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Dortmund can silence Paris

Paris Saint-Germain has a deficit to overturn when they host Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of their Champions League tie. A double from the prolific Erling Haaland either side of a Neymar equalizer was enough to put Dortmund in the driving seat. With 12 goals in his ten matches since arriving in Dortmund, it’s safe to say that Haaland has hit the ground running.

PSG have won all three of their games since losing in Dortmund three weeks ago. Their Ligue 1 match on Saturday was postponed though. A fact that might find them being well-rested. Still, PSG has not played a home match as tough as this promises be for a long time.

PSG vs B. Dortmund, Outlook & Tip

Coronavirus has also had an impact on this fixture as there will be no fans at the Parc des Princes, where PSG are unbeaten since September. Imagine that happening at the Signal-Iduna-Park with “Die Gelbe Wand”! Their home record in the knockout stages in recent years does not boost confidence. Since battering Barcelona 4-0 in 2017, PSG have suffered cheap some defeats. Against Real Madrid in 2018 and to Manchester United last season at the Parc des Princes.

Meunier and Verratti are suspended following their bookings in the first leg. Defenders Dagba and Thiago Silva have emerged as injury doubts. Long-term absentees Thomas Delaney and Marco Reus remain sidelined for the visitors. Otherwise coach Lucien Favre has a full squad at his disposal for the trip to Paris.

Borussia Dortmund continued their good form with a 2-1 win at Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday in Bundesliga, their fifth straight victory. Winger Sancho should start having only been fit enough for the bench on Saturday because of illness. No other changes are expected.

PSG have been formidable on home soil this season, but they have only registered two clean sheets in their last seven games in the capital. They need to win here but that will leave them vulnerable to Dortmund’s deadly and in-form attack. We expect goals at both ends. The first leg of these ties are usually cagey affairs but the match in Dortmund was wide open. Expect this one to follow suit.

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