This Tuesday evening, PSG faces RB Leipzig in Lisbon in the semi-final of the Champions League. Both teams will want to win to advance to the final.
RB Leipzig vs PSG Free Betting Tips
In good shape before confinement, Leipzig was in the game to try to get the first title in its history in Germany. But ultimately, Jurgen Nagelsmann’s men could not keep up with the hellish pace imposed by Bayern Munich. Worse, they missed each other a lot and couldn’t get better than 3rd place, also behind Borussia Dortmund. Defeated by BVB (0-2) on Matchday 37, they punctuated their Bundesliga season with the last victory against Augsburg (1-2). In C1, Christopher Nkunku’s partners finished at the top of their group in the 1st round ahead of Lyon, Zénit, and Benfica. Then, they had no trouble getting rid of Tottenham in the Round of 16, winning both the way and the return (0-1 and 3-0) before football was put on hold in Europe. Opposed to Atlético Madrid in the quarter-finals, the Germans managed to win at the end of the game (2-1) after a serious but rather dull match and to win their ticket for the 1st semi-final of their history. Leipzig had never even passed the group stage of the Champions League until this season.
For its part, PSG has once again dominated things on the French national scene. First, the Parisians won their 7th title in 8 years by outclassing all of their opponents. After the confinement and stoppage of Ligue 1, they seized the two national cups by dominating Saint-Etienne in the final of the Coupe de France (1-0) and then by winning on penalties against Lyon in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue (0-0 5-4 TAB). From now on, all eyes in Paris are on the Big-eared Cup, which represents the ultimate goal of the Qataris who have invested in the club for nearly 10 years now to raise the European Grail. In their group of the 1st round, Thomas Tuchel’s men easily took 1st place ahead of Real Madrid, Club Brugge, and Galatasaray. In the Round of 16, Neymar’s band got scared by losing in the first leg in Dortmund (2-1). But on the return, she managed to reverse the trend by winning at the Park (2-0). Last Wednesday, the Parisians were in difficulty against Atalanta. Led from the 1st half, they were amorphous for a long time before the substitutes made the difference. Worn out by Mbappé’s assaults, the Italians ended up giving in twice in the last 5 minutes. Also, the champions of France have won their ticket for the semi-final of the Champions League for the first time in 25 years.
The workforce for RB Leipzig vs PSG
In Leipzig, Timo Werner, 2nd top scorer in the Bundesliga with 28 goals and the Germans’ main offensive weapon, joined Chelsea at the end of the championship and does not play this end of the Champions League. On top of that, the less important Wolf and Ampadu have also left the club. Newcomers, Henrichs, and Hwang are not qualified. In the infirmary, we find the young French defender Ibrahima Konaté who is still recovering. The injured part of the season, Danish forward Poulsen and midfielder Sabitzer came back just in time and were started in the last game, but for this quarter Czech international Schick could be preferred over Poulsen. The German club will still have to count on a huge Upamecano, the young French central defender having been excellent against Atlético. Tactical level, a big game of chess starts between Nagelsmann and Tuchel, the first-named having a priori to align his team in a rather compact 3-3-3-1, within particular a former Parisian aligned on the left-wing, Christopher Nkunku.
Forced to start on the bench against Bergamo after being the victim of a big sprained ankle against Saint-Etienne, Mbappé should be able to start Tuesday evening. When it came into play, the French nugget showed that it was in the legs and played a decisive role in the qualification of his team. His association with Neymar, admittedly awkward in front of goal against Bergamo but very active and almost the only offensive danger before the entry of Mbappé, could still wreak havoc. Another good news, the return of the suspension of Angel Di Maria who should take place on the right side. The injured Layvin Kurzawa and especially Marco Verratti, but also the midfielder Gueye affected against Atalanta are all uncertain, and we will give you information during the day on their possible presence. Affected in the hamstrings, Thiago Silva will be able to hold his place, which will not be the case for the titular porter Navas who was forced to leave against Bergamo and who will be replaced by Sergio Rico. Note that executives Thomas Meunier and Edison Cavani, as well as young Kouassi, left the club on June 30. Against Bergamo, Icardi and Sarabia were non-existent. But Tuchel could keep the Argentinian, more at ease in the 4-4-2 which worked so well before confinement. In this system, Neymar plays on the left but the German technician could also decide to position the Brazilian as a free electron behind Icardi with Mbappé on one side. Despite his very good entry into the game, the hero Choupo-Moting should once again be confined to the role of Joker.
The compositions for RB Leipzig vs PSG
The probable composition of Leipzig
Gulacsi – Klostermann, Upamecano, Halstenberg – Laimer, Kampl, Angelino – Sabitzer, Olmo, Nkunku – Poulsen (or Schick).
Absent: Werner, Ampadu, Wolf (start), Konaté (injured), Henrichs, Hwang (unqualified).
Not sure: None
The planned tactical arrangement (3-3-3-1):
Klostermann – Upamecano – Halstenberg
Laimer – Kampl – Angelino
Sabitzer – Olmo – Nkunku
The probable composition of the PSG
Sergio Rico – Kehrer, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat – Di Maria, Marquinhos, Paredes, Neymar – Mbappé, Icardi.
Absent: Cavani, Meunier, Kouassi (departure), Navas (injured).
Doubtful: Verratti, Kurzawa, Gueye (injured)
The planned tactical disposition (4-4-2):
Kehrer – Thiago Silva – Kimpembe – Bernat
Di Maria – Marquinhos – Paredes – Neymar
Icardi – Mbappé
The history of the confrontations RB Leipzig vs PSG
The two teams have never met in official competition.
Leipzig won in the only friendly match played between the two clubs (4-2 in the summer of 2014).
– The meeting will take place on neutral ground, in Lisbon.
Key points for the match RB Leipzig vs PSG
– PSG appear to be much better equipped on the offensive side than Leipzig.
– Mbappé should regain a starting place in this part and his impact when he entered the game was essential on the offensive plan.
– The two teams are not very accustomed to this stage of the competition, but PSG is starting to experience these final stages of C1.
– PSG seems to have won mentally (comeback against Dortmund and Atalanta), a point that had been lacking in previous seasons.
RB Leipzig vs PSG Free Betting Tips
Above on paper, PSG could take advantage of Mbappé’s return as a holder to succeed in winning and accessing the 1st Champions League final in its history.
Betting Tips: PSG
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