Borussia Dortmund v Paris Saint Germain Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020


Westfalenstadion

Punter's Pick

The Parisian’s came through the group stages in impressive fashion, adding much needed defensive steel to their undoubted attacking flair – at 6/5 with Bet365 they look good value to silence a partisan home crowd and come away with a valuable away victory to set themselves up perfectly for the second leg.

Having said that Dortmund will surely feel they can breach the French wall at some stage, it’s just that their own defence will not be able to cope with the likes of Mbappe and Neymar – back PSG to win and both teams to score at 12/5, again with Bet365.

Two of Europe’s most exciting sides go head to head on Tuesday, as free scoring Borussia Dortmund welcome perennial French champions PSG to the Westfalenstadion, with both sides filled with exciting attacking talent.

Both sides packing a considerable punch in attack

With Jadon Sancho emerging as one of the hottest properties in European football this season, Dortmund look like they have found their next big money sale as they continue their cycle of nurturing talent and transforming them into superstars. With fifteen goals and as many assists so far this season, the English winger looks destined for a return to the Premier League or to Spain. Not content with Sancho, Dortmund signed another wonderkid in the form of Erling Haaland in the transfer window, and have been handsomely rewarded with eight goals already from the prolific teenager, at an astonishing rate of a goal every 38 minutes so far this season.

PSG are not exactly short of talent of their own in attack, with the fearsome trio of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edison Cavani supplemented by the arrival of Mauro Icardi this season. Not surprisingly they are cruising to yet another French title with a ten point lead at present, and with 67 goals scored in 25 league games so far this season they continue to entertain in attack.

Can French side make the final at last?

Not unlike Manchester City, PSG are owned by wealthy Middle East backers who crave success in the Champions League and have not been shy about putting the investment into making lifting the trophy a realistic dream. PSG however have continued to come up short in recent seasons, despite generally being one of the form teams after the group stages. The 6-1 meltdown to Barcelona to throw away a 4-0 first leg lead continues to cast a shadow over the club, with the nagging feeling the lack of challenge in the French League leaves the star studded side ill-prepared for the tougher challenge of Champions League knockout stages.

Team News

Dortmund will be without the services of both Marco Reus and Thomas Delaney through injury, while an ankle problem is expected to rule another exciting attacker in the shape of Julian Brandt. Thorgan Hazard is likely to support Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland in attack.

PSG are with the injured pair Colin Dagba and Abdou Diallo, but Neymar is expected to overcome a rib injury to start for the French champions on Tuesday, despite being seen attending a fashion event in Germany rather than continuing his rehabilitation in Paris.

PSG to edge first leg?

Despite the array of attacking talent on show, first legs of knockout stages can be cagey affairs and both sides will be mindful of over attacking and leaving themselves too open at the back. PSG only conceded two goals in the group stages, suggesting they have found a way to temper their natural inclination to attack with a more pragmatic approach. Both sides obviously have attacking talent in abundance, but it could be argued PSG’s forwards are still one level above Dortmund’s, and combined with their defensive prowess they should be able to come away with a hard fought victory

Punter's Pick

The Parisian’s came through the group stages in impressive fashion, adding much needed defensive steel to their undoubted attacking flair – at 6/5 with Bet365 they look good value to silence a partisan home crowd and come away with a valuable away victory to set themselves up perfectly for the second leg.

Having said that Dortmund will surely feel they can breach the French wall at some stage, it’s just that their own defence will not be able to cope with the likes of Mbappe and Neymar – back PSG to win and both teams to score at 12/5, again with Bet365.

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