PSG take on Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final in Lisbon on Sunday. FC Bayern are on an incredible winning run and demolished Barcelona 8-2 in the quarter-finals. Can the French champions stop the Bavarians?
Paris Saint-Germain are coming off their fourth straight Ligue 1 title and the domestic treble. In late July PSG beat Saint-Etienne in the French Cup final and Lyon in the French League Cup final. Thomas Tuchel’s side beat Atalanta 2-1 in the Champions League quarter-finals. Marquinhos and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored late goals in an ultimately deserved victory. PSG won 3-0 against Leipzig in the semi-finals. Goals to Marquinhos and Ángel Di María established a 2-0 half time lead with Juan Bernat wrapping it up in the 56th minute. Left-back Layvin Kurzawa is injured but midfielder Marco Verratti came off the bench against Leipzig and is a chance to start. Kylian Mbappé started against Leipzig after overcoming a sprained ankle.
Bayern Munich are coming off their eighth straight Bundesliga title and second straight domestic double. Hansi Flick’s side have been unbeatable, winning their last 20 matches in all competitions. The Bavarians won 4-0 at Wolfsburg in their final Bundesliga match and beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 in the DFB-Pokal final. FC Bayern thrashed Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate in the Champions League round of 16. Bayern Munich humiliated Barcelona 8-2 in the quarter-finals. Thomas Müller (2), Ivan Perisic, Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski and Philippe Coutinho (2) all scored in a memorable match. Bayern’s last match was a 3-0 win against Lyon in the semi-finals. Serge Gnabry scored the opening two goals with Robert Lewandowski scoring late on. Right-back Benjamin Pavard came off the bench against Lyon after overcoming injury. Robert Lewandowski has been in sensational form this season, scoring 14 goals in his last 10 matches to make it 56 goals for the season. Expect to see no changes to Flick’s starting XI here.
PSG have an exceptional attack with Neymar, Ángel Di María, Kylian Mbappé and Mauro Icardi available. Bayern Munich’s weakness is the space behind their defence and PSG have the weapons to exploit it. Bayern Munich are also extremely strong and have scoring machine Robert Lewandowski up front. The Polish forward has scored 56 goals for FC Bayern this season.
PREDICTION : DRAW 2-2
ACCUMULATOR TIP : BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
SINGLE TIP : PSG OVER 1.5 TEAM GOALS