- Date: Sunday August 23rd at 3p.m. ET
- Odds: PSG +225, Draw +290, Bayern +110
- Prediction: Bayern 2-1
The soccer community will have all of its eyes on Estadio da Luz in Lisbon as the UEFA Champions League final takes center stage. France’s Paris Saint-Germain will do battle against Germany’s Bayern Munich. Each of these clubs cruised towards domestic titles and will now be looking to take the claim as the best in Europe. The five time champions in Bayern are favorites against a PSG squad looking to secure their first ever Champions League crown.
PSG vs Bayern Munich
The offenses for each side are stealing the headlines as there is enough combined speed on this pitch to keep up with a jet. For PSG, Kylian Mbappe will lead the fast paced attack for the French squad. Flanked on his sides are fellow speedsters in Angel Di Maria and Neymar.
Bayern will counter with their own speed in Thomas Mueller, Serge Gnarby, and Kingsley Coman. Bringing exceptional speed out of the back with be Alphonso Davies. Don’t blink or you’ll miss all of these guys sprint down the pitch.
Nobody has scored more goals this season during the competition than these two clubs as Bayern lead the way netting 42 with PSG in second with 25 goals. Bayern has the top goal scorer in Robert Lewandowski while Di Maria is tied for first in assist with Lewandowski.
While offenses tend to steal the headlines in a finals matchup some respect must be shown to these two defenses. PSG conceded the fewest amount of goals during the competition with five while Bayern comes in slightly off that top pace with eight. Both clubs are anchored with veteran center backs in Thiago Silva for PSG and Jerome Boateng for Bayern.
With both clubs hoping to dictate the style of play we could see a fairly open game. As both teams press, counter, and attack with tenacity that could create big gaps in the middle of the pitch. Holding midfielders of Thiago and Marquinhos will be essential in restoring some calmness to what could be a frantic scramble for possession.
Breakdown of Positions
If we go position by position lets see which club has more of the advantages
It feels like the Bayern advantages in goal and defense are greater than the PSG advantages in midfield and attack. For that reason the best bet for this game is Bayern money line at plus money. Rarely will you get the opportunity to back a superior club while profiting a return greater than your investment. For those that subscribe to the notion that defenses usually have a greater impact in championship games combined with nervous last touches on the opposite side, the under 3.5 in total goals at -122 has a lot of value. This game could come down to whether the offenses or defenses win the day.
Best Bet: Bayern ML +110