PSG will hope to secure their second consecutive victory in the Champions League when they welcome RB Leipzig to the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.
PSG were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw with Club Brugge on matchday one but bounced back with a comfortable 2-0 win over English rivals Manchester City. Idrissa Gueye opened the scoring with a thunderous strike in the eight-minute before Lionel Messi combined expertly with Kylian Mbappe in the second half before unleashing an unstoppable effort past Ederson to hand PSG their first champions league win of the season and send them top of the group. Mauricio Pochettino won’t mind the criticism coming at his side’s performances as they sit comfortably atop the Ligue 1 rankings with 10 wins from 12 in all competitions this season. Sergio Ramos, Neymar, and Leandro Paredes are out with injuries. Angel Di Maria is still suspended. Mauro Icardi is unavailable due to personal reasons.
Leipzig has had a poor start to the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League. Back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Club Brugge have put them in a bad spot with little or no chance of progressing to the round of 16. They have conceded eight goals in the opening matches of Group A. A 1-1 draw at Freiburg in the Bundesliga extended Leipzig’s recent poor away form to eight matches without a win (D2 L6). Dani Olmo, Brian Brobbey, Marcelo Saracchi, and Marcel Halstenberg are ruled out with injuries. Kevin Kampl, Angelino, and Nordi Mukiele are fit and are in contention to start. Christopher Nkunku and Adrien Silva are to partner in attack.
PSG has lost just one of their last 28 home group-stage games in the champions league. They boast of a perfect home record of six wins from six encounters this term, scoring at least two goals each time. Leipzig has been poor defensively and has BTTS in five of their last eight matches. Given Leipzig’s defensive frailties, we are backing a PSG win and over 2.5.
ACCUMULATOR TIP: PSG OVER 1.5 TEAM GOALS
ANYTIME GOALSCORER: LIONEL MESSI