RB Leipzig and Paris Saint Germain battle for a final spot in this Champions League cracker in Lisbon on Tuesday, so what does the betting have in place for two sides who have shown exceptional quality thus far?
Champions League 2019/2020
Date: Tuesday August, 18
Kick-off: 20:00 pm
Venue: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica
RB Leipzig upset the odds when beating Atletico Madrid 2-1 last time out, thanks to an 88th-minute deflected strike from substitute attacker Tyler Adams.
The Saxony club who will now be playing at this stage for the first time in their young history will surely be eyeing another scalp, having already bundled last season’s runner-up Tottenham out of this edition during the Round 16.
That will be an arduous task however, as Paris Saint Germain are expected to apply more telling pressure at the other end than Atletico did.
PSG are into the semis for the first time since the 1994/1995 campaign, nearly 15 years before their opponents Leipzig were even formed.
The Parisens have so often flattered to deceive in this competition and appeared to be facing another frustrating failure when they trailed to Mario Pasalic’s effort here last time out.
Ultimately, two late goals from unlikely sources Marquinhos and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting turned the game on its head, thus pitting two old pals against themselves here (Julian Naglesmann and Thomas Tuchel had worked together coaching Augsburg’s reserves during the 2007/08 season)
This will be the first ever meeting between these two sides in any competitive structure and given their positivity towards attacking football should make for an entertaining semifinal affair.
Latest arrivals, Hwang Hee-chan and Benjamin Henrichs are ineligible for this game.
Goalscorer Adams could come into the starting XI for Konrad Laimer, but there will be no place for Ibrahima Konate following hip surgery.
Keylor Navas tore his hamstring against Atalanta, so Sergio Rico is set to take his place in goal.
Marco Verratti and Layvin Kurzawa are back in training but this game should come too soon for them.
Kylian Mbappe shook off his ankle problem when he came off the bench last time out, and should get the nod to start in attack alongside Neymar and Mauro Icardi here.
Head to Head
This is the first ever competitive meeting between these two sides.
Leipzig’s last five competitive games: DLWDW
PSG’s last five competitive games: WWWWW
This game has all the trappings of producing a Champions League classic. Leipzig have shown exceptional maturity thus far this season and can be tricky opposition, but then PSG have an edge in class which is hard to get away from.
The Paris club know they stand the best chance of winning the title this season following the elimination of heavyweights Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Real Madrid and their likes, and will most likely give this one their best short yet. It is no surprise they are very short on prize, 3/4 for an outright win.
But given the tendency of a game like this to produce goals, we like to back the Both Teams To Score/PSG win market which is prized for an interesting 12/5.
Mbappe made a decisive cameo off the bench for PSG last time out, setting up Choupo-Moting’s winner with a deft movement. He is 11/10 to score anytime here and is our man on the goal-scorers market.
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