Saturday, November 28, 2020

Prediction: RB Leipzig vs PSG

Verdict: PSG win

Best Odds: 7/4

Bookmaker: Unibet

In a repeat of the summer’s Champions League semi-final, RB Leipzig will welcome PSG to Germany on Wednesday night.

RB Leipzig

Starting with the hosts, while RB Leipzig may have opened the New Year in what was rampant fashion, the German outfit find themselves in the midst of a recent blip. Sacrificing their spot at the top of the Bundesliga table, the Red Bulls put in what was a woeful display away at Premier League strugglers Manchester United last week in a result that really sent shockwaves across Europe. Putting in what was arguably their worst performance in recent memory, Head Coach Julian Nagelsmann saw his side hit with a 5-0 drumming at Old Trafford and they also came under more criticism for their worrying display on domestic duties over the weekend. Drawing another blank and clearly struggling to fill the void left by Timo Werner who made the move to Chelsea over the summer, Leipzig were hit with a 1-0 defeat against fellow Champions League outfit Borussia Mönchengladbach. Potentially holding some lingering memories from their 3-0 hammering at the hands of PSG back in August, the Whites could be in for another tricky test on Wednesday.

Team News

Leipzig have confirmed that they will be without Marcel Halstenberg, Fabrice Hartman, Lucas Klosterman and Konrad Laimer.

PSG

As for the visitors, while PSG might have opened their Champions League campaign with their own shock defeat at the hands of Manchester United last month, the French giants have certainly bounced back in style. Finding a route back to the top of the Ligue 1 table thanks to what was a routine 3-0 romp against Nantes over the weekend, Thomas Tuchel’s men also managed to get their first European points on the board out in Turkey last week. Although they might not have had it all their way against Istanbul Basaksehir, Les Parisiens have won their last three appearances on the spin since their late defeat against Manchester United in the capital. While Kylian Mbappe might have added to his tally over the weekend, it is well worth keeping an eye out for a red-hot Moise Kean out in Germany on Wednesday night. Bagging both goals against Basaksehir last week, the Everton loanee already has four goals in his five matchups for PSG since securing his summer Premier League switch.

Team News

Ahead of their trip out to Germany in midweek, PSG will be without a host of stars including Mauro Icardi, Leandro Paredes, Marco Verrattii, Julian Draxler and Neymar.

Key Factors to Consider

  • When the two sides faced off in last season’s Champions League semi-final over the summer, PSG picked up a 3-0 win out in Portugal.
  • Everton loanee Moise Keane has four goals in his five appearances for PSG since making a summer move.
  • Including their thumping 5-0 defeat against Manchester United last week, RB Leipzig have failed to find the net in back-to-back appearances across all competitions.
  • Only one of Leipzig’s last six Champions League matchups have finished with both teams finding the net.
  • PSG have won each of their last five away fixtures across all formats, recording clean sheets in each of those victories.

Conclusion

While PSG might have opened their Champions League adventure with a late 2-1 defeat against Manchester United in Paris last month, the French giants have bounced back in some style. Landing what was a routine 3-0 victory against Nantes over the weekend and also managing to get their first points on the board thanks to a win out in Turkey last week, Thomas Tuchel’s side should be looking for a similar performance as they blew Leipzig away over the summer. Picking up a 3-0 win when they faced off against the Germans out in Portugal, we’re backing a similar away victory for last season’s finalists.

Verdict: PSG win

Best Odds: 7/4

Bookmaker: Unibet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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