Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to enhance their Champions League credentials and cement their place at the top of Group A as they host RB Leipzig tonight.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men produced a statement performance to beat last season’s finalists Manchester City 2-0 in the previous round of fixtures, with Lionel Messi scoring his first goal for the club after joining on a free transfer from Barcelona in the summer.
Prior to that, however, PSG’s new-look front-three of Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar had flattered to deceive on opening night as the French side were held by Club Brugge, with whom they currently sit level on points at the top.
Leipzig, meanwhile, are yet to get off the mark, making a slow start to the season after a turbulent summer in which they lost several key players, but their league form has gradually improved.
Kick-off: Parc des Princes, 8pm
TV channel: BT Sport 3
Early team news
Prediction: PSG 3-1 RB Leipzig
RB Leipzig XI: Gulacsi; Klostermann, Simakan, Orban, Mukiele; Haidara, Laimer; Nkunku, Adams, Angelino; Silva.
Subs: Poulsen, Forsberg, Szoboszlai, Moriba, Martinez, Gvardiol, Henrichs, Kampl.
PSG XI: Navas; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Mendes; Herrera, Verratti, Gueye; Messi, Mbappe, Draxler.
Subs: Donnarumma, Danilo Pereira, Dagba, Wijnaldum, Kurzawa, Diallo, Kehrer, Ebimbe, Bitumazala, Letellier.
Standard Sport prediction
Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe should have more than enough between them to fire PSG to victory without Neymar. Leipzig are slowly gathering momentum but this will be too much of an ask under the lights in Paris.
3-1 to PSG.
Leipzig team news
Jesse Marsch’s Leipzig is without Brian Brobbey (thigh), Marcel Halstenberg (ankle), Dani Olmo (thigh), and Marcelo Saracchi (knee).
PSG team news
Neymar will miss the game after suffering from groin pain since his return from international duty.
“The priority is always the wellbeing of the player,” coach Mauricio Pochettino told a news conference. “Neymar has a little problem which we hope he will only last for a few days and he will be back with the squad as soon as possible.”
Sergio Ramos (calf) is yet to return to full training and Leandro Paredes (thigh) is out for a month. Angel Di Maria is suspended with doubts over Keylor Navas (muscle), Julian Draxler, Layvin Kurzawa (both illness) and Mauro Icardi (personal).
TV channel: Tonight’s match will be televised on BT Sports 3.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or BT Sport app.
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