While there are suggestions that the last-sixteen second leg between PSG and Borussia Dortmund could end up taking place behind closed doors, one thing is for sure, PSG can overcome their first leg reverse to progress in the competition. They’re favorites to do so when looking at the sports betting odds of any reputable bookmaker, and it’s their quality which should see them through.
The first leg in Germany was all about the impressive Erling Haaland, who scored both of Dortmund’s goals, with a Neymar Jr. strike sandwiched in between. The Brazilian’s left-foot finish could and potentially will prove crucial, due to the away goals rule. And it came in a game which PSG dominated in the possession stakes. The scoreline was tight, and so was the action on the pitch; proving PSG have a fantastic chance in the return leg on Wednesday.
The 2-1 defeat against Lucien Favre’s side was PSG and Thomas Tuchel’s first reverse in the Champions League this season, with the French team having won five out of six games, with a 2-2 draw away at Real Madrid the anomaly. Dortmund, on the other hand, won three of their games in the group stage, drawing once, and losing twice. Their defeats came away from home, with a 2-0 reverse against Inter and a 2-1 defeat against FC Barcelona at the Nou Camp.
There’s no doubting that Dortmund is a good side, they’re currently on a four-game winning streak in the Bundesliga and have won seven out of their last eight in the league. They’re also pushing Bayern Munich in the race for the title, and their decision to recruit Erling Haaland has been a masterstroke. However, their four defeats in the German top-flight have all come away from home this season. And when you couple that with their away reverses in the Champions League group stages, it should give PSG confidence heading into the fixture.
PSG, who have won thirteen out of their last fifteen in Ligue 1, after only suffering three defeats all season, have a squad capable of giving any team on the planet a run for their money. There’s long been a desire for the team to build on their domestic success by proving themselves on the European stage. With a twelve-point lead in Ligue 1 and a game in hand, they can afford to focus on getting the job done against Dortmund, regardless of whether the match takes place behind closed doors.
Kylian Mbappé, 21, has five goals and five assists in six Champions League games this season, and Neymar has played three times in the competition, notching twice and setting up two goals. They will be the key against Dortmund at the Parc des Princes this week, and it was the duo who combined to net the crucial away goal in the first leg back in mid-February. Tuchel will be looking for them to do the business once again Wednesday evening.
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