PSG will take on Bayern Munich this Sunday in the biggest game in club football, The Champions League final!
For the first time in this competition there we no big surprises in the semi-finals. PSG beat Leipzig 3-0 as did Bayern against Lyon last night. This set up a great final for the neutral with two exciting teams facing off for the biggest prize in club football.
These sides last met in the Champions League in 2017/18, when they were put in the same group as each other. In the two fixtures, both sides won one each. Since then they haven’t met each other, but both have been very successful as well as active in the transfer market.
Bayern and PSG were crowned champions of each of their league this season. Both sides dominated their leagues and averaged scoring just under three goals a game each. This should make for a very entertaining final with two great attacking teams.
The side from Paris are going to their first-ever Champions League final this weekend. In doing so they set a new record for playing the most amount of games in the competition before getting to the final, 110. Since Qatar Sports Investments bought the club in 2011, they have heavily invested in the squad. The overall aim for the new owners has always been to win this competition and now they are one game away.
PSG have had to beat some tough sides along the way to get here. They beat Real Madrid in the groups to top it and they knocked out Dortmund later on. A lot of this is down to their fantastic front three of Neymar, M’bappe and Di Maria. They have 28 goals and assists between them in the Champions League.
Tuchel’s side isn’t the favourites for this one, priced at 23/10 to win in normal time and 7/5 to lift the trophy. However, they have a fantastic squad with two of the best players in the world in Neymar and M’bappe. Where they could be let down is their defence. It’s an ageing defence now with 35-year-old Thiago Silva leading them. However, he is a vastly experienced defender who can still do a very good job.
This is a completely unknown situation for PSG and the biggest game in the club’s history. They will need their big players to step up and the experience of Neymar and Di Maria who have both played in Champions League finals before could be vital!
On the opposite end of Champions League experience is Bayern Munich. The five-time winners are going into their 11th final on Sunday, only Real Madrid have been in more (16). Bayern has been the standout team during this Champions League campaign. They have scored over 40 goals during this years competition, being only the fourth side ever to do so.
Bayern looked as good as we’ve seen them during their 8-2 demolition of Barcelona. Granted there were some shaky moments which PSG can take confidence from but 8-2 against Barca is still unbelievable. On top of that, they beat Chelsea 7-1 over two legs as well as beating Spurs 7-2 away in the group stages. These are some seriously impressive results that would be fit for any Champions League winning side.
Lewandowski is on fire currently and has 15 goals in the competition so far. This makes it no surprise that Hansi Flick’s side is the favourite for Sunday’s fixture. Bayern are 20/21 to win inside 90 minutes and 8/15 to lift the trophy. Bayern have great depth with the €160 million player Coutinho on their bench, alongside Kingsley Coman.
Bayern will be the more comfortable of the two sides going into Sunday. Their last final was in 2012/13 but they have been to a lot bigger fixtures since than PSG. If they play as they have done during the knockout stages, they will be very confident of winning their sixth Champions League trophy.
Hopefully, this is going to be a goal-fest on Sunday. Both sides have shown they can score for fun but can also leak a few goals. Had this been a group stage game or knockout game, I would have said this is far more even. Due to the fact, its PSG’s biggest ever game and we’ve not seen them this far in the competition before, who knows how they’ll react. I can see Bayern coming away winners in this one inside 90 minutes and would back Bayern Munich to win and BTTS at 15/8!