EUROPE: UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Parc des Princes (Paris)
Still seeking their first-ever UEFA Champions League (UCL) trophy, PSG’s 3-2 first-leg away win has put one Parisian foot in the semi-final as they seek revenge after Bayern Munich beat them in last year’s final. However, that first-leg victory wasn’t easy, as PSG faced 31 shots from a relentless Bayern side – more than they’ve faced in a UCL game since at least 2003/04!
The French champions followed that up with a 4-1 win at Strasbourg, and have now netted 2+ first-half goals and scored in both halves in four of their previous five matches (W4, L1). Yet despite that, the reality remains that PSG have lost three straight Ligue 1 (L1) games at home for the first time since October 2007 – conceding within 20 minutes in two – so are stumbling at Parc des Princes.
That’s good news for Bayern who have stumbled in their last two games too (D1, L1), but this is a side with UCL pedigree, and this clash will mark their 100th game in the UCL knockout phase – only the second club to reach that milestone. Furthermore, their unbeaten run of 17 UCL away games is a new competition record (W13, D4 – neutral venues excluded).
That said, Bayern have lost all four UCL away games they’ve played vs PSG, although they did beat Leeds United at this stadium in 1975 to become European champions! However, three straight HT/FT away wins coming into this clash will have Bayern believing their H2H hoodoo can end.
Players to watch: Kylian Mbappé has scored the opener within 20 minutes in three of PSG’s last four games, but could be beaten to the first strike by Jamal Musiala who scored the opener last time out, and netted before HT in Bayern’s last UCL road trip.
- Paris SG’s form in last 5 matches: WWLWW.
- Bayern Munich’s form in last 5 matches: DLWWW.