Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Signal-Iduna-Park will host the first leg of the Champions League last 16 game between Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain. Lucien Favre’s charges clinched second position in Group F, four points behind Barcelona, but they face an uphill task in Tuesday’s football game against the star-studded French champions. Since Marco Reus misses the match with injury, a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be January signing Erling Haland, who has been scoring goals for fun in the Bundesliga of late.
Les Parisiens have been impressive in the elite competitions this term, with the team dropping only two points in the process. Considering that Thomas Tuchel’s troops are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against the Bundesliga side, both teams to score bet should be considered. You should know that Neymar is rated doubtful for the Signal-Iduna-Park showdown.
Highlighted Player (Axel Witsel):
Alex Witsel is Belgian footballer who plays for Russian outfit Zenit Saint Petersburg. The 186-cm-tall midfielder began his senior career at Standard Liege and after spending five years at the Belgian club, he moved to Benfica in 2011. Witsel impressed in the 2011/2012 Primeira Liga campaign and, as a result, Zenit chiefs decided to sign him on 3 September, 2012.
The Belgian footballer scored 4 goals in 19 league appearances for the Zenitchiki in the 2012/2013 Russian Premier League campaign and he has been producing fine displays for the Russian outfit ever since he joined the club. Speaking of his international career, Alex Witsel has nine caps for Belgium U-21 side and he made his debut for the first team on 26 March, 2008.
The Belgian midfielder represented his homeland at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and he played for the Red Devils at the 2016 European Championship finals as well.
Highlighted Team (PSG):
Formed by the merger of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain in 1970, Paris Saint-Germain or as they call it PSG is the most successful club in French football with 31 domestic titles to their name. Having won six Ligue 1 title so far, a record ten Coupes de France, a record six Coupes de la Ligue, six Trophees des Champions and one Ligue 2 title, PSG are also one of only two French clubs to ever win a European title.
Les Parisiens were crowned UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup champions back in 1995-96, while their last European trophy was the 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup. Beginning of the new millennium was particularly hard for the celebrated club who flirted with relegation in 2000s before they were bought by the Quatar Sports Investments group in 2011 when the rebirth of the Paris Saint-Germain as we know it today began.
Following heavy squad investments and team boosting, PSG won their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years with Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic almost singlehandedly leading his side towards the trophy with 30 goals. Having established domestic dominance, PSG now set their sights on winning the Champions League which remains an elusive dream for the club from Paris.