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Paris and Bayern out to lay down marker

Having both recorded comfortable wins on matchday one, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern will be aiming to make a statement of intent when they meet for the first time since 2000.

Edinson Cavani scored twice for Paris on matchday one
Edinson Cavani scored twice for Paris on matchday one ©AFP/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain and FC Bayern München both won impressively in the first round of games, and now have the opportunity to take control of Group B when they meet at the Parc des Princes.

• While Paris were equalling their biggest European away victory with a 5-0 success at Celtic FC, Bayern were easing past RSC Anderlecht 3-0 in Munich, although history suggests the German side could face a testing evening in France.

Previous meetings
• The teams have met in six previous matches – all in the UEFA Champions League group stage – and all but one of those contests were won by the home side.

• The most recent encounters came in the first group stage in 2000/01 – a season that culminated in Bayern winning the competition for the fourth time. Home substitute Laurent Leroy's 90th-minute strike gave Paris a 1-0 victory at the Parc des Princes on 26 September 2000 before Bayern turned the tables in Munich, goals from Hasan Salihamidžić (3) – now the club's sporting director – and substitute Paulo Sérgio (89) securing a 2-0 success.

• The line-ups in Paris were:
Paris: Letizi, Mendy, Rabésandratana, Déhu, Algerino, Luccin, Christian (Leroy 79), Benarbia (Ducrocq 69), Dalmat, Robert, Anelka.
Bayern: Kahn, Sagnol (Strunz 77), Andersson, Wiesinger (Santa Cruz 77), Linke, Tarnat, Fink, Sforza, Scholl, Salihamidžić, Jancker (Elber 83).

• In 1997/98 Bayern ran out 5-1 winners in the first game in Germany, Giovane Elber and Carsten Jancker each scoring twice and Thomas Helmer getting the other despite Marco Simone's consolation. Paris, however, were 3-1 victors back in France, their goals coming from Franck Gava (17), Florian Maurice (73) and Leroy again (75); Markus Babbel had levelled for Bayern.

• The French club also came out on top in 1994/95, George Weah and Daniel Bravo earning a 2-0 home win and Weah, again, claiming the only goal in Germany – the only away victory either team has managed in this fixture.

Match background

• Quarter-finalists in four successive seasons between 2013 and 2016, Paris were on the wrong end of the biggest comeback in UEFA Champions League history in last term's round of 16. Having won 4-0 at home to FC Barcelona, the French outfit succumbed 6-1 in the away leg to bow out – with Neymar, now of Paris, providing two Barça goals and an assist.

• Paris have lost just one of their last 43 European home games since crashing 4-2 to Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup group stage (W27 D15) – going down 3-1 to Barcelona in the 2014/15 quarter-finals.

• They picked up five points at home in last season's group stage (W1 D2).

• Paris's last meeting with German opposition came in the 2013/14 round of 16, a 4-0 triumph at Bayer 04 Leverkusen setting up a 6-1 aggregate success. That extended the French side's record of never having lost at home to German visitors (W5 D1).

• Bayern have not faced a French club since the 2012/13 group stage, when they beat LOSC Lille 1-0 away, Thomas Müller scoring from the penalty spot, and 6-1 at home with Arjen Robben on target.

• The Bundesliga team have won on their last three visits to France, where their overall record is W6 D3 L6. A 2-1 loss at FC Girondins de Bordeaux in the 2009/10 group stage is Bayern's sole reverse in their last eight trips (W5 D2).

• Bayern qualified for the group stage after winning their fifth straight Bundesliga title in 2016/17. The German side are aiming to reach the knockout rounds for the tenth season running.

• Carlo Ancelotti's men collected just three points on their travels in last year's group stage, winning at PSV Eindhoven but losing at Club Atlético de Madrid and FC Rostov. 

• Bayern have won only two of their last eight European away games, losing four.

Coach and player links
• Ancelotti was Paris coach between 2011 and 2013, lifting the Ligue 1 title in 2012/13.

• Ancelotti also worked with Ángel Di María at Real Madrid CF in 2013/14, the pair winning the UEFA Champions League together.

• Unai Emery gave Juan Bernat his professional debut at Valencia CF in 2011/12.

• Bayern assistant coach Willy Sagnol picked up 58 caps for France and was Bordeaux boss between 2014 and 2016.

• Kingsley Coman joined the Paris academy aged nine and broke into the first team in 2013, moving on to Juventus in summer 2014 having made just four senior appearances.

• Have played together:
Dani Alves & Thiago Alcántara (FC Barcelona, 2008–13)
Layvin Kurzawa & James Rodríguez (AS Monaco FC, 2013–14)

• Have played in Germany:
Kevin Trapp (1. FC Kaiserslautern, 2008–12; Eintracht Frankfurt, 2012–15)
Julian Draxler (FC Schalke 04, 2008–15; VfL Wolfsburg, 2015–17)

• Trapp's record against Bayern in the Bundesliga was W0 D0 L6, with 16 goals conceded.

• Have played in France:
Franck Ribéry (FC Metz, 2004/05; Olympique de Marseille, 2005–07)
Corentin Tolisso (Olympique Lyonnais, 2013–17)
James Rodríguez (AS Monaco FC, 2013/14)

• Have played for same national side:
Alphonse Areola, Presnel Kimpembe, Layvin Kurzawa, Adrien Rabiot & Corentin Tolisso, Kingsley Coman (France)
Kevin Trapp, Julian Draxler & Manuel Neuer, Niklas Süle, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Sebastien Rudy, Joshua Kimmich, Thomas Müller (Germany)
Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Dani Alves, Lucas, Neymar & Rafinha (Brazil)

• Neymar scored in the 2015 UEFA Champions League final as Barcelona beat Arturo Vidal's Juventus 3-1.

• Neymar also got three goals for Barça in the 2014/15 semi-final against Bayern (3-0, 2-3).

Robert Lewandowski bagged all four goals for Borussia Dortmund in the 2012/13 semi-final first leg against Di María's Real Madrid.

• Julian Draxler faced Bayern ten times in league and cup with FC Schalke 04 and VfL Wolfsburg (W1 D1 L8).

• Kylian Mbappé scored in France's 4-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying win against Robben and the Netherlands on 31 August.

Match facts

• Prior to Saturday's 0-0 draw at Montpellier Hérault SC, Paris had won all eight of their matches this season, scoring five or more in a game on three occasions.

• Paris's six successive victories at the beginning of the Ligue 1 season was the best start to a French top-flight campaign since Olympique de Marseille (6/6) in 2012/13. Olympique Lillois (8/8) set the record in 1936/37.

• Edinson Cavani – who had a penalty saved in the 2-0 home win against Olympique Lyonnais on 17 September – has scored nine goals in nine club outings this term.

• Di María has not played since sustaining a leg injury while playing for Argentina against Venezuela on 5 September.

• Neymar is among the final three nominees for the Best FIFA Men's Player 2017. The winner will be announced on 23 October.

• Vidal returns from a one-match suspension.

• Prior to Friday's 2-2 draw at home against VfL Wolfsburg, Bayern had won their last three games without conceding a goal.

• Lewandowski has scored 12 goals in 11 appearances for club and country this season. He marked his 100th Bundesliga outing for Bayern with a second-half double as 1. FSV Mainz 05 were beaten 4-0 on 16 September.

• Making his first league start for the club, James Rodríguez was on target in the 3-0 win at Schalke three days later.

• Neuer will be out for the rest of the year after fracturing a metatarsal bone in his left foot during training on 18 September. It is a recurrence of an injury the goalkeeper only returned from three weeks earlier.

• David Alaba has missed Bayern's last five games because of an ankle injury he suffered on 5 September.

• Bernat is out with an ankle injury sustained on 22 July.