Bayern Munich to lock playoffs

Bayern Munich to lock playoffs

Bayern Munich is eager to win against Paris Saint-Germain as they are a win away from the playoffs of the Champions League. During their first leg, it was Bayern who took the victory, inching them closer to the playoffs. It was an underwhelming performance from PSG, even having Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe playing for them. Bayern just needs to hold on for 90-minutes and protect their lead if they want to seal their spot. PSG on the other hand will not go easy on them, and will rely to their stars to go dominant for this match. This meeting will be on March 9, 2023, at 4:00 AM (GMT+8), with Bayern as hosts.

These two teams already had seven games prior to this match, and surprisingly, it was the hosts who has the advantage. The hosts won five of these seven matches, while the visitors were only able to list two wins. What makes this series an exciting one is the fact that these two teams are actually dominating their domestic league. They hosts are at the top of Bundesliga with 49 points. On the other hand, the visitors are at the top of Ligue 1 with 63 points, eight points ahead from the second placers. With that, expect a showdown between these two teams, as they both aim for the playoffs.

Bayern Munich

Champions League: Bayern Munich
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Although Bayern is not doing well in their domestic league recently, they are still the more confident team coming in this game. Aside from winning the first leg of their Round of 16 series, they are also coming from a win in Bundesliga. They are from a 2-1 win against Stuttgart, which gives them additional confidence. It was the goals from Matthijs de Ligt, and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting who helped them secure the win. Bayern are actually not at their best this season, raising doubts for their team. However, that win against PSG on their first leg is a proof how capable Bayern is. Meanwhile, this team still demands perfection though.

Considering Pavard’s send off during their first leg, he is now facing a one-month suspension for this match. Meanwhile, Lucas Hernandez continues to be out for this match, as he is still recovering from his ACL injury. Sadio Mane on the other hand already took part on their match against Stuttgart. However, he still needs to fight for a spot in the starting XI.

Paris Saint-Germain

Champions League: Paris Saint-Germain

PSG is coming from a 4-2 win against Nantes in their domestic league, where they can gain confidence from. Goals from Messi, Pereira, Mbappe, and Hadjam sealed the deal for PSG. However, they are currently at the disadvantage in this match, after losing the first leg of this series. They have been struggling in the Champions League this season, but it is no longer surprising. For the past seasons, it seems like this squad is really struggling going against other top clubs from different leagues. Their sullen performance against Bayern is the main reason why they lost their first leg. Additionally, the poor performance of Lionel Messi, and Neymar does not add to their chances. This is what they are hoping not to repeat for this match, as they still hope for playoff spot.

Preparing to undergo an ankle surgery, Neymar will now miss the rest of the season. Presnel Kimpembe on the other hand is also a long-term absentee, due to his Achille injury. However, PSG can expect Renato Sanches to be back for them, as he already recovered from his hamstring issue.


Bayern Munich (2.5)
Odds: 0.90
Bayern Munich to win on aggregate (3-2)

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