Rarabets brings you preview On the Champions League fixtures with Leipzig vs PSG Betting tips, match preview, team news & predictions as PSG’s quest to lift the trophy lies in just two wins away.
The Ligue 1 Champions will face the ever-improving RB Leipzig under young manager Julian Nagelsmann in the semifinals.
🗣 Our Best Bets: BTTS & second half to be the half containing more goals
Here’s all you need to know.
RB Leipzig vs PSG key details
- 🗓 18 August 2020
- 🏟 Estádio da Luz
- ⌚️ 22:00 kickoff (EAT)
📝 RB Leipzig vs PSG match preview
This should be a fascinating clash of styles and systems between two teams who both needed late winners in the quarterfinals.
Marcel Sabitzer’s prompting and probing from midfield saw him bag an assist and the Austrian was also heavily involved in the winner against Atlético Madrid, finding Angelino with a through-ball who supplied Tyler Adams’ deflected goal to send Leipzig into the semifinals.
The challenge here will be different against a PSG side spearheaded by the directness and dribbling of Neymar, who was sublime in PSG’s dramatic come-from-behind win against Atalanta, a match in which he completed an all-time record 16 dribbles.
Leipzig has become an entertaining unit under their 33-year-old manager Julian Nagelsmann, scoring at least twice in six of their last seven Champions League matches and they’ll need to spread the goals around again after the departure of Timo Werner.
The aforementioned Sabitzer has scored 16 goals in all competitions this season for the Bundesliga up-and-comers.
As far as PSG goes, there will be some nerves for Thomas Tuchel’s team, contesting their first Champions League semifinal since 1995.
Their status as heavy favourites to advance and go on to lift the trophy will only add to the tension building in the camp.
There were 20 total goals scored in this season’s four Champions League ties and 13 of them (65%) arrived in the second halves of matches.
There’s reason to believe that this clash could produce similar with a slow-burner first period that explodes into life in the second period.
PSG’s superior man-for-man quality isn’t a guarantee that they’ll get over the line against a Leipzig side that is defensively resilient and dangerous on the break.
Leipzig will relish their underdogs’ tag as they enter unchartered territory as a football club. 11 years ago they were founded, and now they’re in the Champions League semifinals.
Score prediction: Leipzig 2-2 PSG
✅ Recommended bets: Over 3.5 goals & Marcel Sabitzer to score anytime
🧮 Likely starting XIs & team news
🔴 Leipzig (3-4-2-1):
Gulacsi – Klostermann, Upamecano, Halstenberg – Kampl, Sabitzer, Laimer, Angelino – Olmo, Nkunku – Poulsen
🗞 Nordi Mukiele, Patrick Schick and Tyler Adams will all be pushing for starts. Ibrahima Konate is out injured.
🔵 PSG (4-2-2-2):
Rico; Kehrer, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat; Marquinhos, Gueye; Di María, Neymar; Mbappé, Icardi
🗞 Costa Rican veteran goalkeeper Keylor Navas is a major doubt. Marco Verratti is a major doubt but both Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria should both be fit enough to start in a modified 4-2-2-2 system.
Key betting stats
- RB Leipzig’s young New Yorker Tyler Adams became the first American ever to score in a UEFA Champions League quarterfinal.
- This will be the first-ever competitive meeting between RB Leipzig and PSG.
- Leipzig has won seven of their eight European knockout ties since first featuring in continental competition back in 2017.
- Both Leipzig and PSG are aiming to reach their first-ever European Cup/Champions League final.
- Leipzig would be the seventh different German team to reach the final (second only to English sides), while PSG would be the first French team to reach the showpiece since Monaco in 2003-04.
- PSG has found the back of the net in each of their last 33 Champions League games, only one behind the all-time record in major UEFA European competition (Real Madrid, 34 between 2011 and 2014).
- Leipzig is unbeaten in their last seven Champions League matches (W5 D2), having lost four of their first eight in the competition (W3 D1).
- Leipzig has scored at least twice in six of their last seven Champions League matches.