Bayern Munich vs PSG: UCL R16, 2nd Leg Match Preview, Predicted Line-ups, and Fantasy XI

Ninety minutes that could potentially make or break Christophe Galtier's time in the Paris Saint-Germain hotseat await on Wednesday night, as Bayern Munich welcome the French champions to the Allianz Arena in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 showdown.
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Bayern Munich vs PSG: The ever-increasing feud between Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain will continue on Wednesday when the two sides face off to decide their Champions League last-16 tie.

Match Details:

  • Location: Munich, Germany
  • Stadium: Allianz Arena
  • Date: Wednesday 8 March
  • Kick-off Time: 20:00 GMT / 15:00 ET / 12:00 PT
  • Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
  • VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)

Bayern Munich vs PSG: Match Preview:

The reigning Ligue 1 champions should know their opposition well, with this meeting making Bayern their most frequent opponents in the competition.

On Valentine's Day, there was no love lost between Coman and PSG, who succumbed to a 53rd-minute winner from their former academy graduate, and Julian Nagelsmann's side survived a late sending off for Benjamin Pavard to put one foot firmly in the last eight.

Also halfway there to revenge over PSG for eliminating them in the 2020-21 quarter-finals, Bayern ought to feel hopeful of avoiding just a second last-16 exit from their last 12 Champions League campaigns – the perennial German champions bowed out at this point to Liverpool in 2018-19.

Furthermore, not since the 2010-11 campaign have Bayern been eliminated from the Champions League when winning the first leg of a knockout tie, while 15 of their last 17 top-tier European games at the Allianz Arena have ended in victory, including all three of their group-stage games against Barcelona, Inter Milan and Viktoria Plzen this season – with three clean sheets in tow.

Not since April 2018 have Bayern failed to score at home in the Champions League, and Nagelsmann's men remained in control of the tightly-fought Bundesliga title race thanks to a 2-1 win over Stuttgart on Saturday, only a few hours before a new chapter of history was written for PSG.

Champions League success is a top priority for both these sides, but one of them is destined for an early exit. That's what we call narrative.

Team News:

Bayern Munich:

Benjamin Pavard is suspended after his red card in the first leg which, combined with Lucas Hernandez's injury, leaves Julian Nagelsmann with somewhat of a headache defensively.

Manuel Neuer and Noussair Mazraoui remain unavailable, while Sadio Mane is expected to remain on the bench after being challenged to earn his place back by Nagelsmann.

PSG:

Neymar is set to miss the rest of the season due to injury, while Presnel Kimpembe and Renato Sanches will also not be available for this game at least.

Marco Verratti should return to the team after serving a domestic suspension, while Marquinhos is also expected to be available after shaking off a minor injury scare.

Right-back Nordi Mukiele missed training on Monday which may set up the return of Achraf Hakimi. The Morocco international has been sidelined by injury in recent weeks but has also returned to training and has been cleared to play, despite being charged by police over rape allegations – accusations the right-back denies.

Bayern Munich vs PSG: Head to Head and Key Numbers:

In seven head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Bayern Munich have won five games and lost two.

Attacker Jamal Musiala has 19 goal contributions in 19 starts for Bayern Munich in the league.

Cameroon international Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has 10 goals in 13 league starts for Bayern Munich this season.

Attacker Kylian Mbappe has 21 goal contributions in 20 league starts for Paris Saint-Germain this season.

Argentine superstar Lionel Messi has 25 goal contributions in 21 league starts for Paris Saint-Germain so far.

Predicted Line-ups:

Bayern Munich (3-4-2-1): Sommer; Stanisic, Upamecano, De Ligt; Coman, Kimmich, Goretzka, Davies; Sane, Musiala; Choupo-Moting.

PSG (3-5-2): Donnarumma; Danilo, Marquinhos, Ramos; Hakimi, Zaire-Emery, Verratti, Vitinha, Mendes; Messi, Mbappe.

BAY vs PSG: Fantasy XI

Donnarumma;Upamecano, De Ligt,Marquinhos,Coman, Kimmich, Goretzka,Verratti, Musiala;Messi, Mbappe.

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