PSG tale on RB Leipzig tonight in a Champions League group game clash at the Parc des Princes.
The French side are currently top Group A after seeing off Man City last time out and can put themselves in the driving seat for qualification with another victory.
- Kick-off time: 8pm BST
- TV channel: BT Sport 3
- PSG XI: Navas, Hakimi, Mendes, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Verrati, Herrera, Gueye, Draxler, Mbappe, Messi.
- RB Leipzig XI: Gulacsi, Adams, Angelino, Simakan, Klostermann, Haidara, Laimer, Mukiele, Nkuncu, Orban, Andre Silva.
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PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe has praised old pal Nkunku, who returns to face his former club tonight.
Kimpembe said: “[Nkunku] is tremendous.
“We all know his qualities, especially me because we were trained together.
“He’s been able to show that he is one of the greats now. He’s showing it on the European stage.
“It’s going to be a great match. I can’t wait to be able to meet him again and I hope he will make his debut for France when the opportunity arises.”
Neymar will miss tonight’s game with a ‘small problem’.
Boss Pochettino has confirmed the Brazilian’s absence ahead of the game.
He said: “The priority is always the health of the players.
“In this case, [Neymar’s injury] is a small problem but we hope it is a matter of a few days before finding it.”
RB Leipzig have lost four of their five away UEFA Champions League matches since the start of last season (W1), with those five games producing 24 goals at an average of 4.8 per game.
Manchester City are currently sitting at the top of Group A on six points.
They’re currently beating third place Club Brugge 1-0, with a second half left to play in Belgium.
Paris Saint-Germain are in second on four points, and a win would take them top.
RB Leipzig are rock bottom after suffering two consecutive group game defeats.
A win tonight, however, will put them back in contention to qualify for the knockout stages.
Lionel Messi has been directly involved in five goals in six UEFA Champions League appearances at the Parc des Princes (four goals and one assist), including scoring once in his first game in the competition there as a PSG player (v Manchester City).
The only previous players to score in their first two home games for PSG in the UEFA Champions League are Neymar (2017), Alex (2012) and George Weah (1994).
In the UEFA Champions League, German teams have faced PSG away from home on eight occasions and lost seven of those games – however, the exception was in April this year, when Bayern München won 1-0 at the Parc des Princes in the second leg of last season’s quarter-final.
Christopher Nkunku made two appearances in the UEFA Champions League for PSG in 2015 and 2017, amounting to 23 minutes in total.
Nkunku scored once against his former side last season for RB Leipzig, with only Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scoring more than once against the Parisians after playing for them in the competition, netting home and away for Bayern München in last season’s quarter-final (two goals in total).
This is a third consecutive UEFA Champions League season to see PSG and RB Leipzig face each other – in 2019-20, PSG won 3-0 in a single leg semi-final, while both sides won their home games in last season’s group stage (RB Leipzig v PSG 2-1 & PSG v RB Leipzig 1-0).
RB Leipzig have only faced Zenit St Petersburg (four times) more often than PSG (three times) in European competition, excluding qualifiers.
Having met in the UEFA Champions League in 2019-20 and 2020-21, Leipzig are only the second side PSG have faced in three consecutive seasons in the competition, after Chelsea (2013-14 – 2015-16).
And welcome to the live blog for Group A’s Champions League fixture between Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Parisians will be looking to win their second group game in a row.
PSG saw off Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at the Parc des Princes last time out with Lionel Messi getting his first goal for the club in the 2-0 victory.
A win tonight would also make up for their opening group game stalemate against Club Brugge.
PSG are currently sat second in the group, two points behind Man City who are beating Brugge 1-0.
As for Leipzig, the German side find themselves uncharacteristically bottom of the group.
They’re yet to pick up a point, losing both of their opening two games.
Leipzig lost 6-3 to City and 2-1 to Brugge.
A defeat tonight would leave their knockout hopes in tatters.
In terms of team news, Angel Di Maria will miss out for the home side tonight through suspension.
Sergio Ramos and Neymar will also miss out for PSG.
Leandro Parades and Mauro Icardi will also be missing, the latter due to personal reasons.
Lionel Messi and Marquinhos are expected to return to the starting line-up.
As for Leipzig, Dani Olmo and Marcel Halstenberg are set to miss out.
Angelino is set to return, though, handing Leipzig a massive boost.
The teamsheets are due to be released shortly, so don’t go anywhere!