Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain team-mate ready for the real test of their strength as they take on Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich which manages by their former coach Carlo Ancelotti who returns to his old dumping ground for the first time to on look to build on a bright start to their UEFA Champions League campaign at French big-spenders on Wednesday night at Parc des Princes.
While the dethroned Ligue 1 champions PSG hopes to make it to final of the competition has made a huge investment in the summer by breaking a world record in bringing Neymar from Barcelona and Kylian Mbappe from Monaco but there would be no more excuses for Unai Emery and his squad for any poor performances this season.
PSG manager Emery will be out the services of Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore whom both are currently injured, while Brazilian superstar Neymar set to return after missing at weekend goalless to Montpeiller.
Bavarian will be with their number one goalkeeper Manuel Neuer with a foot injury and Juan Bernat also out with ankle injury.Head to Head
The last four meetings between the two sides were won by the team playing at home. With a pair of wins in the first two meetings, PSG leads the overall h2h with 4 wins and 2 draws.
PSG boast a strong record against German clubs in UEFA fixtures with 8 wins and 2 draws picked up from 13 matches at the expense of 3 losses. They are unbeaten at home with 5 wins and a draw.
Bayern’s overall record against French clubs is quite decent as 17 wins and 5 draws came from 31 meetings, losing 9. But the away record is moderate after having picked 5 wins and 3 draws from 14 games, losing in 6.
PSG is in sensation form having won seven of their eight matches so far with thrashing of Celtic 5-0 away from home on matchday 1
On the other hand, Bayern’s start to the season is equally good. The team started the season on a 5 match winning run which came to an end away at Hoffenheim three days prior to the 3-0 win against Anderlecht.
The Bavarian side surged forward in Bundesliga since, with back-to-back wins against Mainz and Schalke before failing to raise the ante against Wolfsburg this weekend. It was particularly disappointing as the 2-2 draw came after rushing to a 2-0 lead within the first 45 minutes.Probable line-ups
PSG Areola Dani Alves, Thiago Silva (c), Marquinhos, Layvin Kurzawa, Marco Verratti, Jullian Draxler, Andrien Rabiot Kylian Mbappe, Edison Cavani, Neymar
Bayern Munich Sven Ulreich, Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng (c), Matt Hummels, Rafinha, Thiago Alcantara, Arturo Vidal, Franck Ribery, James Rodriguez, Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski