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Borussia Dortmund vs. Paris Saint-Germain Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
17 February 2020
Tuesday 18 February
Signal Iduna Park – Champions League
French champions Paris St Germain travel to Bundesliga hopefuls Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, in what promises to be one of the most exciting matches of the Champions League Round of 16.
The two sides have faced each other just twice, a decade ago in the Europa League. The match in Paris ended with a goalless draw, whilst the reverse fixture also finished with honours even, after a Nuri Sahin goal was levelled out by a late strike from Clement Chantome.
Marco Reus remains sidelined through injury, meaning that Lucien Favre will have to decide whether to retain his false 9 system by fielding Thorgan Hazard, or start wonder-kind Erling Haaland. Axel Witsel and Dan-Axel Zagadou are both expected to start despite recently returning from injury. Emre Can may make his Champions League debut for the club in an attempt to shore up the mid-field.
Thomas Tuchel will be hoping that Neymar recovers in time to feature on Tuesday, with the Brazilian having missed the past few week due to a minor injury. The manager is likely to rotate heavily at the weekend, allowing the likes of Thiago Silva and Ander Herrera to get back to 100% in preparation, with Marquinhos out injured.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Paris Saint-Germain Predictions, Preview and Predictions
Borussia Dortmund look to pull off a surprise result against Champions League favourites PSG on Tuesday and may be in with as good a chance as ever of doing so. They’re 2.85 to win in 90 minutes here, with the draw at 3.85 and PSG at 2.30.
The Bundesliga side are suffering from a lack of consistency at the moment, swinging from five-goal wins to insipid defeats to mid-table sides. However, this could be the perfect tactics to beat the French champions, who themselves look fluid moving forward, but have been prone to defensive lapses at times this season.
Domestically 112 goals have been scored between the two sides this season, and the neutral will be hoping that Tuesday’s game is an end-to-end goal fest, much like Dortmund’s recent game at Bayer Leverkusen. Tuchel will have little experience in Ligue 1 of clubs coming out and attacking PSG, playing positive and attacking football, and the manager may be tempted to make changes to cope with the host’s forward threat.
Much depends on whether the visitors have a fit and healthy Neymar, who may be able to offer PSG the mercurial ability to play their own brand of football, on the front foot. Kylian Mbappe may be the French golden-boy at the moment, but it is the Brazilian captain that turns PSG into true Champions League contenders.
If both managers go out looking to out-score the other the neutral should be in for a thrilling evening of football, with both side’s attacking abilities clearly outweighing their defence.
Erling Braut Haaland to score anytime at 2.30
The Norwegian forward has scored the second most Champions League goals this season, and will be hoping to add to his tally.
Over 2.5 goals scored at 1.42
Tuesday’s game could well end in an all-out-attack display from both teams, looking to outscore their leaky defences.