PSG-Bayern: Champions League Round of 16 Preview

At the moment, all pairs of the 1/8 finals of the Champions League of the 2022-2023 season are already known, which means that we can already make our predictions for the playoff favorites for bets in kirish. The draw gave us a lot of interesting confrontations, but the match between the giants of European football, the Bayern and PSG teams, is of the greatest interest to many fans. It is quite difficult to pick a favorite in this meeting, since the teams are approximately equal in strength, but we will try to do it anyway.

Bayern’s path to the 1/8 finals of the Champions League

Time for revenge? May be. It will be the third time in three years that the two clubs will meet in the Champions League play-offs. Bayern beat PSG in the final to win the competition in 2020, while the French champions knocked out the Germans without Lewandowski in the 2021 quarter-finals. Since the two teams last met, PSG have further bolstered their already stellar squad by adding Leo Messi to the attack. With Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, the Parisians have the most dangerous striker trio in world football, although Bayern have scored the same number of goals this season. Beating them won’t be easy, and Nagelsmann’s current defense system will require fine tuning before it’s ready to take the pressure of three of the best strikers in world football. However, first things first.

The German champions were in the “Group of Death” with Barcelona and Inter, but they still managed to win all six games. In the opening match, the Munich team defeated Inter away with a score of 0:2, then Barcelona (2:0) and Victoria Plzen (5:0) were defeated. Thus, Bayern secured access to the playoffs in just 3 starting matches, without conceding a single goal in them. In the 4th round, Bayern were again stronger than Victoria (2:4). Further, the club from Munich defeated Barcelona (0:3) and Inter (2:0).

The Bavarian giants have won the Bundesliga every season since 2012/13 and despite losing their top scorer Robert Lewandowski in the summer, they continue to prove they have the offensive firepower to challenge any defence. The 35-year-old head coach Julian Nagelsmann has a wealth of attacking talent at his disposal in Mane, Sane, Gnabry, Coman, the ageless Müller, the young Musiala and Thiel, as well as the always reliable Choupo-Moting.

PSG’s path to the 1/8 finals of the Champions League

The end of the group stage of the Champions League could hardly be worse for the hopes of PSG fans. Their favorites, for inexplicable reasons, could not finish first in their group. Under the leadership of Christophe Galtier, the French champions this season are playing better than in previous years, but still, many experts do not call this game a championship.

Despite the fact that the Parisians had a much weaker group than Bayern, Mbappe, Messi, Neymar and the company could not achieve a 100% result. The group round started well enough for PSG, with a confident home win over Juventus (2:1). In the 2nd round Galtier’s team was stronger than Maccabi (1:3). It seemed that nothing would stop PSG from taking first place, but in the 3rd and 4th rounds, the Parisians stumbled over Benfica. Both meetings ended in draws 1:1. In the 5th round, PSG players mocked Maccabi, defeating the latter with a hockey score of 7:2. In the final match, in Turin, Juventus was defeated with a score of 1: 2, but this victory was not enough for the French for 1st place.

Odds for the match “PSG” – “Bayern”

This is a real heavyweight fight. Both clubs have world class players. Living legends compete in this. PSG finished second in their group in away goals behind Benfica. The Parisians failed to beat the Portuguese, and at the beginning of the tournament they looked as if they were “out of their element”. However, towards the end of the group stage, they played out and defeated Maccabi Haifa with a score of 7:2. Meanwhile, Bayern won every group stage match. They are the only club to have won each of the 6 games.

Even despite the departure of top scorer Robert Lewandowski from the team, the German club is a formidable power in attack.

Bookmakers consider the chances of teams to win approximately equal:

  • PSG – 2.15.
  • “Bayern” – 1.70.

However, if we choose one team that will go to the 1/4 of the Champions League, we will focus on the French club. Kylian Mbappe is in incredible form and Lionel Messi is back in the form he had at Barcelona. Also, we should not forget about Neymar, who plays a very big role in the team. In our opinion, Parisians are passing through here.

The first leg will take place at the Parc des Princes in Paris in February and the second leg at the Allianz Arena in March. Exact dates have not yet been determined.