Paris Saint Germain test financial muscle against European giants, Bayern Munich

Paris Saint Germain test financial muscle against European giants, Bayern Munich

The last European summer transfer window will largely be remembered for Paris Saint Germain’s audacious capture of Brazilian super star Neymar from Barcelona. The French club broke the bank to land their man in a €222 million world record move that is still reverberating in football circle up-till now.

Neymar’s arrival in Paris has further increased the rising profile of the club and the results have shown that they are now more formidable than ever. The comprehensive trouncing of Celtic in the opening group match attest to the potency of the Parisians new attack which also include Edinson Cavani and teenage sensation, Kylian Mbappe.

PSG and Bayern Munich are the favourites to qualify from this group after convincing wins in their opening fixtures. They are now scheduled to go head-to-head as they try to bounce back from disappointments at the weekend.

Bayern Munich surrendered a two-goal lead against Wolfsburg, dropping to third in the Bundesliga behind Dortmund and Hoffenheim. Paris Saint-Germain, who were missing Neymar, were also held to a draw as they failed to find a way past Montpellier for the third time in their last four meetings.

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History

These sides are not that familiar with each other. They last met in the Champions League in the 2000/2001 season, when both sides won their home fixture in the group. They both made it out of the group that year, with Bayern going on to win the tournament.

In 22 years as a manager, decorated Italian, Carlo Ancelotti has never faced Paris Saint-Germain, the club he led to the Ligue 1 title in 2012-13; similarly, Unai Emery has never come up against Bayern Munich as a manager.

Team News

The big news for the hosts is that Neymar should be available to start in a front three with Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani after apparently reconciling his differences with the latter. All three were on the scoresheet at Parkhead a fortnight ago and they will be competing for the limelight once more.

Bayern could be without midfielder Thiago Alcântara but they welcome back Arturo Vidal from suspension. Influential first choice goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer is sidelined until January with a foot injury. Sven Ulreich currently deputizes.

It will be interesting to see how Paris Saint Germain will cope the pace and trickery Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandoski.

That Neymar is a match winner is not in doubt. His absence coincided with the first points dropped in Ligue One and so much had been said already of his significance to the team.

This is the type of match that Bayern relishes. The fact that they are playing away will also reduce the pressure of their poor start to the Bundesliga.

PSG are facing the first real test since their summer transfer activities. It is the perfect time to show their intension to the rest of Europe that they actually mean business by beating Bayern Munich.

Prediction:

PSG 3    2 Bayern Munich

Wednesday full fixtures:

Qarabag FK 0
 

Roma

 

3

 CSKA Moscow                0
 

Man United                       1

 

FC Basel                                    1

 

Benfica                                      2

 

Anderlecht                         1

 

Celtic                                  2

 

Juventus                                   4

 

Olympiacos                             1

 

PSG                                    3       

 

Bayern                               2

 

Atlético Madrid                      1

 

Chelsea                                   1

 

Sporting                             1

 

Barcelona                           3

 

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