PSG and Bayern Munich will look to end their season on a high as the 2019/20 Champions League winners. Matthew Hill previews the biggest game in Europe, having landed three tips in his last two previews.
Who is playing?
PSG vs Bayern Munich
What competition are PSG and Bayern Munich playing in?
UEFA Champions League Final
What time is kick off between PSG and Bayern Munich?
20:00 BST on Sunday 23rd August 2020
What stadium is hosting PSG vs Bayern Munich?
Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal
What channel is PSG vs Bayern Munich on?
BT Sport 1. It is also available for free on the BT Sport website and on YouTube.
PSG vs Bayern Munich Summary
PSG take on Bayern Munich in the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League Final.
PSG, one of Europe’s biggest spenders but also one of Europe’s biggest underachievers are through to their first Champions League Final thanks to goals from Marquinhos, Angel di Maria and Juan Bernat. Bayern Munich’s relentless march through this season’s Champions League continued as they breezed past Lyon to reach their 11th Champions League Final.
They will hold the trophy ceremony after the final whistle on the pitch. UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin will present the trophy to the winning team and will also hand over the medals to the players and staff of both teams.
PSG Team News and Form
Marquinhos headed home with the opener from a Di Maria free kick. The second came from a close range finish by Di Maria. Bernat sealed the win with a header.
In the last three seasons, PSG were knocked out in the last 16 of The Champions League and before that they were knocked out at the quarter-final stage four years in a row.
Keylor Navas picked up a hamstring injury during PSG’s quarter-final with Atalanta and was forced to miss the semi-final against RB Leipzig. The Costa Rica international remains a doubt for Sunday’s contest, but various reports in France have suggested that the club’s number one goalkeeper will return for the final. Should he miss out, Sergio Rico will keep his spot between the sticks after keeping a clean sheet against Leipzig.
Idrissa Gueye missed out on the starting line-up for PSG’s semi against Leipzig after picking up a muscle injury in training, and while named on the bench, it remains a doubt if he will be fit to retake his place in the starting 11. Layvin Kurzawa (thigh) and Marco Verratti (calf) are also doubtful.
PSG have no players suspended, Neymar will not face a ban after the Brazilian appeared to break UEFA’s coronavirus protocols at the end of Tuesday’s semi-final against Leipzig by swapping shirts with Marcel Halstenberg. However, swapping shirts is only recommended so they will take no action.
Bayern Munich Team News and Form
Serge Gnabry scored Bayern Munich’s first two goals against Lyon and Robert Lewandowski got the third late on.
Bayern’s win against Lyon ended their run of having lost their last four Champions League semi-finals. It also keeps them on course for a treble of trophies in Hansi Flick’s first season as coach.
Bayern boss Hansi Flick confirmed after the clash with Lyon that Niklas Sule replaced Boateng at the interval of the semi-final because of a muscular problem. However, the experienced central defender is expected to be available for the clash with the French champions. Benjamin Pavard returned to training ahead of the semi-final victory over Lyon and was introduced as a substitute.
Head to Head
PSG Last 5 Matches (All Competitions)
- RB Leipzig (N) 3-0 Champions League win
- Atalanta (N) 2-1 Champions League win
- Sochaux (H) 1-0 Friendly win
- Lyon (N) 0-0 (6-5) Coupe de la Ligue win
- Saint Etienne (H) 1-0 Coupe de France win
Bayern Munich Last 5 Matches (All Competitions)
- Lyon (N) 3-0 Champions League win
- Barcelona (N) 8-2 Champions League win
- Chelsea (H) 4-1 Champions League win
- Marseille (H) 1-0 Friendly win
- Bayer Leverkusen (A) 4-2 Bundesliga win
PSG Top Goalscorers
- Kylian Mbappe (18 Ligue 1 goals + 5 Champions League goals) – The French forward’s 18 goals in Ligue 1 meant he won the golden boot. In the Champions League this season, he has got five goals and six assists from just five starts and four substitute appearances.
- Mauro Icardi (12 Ligue 1 goals + 5 Champions League goals) – Icardi has got five goals in seven Champions League starts this season.
Bayern Munich Top Goalscorers
- Robert Lewandowski (34 Bundesliga goals + 15 Champions League goals) – The Polish forward has scored in every Champions League game so far this season and is the tournament’s top scorer with 14 goals.
- Serge Gnabry (12 Bundesliga goals + 9 Champions League goals) – Gnabry’s 9 goals and 2 assists in The Champions League have come from 8 starts and 1 substitute appearance. He scored 4 goals against Tottenham and he got a brace against Chelsea and Lyon.
- Bayern Munich have won 10 successive Champions League games – which equals the record for winning streaks in the competition set by Real Madrid in 2015 and Bayern themselves in 2013 – as part of a 28 game unbeaten run stretching back to December.
- Bayern are on the longest unbeaten run across Europe’s top five league’s (P29 W28 D1 L0), scoring 97 goals during this run (3.4 per game) and winning each of their past 20.
- They are only the fourth team in Champions League history to surpass 40 goals in a single campaign. Only Barcelona in 1999-2000 have netted more in a single campaign in the competition (45) than Bayern’s 42 this season.
- Bayern Munich will play in the final of the European Cup/Champions League for the 11th time (equalling AC Milan’s record), with only Real Madrid (16) having participated in more.
- Only Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2003 (9) and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018 (11) have scored in as many successive matches in the competition’s history as Robert Lewandowski.
- Serge Gnabry has been directly involved in 11 goals in the Champions League this season (nine goals and two assists); only Robert Lewandowski has had a hand in more (20).
- Angel di Maria has 89 assists in all competitions since he joined PSG in August 2015 – only Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has more in Europe’s top five leagues in that time. He also now has nine goal involvements in the competition this season, surpassing the tally he managed in helping Real Madrid lift the trophy in 2013-14.
- Angel di Maria is unbeaten in all 17 Champions League matches he has scored in (W15 D2 L0 – 21 goals in total) – only Mohamed Salah (18), Gonzalo Higuain (21) and Patrick Kluivert (25) have scored in more games without defeat in the competition’s history.
- When Di Maria, Mbappe and Neymar have started together this season, PSG have lost just one of 12 games.
- PSG will be the fifth different French side to appear in a European Cup/Champions League final and the first since Monaco in 2003-04. Only Italy, Germany (6 each) and England (8) have had more different clubs appear in the final of the competition.
- No side has ever scored in more consecutive matches in major UEFA competitions than PSG’s current run of 34 (level with Real Madrid between 2011-2014 in the Champions League). The last side to stop the Parisians scoring were Manchester City back in a 1-0 win in April 2016.
Source: BBC Sport
|21st July 2018||BAY 3-1 PSG||International Champions Cup|
|5th December 2017||BAY 3-1 PSG||Champions League|
|27th September 2017||PSG 3-0 BAY||Champions League|
Matthew’s Betting Tips
Bayern Munich to carry on their excellent run in the Champions League and lift their 6th European Cup is 21/20* with Mark Jarvis
Serge Gnabry to carry on his excellent scoring record in the tournament and score at anytime is 5/4* with Mark Jarvis.
It’s set to be a close game with both teams possessing excellent forwards. Bayern Half time/Full time – Draw/Bayern Munich is 9/2* with Mark Jarvis.
*Odds as of the time of writing (Friday 21st August) and subject to change.
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