Two of European football’s giants meet again on Wednesday, as Bayern Munich host Paris Saint Germain in the Uefa Champions League quarter-final first leg.
It’s a repeat of last season’s UCL final, which Bayern pinched by the only goal in Lisbon to deny the serial French champions that elusive continental crown.
And here they are two stages earlier, with the best of the Bundesliga going up against Ligue Un’s finest for a place in the last four.
The first leg hosts breezed into the quarters, largely thanks to their 4-1 first leg win away to Lazio in the last 16.
They backed it up with a 2-1 success at the Allianz Arena to stroll past the hapless Italians and set up their final reunion.
PSG set the competition alight as they demolished Lionel Messi and his Barcelona side in the first knockout round, battering the 2015 winners 4-1 in the first leg at the Camp Nou.
The Argentinian maestro was on target at the Parc des Princes in the second leg, as well as missing a penalty, but Kylian Mbappe’s goal from the spot ensured a draw on the night and a handsome aggregate success.
Robert Lewandowski looks set to miss both quarter-final ties after picking up a knee injury, with the Polish striker joining Corentin Tolisso and Douglas Costa on the sidelines.
Alphonso Davies and Jerome Boateng may provide some fresh legs for coach Hans-Dieter Flick, after the pair missed out on domestic action at the weekend thanks to suspension.
Neymar will provide the thrust for the visitors alongside Mbappe and Angel Di Maria, although boss Mauricio Pochettino does have a few injury and illness concerns.
Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi are both isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.
Juan Bernat is ruled out by injury, with Layvin Kurzawa, Danilo Pereira and Mauro Icardi all doubtful for the daunting trip to Bavaria.
Bayern Munich vs Paris Saint Germain: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Bayern Munich vs Paris Saint Germain: UCL starting XI prediction
Probable Bayern Munich Starting XI: Manuel Neuer, Benjamin Pavard, Niklas Sule, David Alaba, Alphonso Davies, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane, Thomas Muller, Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry.
Probable Paris Saint Germain Starting XI: Keylor Navas, Colin Dagba, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Layvin Kurzawa, Leandro Paredes, Idrissa Gueye, Angel Di Maria, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Moise Kean.