Bayern Munich will be out to avoid disaster when free-spending PSG arrive for their last eight clash while Chelsea are on the road in Spain to face Porto.
1-0 … that was the result when Kingsley Coman helped Bayern win last season’s title against the Parisians. The same scoreline was in play when the German juggernauts took a step to their ninth Bundesliga crown on the weekend edging RB Leipzig. And 1-0 was also PSG’s last result although it was a shock defeat to Lille in Ligue 1.
The win helped Lille open up a three-point lead over PSG with former Spurs mentor Mauricio Pochettino now founding out that life as PSG boss is no easy task.
Wednesday’s tie will see Bayern looking to make it 20 games without defeat in this competition – if they manage that they will join Manchester United (2007-08) as the only sides to stamp their mark on the biggest club competition in the world.
For this tie though there will be no Robert Lewandowski, who sits out with a knee injury.
Former Manchester City attacker Leroy Sane is expected to partner evegreen Thomas Muller and Kingsley Coman in attack for Hansi Flick’s Bayern.
PSG have a number of issues in trying to field their strongest XI – Leandro Paredes is suspended while Danilo Pereira is likely to miss out due to a calf knock. Definitely out is the duo of Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi, who have returned positive tests for the coronavirus.
Pochettino is likely then to start Ander Herrera in midfield.
Historically PSG have the edge in this fixture with five wins from their last 10 matches. The Germans, though, will be expected to get their fifth due their current form and home ground advantage.
In the second fixture, Chelsea travel to Porto -albeit that the match is played at a neutral venue in Seville – as favourites.
The English side, who were shocked 5-2 by West Brom on the weekend, remain 1.73-1 favourites.
Porto will be ready to prove that sending Juventus out of the competition was no fluke. If they manage to get past this stage, it will be the furthest the side has travelled in the event since Jose Mourinho’s Porto – which included Benni McCarthy – lifted the trophy back in 2004.
Chelsea will be bouyed by the absentees in the Porto lineup – Sergio Oliveira, the man who eliminated Juventus from the penalty spot, is out and so is Mehdi Taremi. Both are suspended.
Thomas Tuchel doesn’t have many issues with N’Golo Kante likely to travel. The only question mark surrounds Antonio Rudiger after his reported bust up with goalkeeper Kepa.