DOR vs PSG Dream11: Two European powerhouses stocked with young talent will clash as Borussia Dortmund play hosts to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round-of-16 1st leg at Westfalenstadion on Tuesday night (IST).
Form and the season so far:
Dortmund under Lucien Favre has carved out an identity for itself. The team plays on the front foot, with an intensity reminiscent of the days under now Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
The season has been a success for Dortmund till now. They are 3rd in Bundesliga, only three points off top place and leaders Bayern Munich. They have won four times in the last five league games, scoring a remarkable 22 goals.
The only problem for the Yellow Wall, which has undone them at times this season, is the unsuspecting backline which has had its fair share of odd days this campaign.
Paris Saint-Germain, on the other hand, are where they should be at this point in the season. They are sitting atop Ligue 1 with a 10-point lead, and are alive in all the competitions as well.
The Parisians are on a 23-game unbeaten run, last losing 2-1 against Dijon FCO on November 02, 2019.
Host: Borussia Dortmund Visitors: Paris Saint-Germain Competition: Champions League Match Venue: Westfalenstadion Capacity: 81,365 Match Timing: Tuesday night, February 19, @01:15 AM
Dream11 Football Prediction – Odds checker:
Borussia Dortmund to win: 2.80 (9/5), Probability to happen: 35.71% Paris Saint-Germain to win: 2.30 (13/10), Probability to happen: 43.48% Draw: 3.80 (14/5), Probability to happen: 26.32%
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Borussia Dortmund vs Paris Saint-Germain Team News:
Borussia Dortmund Team News:
Club captain Marco Reus remains out with a groin injury and won't feature in this game, while midfielder Thomas Delaney will sit out this mammoth clash against the Ligue 1 champions with a knee injury as well.
Julian Brandt, who was listed as doubtful for this game, giving Dortmund fans hope that he may be involved in this game, has been ruled out through an ankle injury.
“Julian Brandt will not be ready to play tomorrow. Otherwise, we haven't had any additional injuries since Friday and everyone else will be available,” said Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre said in the pre-match conference.
How Borussia Dortmund may line-up?
A three-man backline with the wing-backs providing the width is the likeliest formation Lucien Favre is expected to go with in this game.
Mats Hummels is a certain starter at the heart of the defence, while the rest of the two will be from Lukasz Piszczek, Manuel Akanji and Dan-Axel Zagadou. Achraf Hakimi and Raphaël Guerreiro will be the wing-backs.
Emre Can has been solid since becoming a Dortmund player in January and should start alongside Axel Witsel in the midfield, with Jadon Sancho, Thorgan Hazard and red-hot Erling Braut Håland.
Borussia Dortmund key players:
Erling Braut Håland: He has made an immediate impact as a Dortmund player, scoring 8 goals in just 5 appearances for the club. He is right up there with Kylian Mbappe and Jadon Sancho as one of the hottest young football players in the world.
Jadon Sancho: Another young elite player on Dortmund's roster. He has 15 goals and as many assists for Dortmund this season.
Thorgan Hazard: He is in red-hot form this season. He has six goals and nine assists for Dortmund in the current campaign.
Dortmund's wing-backs: Hakimi has scored six goals and has nine assists this season, while has scored five times and set up twice for this teammates in the 2019-20 season so far.
Paris Saint-Germain team news:
Central midfielder Leandro Paredes has been left out of PSG‘s 21-man travelling squad to Germany for tactical reasons, as per reports.
Colin Dagba and Abdou Diallo both remain sidelined, but centre-back Presnel Kimpebme may be involved here after being named in the squad. He sat out the last two games with an injury.
But the biggest news for PSG is that superstar Neymar is in the squad following an injury and has been declared fit by manager Thomas Tuchel to play in this game.
How Paris Saint-Germain may line-up?
Kylian Mbappe and Pablo Sarabia were not involved at the weekend's game against Amiens SC and will be returning to the squad here, with the former a certain starter.
Neymar will also be back in the playing 11 and should start out on the left-wing, with assists king Angel di Maria on the opposite flank,
Idrissa Gueye and Marco Verratti both will form the base in the midfield.
Thiago Silva is a doubt after hauling off at the half-time against Amiens SC, with Kimpembe set to fill in if the captain is not fit for this game.
Paris Saint-Germain key players:
Kylian Mbappe: PSG's hottest property. He is leading the Parisians with 20 goals and 7 assists this season.
Neymar: Injuries may have plagued his season once again, but the former Barcelona star is a player who can be the very best on the day.
Angel di Maria: PSG's most creative player this season. He has racked up 15 assists for PSG in all competitions and has scored 12 goals as well.
Borussia Dortmund vs Paris Saint-Germain predicted playing 11: