appearances across all competitions. Chasing the deficit in midweek, it should also be highlighted that Enrique’s side struggled to find much stability on home soil throughout April. Registering just a sole victory in the French capital from any of their last four showdowns, Tuesday’s hosts should be bracing themselves for another stern examination here.

Team News

Suffering what has now been confirmed as a long-term knee injury out in Germany last week, French international defender Lucas Hernandez is set for a lengthy stint on the sidelines. Likewise, Enrique’s side have already stated that central defender Presnel Kimpembe will not feature over the final few weeks as he still recovers from an Achilles tendon injury.

Notching eight goals in his 11 Champions League appearances this season, there is no doubt that attacking icon Kylian Mbappe will have a leading role to play on Tuesday night. Although former Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar might not have made a single Champions League appearance since opening the New Year, the Slovakian international could be handed a full return.

Borussia Dortmund

As for the visitors, while Borussia Dortmund might have shown some extended domestic inconstancies this season, the German giants have embarked on a famous Champions League adventure. Mounting a remarkable comeback last month as they eventually edged past Spanish heavyweights Atletico Madrid thanks to a 4-3 aggregate win, Edin Terzic’s men have continued to gain a string of plaudits from across the continent. Making a real statement at Signal Iduna Park last week as they clinched a 1-0 victory on first-leg duties, BVB should find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high. Picking up some perfect momentum over the weekend as they stormed their way to a routine 5-1 romp against Augsburg, the one-time West Ham coach has seen his squad suffer just a single defeat from any of their previous six appearances across all competitions. Despite being pencilled in as a real underdog on Tuesday night, Dortmund will be confident of testing PSG’s leaky defence.

Team News

Dealing with a long-term knee injury and not making a single appearance since returning from March’s international break, 29-year-old Ramy Bensebaini remains on the sidelines. Although Dutch ace Donyell Malen might have recently returned from a muscle issue, the former PSV starlet will likely be forced to settle for another spot on the bench in midweek.

Bagging the winner last week and recording a third Champions League goal of the season, ex-Werder Bremen striker Niclas Fullkrug will spearhead Terzic’s attack here. Making a real impact since returning to rural Germany following a January loan switch from Manchester United, England international Jadon Sancho will once again play a leading role in the final third.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When PSG and Borussia Dortmund met for their first-leg showdown at Signal Iduna Park last week, the German giants collected a 1-0 victory on home soil.
    • Tuesday’s hosts have recorded just a single victory from any of their previous four matchups in the French capital.
    • PSG have failed to register a single clean sheet from any of their last seven consecutive appearances across all competitions.
    • Borussia Dortmund have suffered just a sole defeat from any of their last six appearances across all formats.
    • Four of BVB’s last five showdowns outside of rural Germany have finished with both teams getting on the scoresheet.

    Conclusion

    While Borussia Dortmund might still find themselves pencilled in as a real underdog in the battle to claim a famous Champions League final ticket, the German giants will certainly be relishing a trip to Paris here. With PSG mustering just a single victory from any of their previous four appearances in front of their own supporters, Tuesday’s hosts have also shown some extended defensive issues. It should be noted, with Dortmund seeing four of their previous five showdowns away from Signal Iduna Park finish with both teams finding the net, we are expecting a similar outcome in midweek.

    Verdict: Both teams to score

    Best Odds: 2/3

    Bookmaker: Olympusbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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