Champions League final debutants PSG meet Bayern Munich for club football’s ultimate prize. The Parisians have made no secret of their desire to win the tournament and coasted to Sunday’s showpiece event after beating RB Leipzig 3-0. The opposing Bavarians will start as slight favourites though and go in search of their sixth tournament success.
Where and when: Estádio da Luz, Lisbon – 23 August, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see PSG vs. Bayern Munich: BT Sport 1
Last time: Bayern beat PSG 3-1 during the 2017-18 group-stage courtesy of Robert Lewandowski and an unlikely brace from Corentin Tolisso. Kylian Mbappe struck for the French outfit.
PSG v Bayern Munich Predictions and Preview
PSG have racked up countless domestic honours under the ownership of QSi but the Champions League has so far eluded the French title holders. Thomas Tuchel has achieved something none of his predecessors, Carlo Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc and Unai Emery managed and that is reach the last two and the German will be delighted to have Mbappe fit and raring to go.
The World Cup winner came off the bench against Atalanta in the quarter-final and completely changed the contest. La Dea were minutes away from qualification but could not contain Mbappe and team-mate Neymar in the closing stages.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Bayern Munich to win 2-1||8/1||Offer|
|Ivan Perisic to score first||10/1||Offer|
|Over 4.5 goals||12/5||Offer|
Mbappe got an 86-minute runout against Leipzig and is 5/1 to open proceedings. The former Monaco youngster will be flanked by Neymar, who has dazzled in Portugal, and Angel Di Maria.
Neymar has his critics but PSG are a different proposition with the maverick Brazilian in the side. The 28-year-old would feel vindicated for moving from Barcelona if his current employers lifted the trophy aloft and few would bet against him to influence the showdown. Neymar is 9/2 to break the deadlock and the Parisians are 9/4 to seal glory at the final whistle and 11/8 outright.
Bayern have been in irresistible form throughout the campaign. The Bavarian giants swept Lyon aside in their semi-final with Serge Gnabry and Roberto Lewandowski on the scoresheet.
Gnabry, famously made surplus to requirements by Arsenal, is 13/2 to notch the final effort, while the Polish hitman is 11/4 to register first. The 55-goal marksman is arguably the finest number nine in the world and the Bayern squad is blessed with superstar quality throughout the ranks.
David Alaba, currently playing at centre-half, is comfortable in three positions, while full-backs Joshua Kimmich and Alphonso Davies offer the next daunting wave of attack behind Gnabry and loanee Perisic.
Munich had five World Cup winners in reserve in midweek and appear set for a period of dominance on the European stage. Hansi Flick’s troops are backed at 10/11 to claim victory in regulation time and 4/7 to complete a treble of honours this term.
One to watch for PSG: Di Maria has contributed 12 strikes and 23 assists from 40 appearances, numbers worthy of esteemed colleagues Mbappe and Neymar, and is 11/4 to score anytime.
One to watch for Bayern: Thomas Muller is a big game player and the all-time World Cup top scorer is 17/2 to bag first. The 30-year-old will operate behind Lewandowski and is one of the most underrated forwards of the last decade.
Long shot: Munich have the edge from 1-11, and, indeed, from the substitutes bench, but PSG cannot be ruled out with Mbappe and Neymar on the pitch. The heavyweight encounter is likely to be a fine spectacle of attacking football and a 2-2 draw at full-time, with a further 30 minutes to follow and potentially penalties, is 10/1.