Ligue 1 giants Paros Saint-Germain is unbeaten against Club Brugge and has two wins to its name in four mutual encounters. A Europa League spot is still up for grabs for Brugge, which will try to cause a shock on Tuesday. You can live-bet on the Champions League by using our sportsbook.
Paris Saint-Germain: No Game Plan
With a squad of superstars assembled, PSG should easily win everything this season and do it in style, but the reality is different. There’s a complete lack of identity and style to their play and the French media reported that even Lionel Messi’s entourage has doubts on the Paris Saint-Germain manager’s tactical talents.
PSG is struggling to find a rational game plan, an ideal starting XI and a correct system given its world-class squad. The Argentine manager looks to be reliant on individual brilliance, but failed to implement a pressing game due to the nature of players he has at his disposal. They already booked their tickets for the UCL round of 16 but they have been in mediocre form all season long. Despite being winless in three of their previous four games across all competitions, they enter this game as huge favorites at -300 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds.
Having lost just a fixture in Ligue 1, they are top of the league, 11 points clear of second-place Rennes. In the Champions League, they are winless on the road but at home they are another animal. PSG is undefeated at home since April and is facing a Brugge side that has gone strong domestically but lost three in a row in the Champions League.
Surprisingly, PSG was kept to a 1-1 draw in the reverse match, but is still fully packed with quality players and should have enough to beat Brugge, which shipped 14 goals in its last three Champions League games.
Lionel Messi recovered from a gastroenteritis scare to play against Nice and Lens but his adaptation to the French top-flight league has not been as rewarding as everyone had hoped. He received bad notes from the French media on both occasions and this is his worst start to any campaign during his professional career.
Neymar is injured and expected to be out until 2022 while Sergio Ramos suffered from muscular fatigue and is doubtful. Still, PSG has great attacking firepower and it’s time for them to start scoring goals. Since the start of the season, PSG scored at least two goals in each of its home games bar one, so if you’re betting online, you should follow this trend.
Club Brugge: Decent
The visitors are sitting third in the Belgian top-flight league, four points behind leaders Royale Union SG. Their Champions League campaign started well as they picked up four points in their two opening fixtures. Unfortunately, they lost three consecutive games and they conceded 16 goals in five games, having the worst defense in the group.
Yes, they managed to pull off the upset on home soil winning a point against PSG, but they are not a team to back at this level so don’t add them to your soccer picks and parlays. They are still fighting for a top-three finish, but their chances are limited.
They might take advantage of PSG’s squad rotation and struggles and win this clash, but we will skip the winners’ market. We expect goals from both teams and at least three in the match.
Pick: Both teams to score and over 2½ goals (-105)