Borussia Dortmund vs. Paris Saint-Germain: UEFA Champions League probable line-ups, match stats and LIVE blog!

bundesliga.com, 17 February 2020, 17:10
Borussia Dortmund vs. Paris Saint-Germain: UEFA Champions League probable line-ups, match stats and LIVE blog!

Borussia Dortmund will look to the firepower of Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho and Thorgan Hazard when two of Europe's most feared attacks collide in the UEFA Champions League this Tuesday, with the Paris Saint-Germain of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi visiting the Signal Iduna Park (kick-off 9pm CET/8pm GMT/3pm ET).

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With 22 goals in their past five Bundesliga outings, Dortmund's attack is the envy of Europe right now. Haaland has hit the headlines with his emphatic start to life in the Bundesliga, while Sancho's goals and assists continue to flow at a rate of knots, giving the Westphalians the confidence they need for this return to Champions League action after the winter break. Unfortunately for coach Lucien Favre, he cannot count on all the sharpened weapons in his armoury, however, since a groin injury means Marco Reus misses out, while Julian Brandt is also a doubt due to an ankle injury. Hazard should, therefore, feature from the beginning in a three-man attack which has tongues wagging up and down Europe while Manuel Akanji is likely to return to the defence having been rested on Friday in the 4-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

PSG have a pretty enviable attack of their own, however, and for their coach Thomas Tuchel - who returns to Dortmund, where he spent two seasons as head coach before moving to France in 2018 - the toughest decision is who to leave out. With Neymar, Mbappe, Icardi and Edinson Cavani all fit and well, one will inevitably be given an initial watching brief, and Tuchel's team selection for what, on paper at least, was a simple Ligue 1 tie at second-bottom Amiens on Saturday would indicate that Cavani will draw the short straw. Both Mbappe and Neymar were rested for a fixture which saw the Parisians recover from going 3-0 down to lead 4-3, only to be pegged back for a 4-4 draw, showing certain limitations in a defence which is likely to welcome Marquinhos back on Tuesday.

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Match stats

Dortmund recorded seven of their 10 points in the group stage at their Signal Iduna Park. They are the only Bundesliga team yet to lose at home in any competition this season.

Haaland is averaging a goal every 38 minutes for Dortmund. He scored eight times in six group games for former club Red Bull Salzburg.

Sancho is the only player in Europe's top five leagues on double figures for goals and assists this season.

Tuchel was Dortmund coach between June 2015 and May 2017, overseeing runners-up and third-placed finishes in the Bundesliga, and winning the 2016/17 DFB Cup.

Three former Bundesliga players are in the PSG squad: Juan Bernat (Bayern Munich 2014-18), Julian Draxler (Schalke 2001-15, Wolfsburg 2015-17) and Thilo Kehrer (Schalke 2012-18).

Probable line-ups

Dortmund: Bürki - Akanji, Hummels (c), Zagadou - Hakimi, Can, Witsel, Guerreiro - Hazard, Haaland, Sancho

Out: Delaney (knee), Reus (groin)

Doubtful: Brandt (ankle)

Coach: Lucien favre

PSG: Navas - Meunier, Marquinhos, Silva (c), Bernat - Di Maria, Gueye, Verratti, Neymar - Mbappe, Icardi

Out: Dagba (knee), Diallo (thigh)

Doubtful: Bernat (calf)

Coach: Thomas Tuchel

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