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Bayern München vs Paris Saint-Germain Champions League preview: where to watch, predicted line-ups, team news

Where to watch, predicted line-ups, team news for the quarter-final first leg.

Neymar could return to UEFA Champions League action on Wednesday
Neymar could return to UEFA Champions League action on Wednesday AFP via Getty Images

Bayern host Paris in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday 7 April at 21:00 CET. This page will update with team news, quotes and expert analysis as kick-off approaches.

Bayern vs Paris build-up

What's the story?

Bayern v Paris past meetings
Bayern v Paris past meetings

A repeat of last season's final, narrowly won by Bayern. The German side have not quite reached the heights of 2019/20 yet (it is a very high bar) and while Robert Lewandowski has again been unstoppable, a knee injury picked up with Poland means he will miss both legs of the tie just as Paris, who spectacularly dispatched Barcelona in the last 16 thanks to Kylian Mbappé's hat-trick, prepare to welcome back Neymar.

Where to watch the game on TV

Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here.

Form guide

Bayern
Form
: WWWWWW
Latest: Leipzig 0-1 Bayern, 03/04
Where they stand: 1st in Bundesliga

Watch every Paris goal so far this season
Watch every Paris goal so far this season

Paris
Form
: LWWLDW
Latest: Paris 0-1 LOSC Lille, 03/04
Where they stand: 2nd in Ligue 1

Possible line-ups

Bayern: Neuer; Pavard, Süle, Alaba, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Sané, Müller, Coman; Choupo-Moting

Paris: Navas; Kehrer, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo; Gueye, Danilo; Kean, Di María, Neymar; Mbappé

Expert predictions

Watch every Bayern goal so far this season
Watch every Bayern goal so far this season

Jordan Maciel, Bayern reporter: The absence of Lewandowski is a blow to Bayern's chances in this clash between last season's finalists, but there is still an abundance of quality in this team. With away goals in play, Hans-Dieter Flick will be looking for a sturdy defensive performance to nullify the opposition's attacking threat and put the holders in a strong position ahead of next week's trip to Paris.

Chris Burke, Paris reporter: As much as they might want revenge for last season's final, Paris need to address their problems first. Their superb victory at Barcelona felt like a distant memory during Saturday's defeat by LOSC, and the absence of Marco Verratti is a significant blow. Still, with Lewandowski missing for Bayern, the French side will fancy their chances – if they can quickly return to their best.

View from the camps

2020 final highlights: Paris 0-1 Bayern
2020 final highlights: Paris 0-1 Bayern

Hansi Flick, Bayern coach: "It's a new match and Paris have a new team with a new coach. But on the whole not too much has changed since the final last year. Paris have a strong defence and obviously their quality up front is outstanding. We need to be able to cut off their passing. That also means putting the person with the ball under pressure as soon as possible. Manuel [Neuer] was outstanding in last year's final. Will that be in the heads of the Paris attackers? I don't know. But it is an advantage for our team to have a world-class keeper in goal."

Mauricio Pochettino, Paris coach: “In the knockout stages you can never rule a team out. We're playing the champions of Europe and of the world. We respect them, but we have faith in our ability and we've come here to win. Bayern are a very well-organised team, playing with a high defensive line and with attacking players able to win a game individually. We will have to find the right balance, not overcommit and be careful not to lose the ball in dangerous areas.”

Marquinhos, Paris captain: “We don't see this as a revenge match [for last season’s final]. The context is different, we have a different coach. Quite a few players have left since too. If some of those that were there last season want to use this as an extra source of motivation, it will be welcome.”

Match stats and facts