PSG vs Borussia DortmundUEFA Champions League, KO: 20:00 Mar 11, 2020, Parc des Princes
PSG and Borussia Dortmund will battle it out for a place in the last-eight of the Champions League inside an empty Parc des Princes on Wednesday night.
This tantalising tie is in the balance with the Bundesliga side making the trip to the French capital defending a delicate 2-1 advantage.
Scandinavian sensation Erling Halland scored twice in eight minutes either side of a Neymar strike that could prove to be a priceless away goal for the Parisians.
Domestically, Dortmund have been flawless since defeating the French giants – Lucien Favre's vibrant young side have won three on the spin – and Saturday's 2-1 win away at Monchengladbach saw the Black Yellows move up to second-spot in the Bundesliga.
Star-studded PSG have bounced back in style form their 2-1 defeat in Dortmund, winning all three of their domestic outings and firing in an eye-catching 13 goals in the process.
Indeed, Thomas Tuchel's free-scoring side have all but secured another Ligue 1 crown, however, the former BVB boss' mission statement is to deliver the holy grail that PSG have not been able to reach, namely, the Champions League.
The Betting Odds
PSG must win to avoid a fourth consecutive elimination at this stage of the tournament and the hosts are heavily fancied at 7/10 with 888sport to outscore the visitors in normal time.
The Betting Angles
Given the plethora of attacking talent that will be on display at the Parc des Princes, everything points towards backing a goal-heavy game here, however, that is reflected in the general 2/5 that is available for both teams to score, while over 2.5 match strikes is also priced at 2/5 with most bookmakers and top casino experts.
PSG have picked up an unwanted reputation as perennial underachievers in the Champions League and the French superpower can ill-afford another second-leg freeze on Wednesday night.
The Parisians have consistently under-performed in Europe's elite club competition in recent seasons -something that the PSG faithful recently unveiled a scathing banner about – however, I suspect the hosts will shoot out the traps here in a desperate bid to avoid another episode of European failure.
PSG are as short as 1/14 with Betway to make the net bulge and two or more home goals pays 17/40 with the same firm, however, combining two PSG goals with two Dortmund cards takes appeal at 11/10 with Bet 365.
Tuchel's troops have have scored two or more goals in 24 of their last 26 outings and I suspect the French champions could find their shooting boots now that they are back on familiar territory, not to mention, Dortmund have struggled for clean sheets on the road this term.
However, PSG are hardly watertight at the back themselves and free-scoring Dortmund will fancy their chances of grabbing that all-important away goal.
The German giants have scored in each of their last 18 outings across all competitions and backing BVB to make the net bulge and to pick up two or more bookings in their bid to reach the last-eight catches the eye at 10/11 with Bet 365
What's more, referee Anthony Taylor – who is averaging 4.4 cards per game in the Premier League this season – will take charge of this tussle, all of which adds to the appeal of backing the aforementioned combinations.
It's also worth noting that Taylor has flashed 20 yellow cards across the four Champions League matches that he has officiated this term – an average of five bookings per game – and given what's at stake here, coupled with the wealth of attacking talent that will be on show, I like the look of the 23/20 (Bet 365) that is available for both teams to collect over one card in what should be a captivating contest in the French capital.
This UEFA Champions League match between PSG and Borussia Dortmund will be played on Mar 11, 2020 and kick off at 20:00. Check below for our tipsters best PSG vs Borussia Dortmund prediction.