Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Liverpool vs Paris Saint-Germain 18-09-2018 Champions League

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Liverpool vs Paris Saint-Germain  - Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 18 September 2018 - Kick-off Time: 20:00 BST - 21:00 CET
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool
Liverpool team have a 100% winning record in the Premier League after five games this season, having beaten Tottenham 21 at Wembley last weekend. Prior to that, the Reds thrashed at home West Ham (4-0) and managed to beat Crystal Palace (0-2), Brighton (1-0), and Leicester City (1-2). The Merseysiders will now face a difficult period of fixtures with PSG, Chelsea twice, Man City and Napoli SSC all within next six matches.
Captain Henderson should be Jurgen Klopp's only change, with James Milner making room. Roberto Firmino suffered a nasty eye injury last time out but should start up front, forming the usual trio with Mo Salah and Sadio Manè. As alternative, Klopp could give Daniel Sturridge a rare start. Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana remain sidelined for the hosts, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a longer-term absentee. The defense will remain unchanged, with Joe Gomez, Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold protecting Alisson's goal.

Paris Saint-Germain team also have a 100 per cent record this season having recorded a 4-0 win against St. Etienne at the weekend despite resting Neymar and Mbappe. The French powerhouses have already scored 21 competitive goals this season and also kicked off the new campaign with a thrashing 4-0 Super Cup win over Monaco. Les Parisiens have yet to progress past the quarter-finals since their Ligue 1 dominance began. Last year their UCL journey was ended by Real Madrid in the last 16 round.
Gianluigi Buffon and Marco Verratti are both suspended for the visitors while Dani Alves and Layvin Kurzawa are out through injury. Alphone Areola will start between the posts while Marquinhos may be required in the middle of the park as defensive midfielder. Neymar and Kylian Mbappè returns in the offensive midfield trio alongside Di Maria, behind the lone striker Edinson Cavani. At the back, Juan Bernat and Meunier will start as full backs, Thiago Silva and Presnel Kimpembè will form the central pair.
Probable lineups:
Liverpool: AlissonAlexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson – Milner, Wijnaldum, Keita – Salah, Firmino, Mane.
PSG: Areola – Meunier, Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat – Marquinhos,Rabiot – Mbappe, Neymar, di Maria – Cavani.
Liverpool last 5 matches:
12/08/18 Liverpool 4 – 0 West Ham
20/08/18 Crystal Palace 0 – 2 Liverpool
25/08/18 Liverpool 1 – 0 Brighton
01/09/18 Leicester City 1 – 2 Liverpool
15/09/18 Tottenham 1 – 2 Liverpool

PSG last 5 matches:
12/08/18 PSG 3 – 0 Caen
18/08/18 Guingamp 1 – 3 PSG
25/08/18 PSG 3 – 1 Angers
01/09/18 Nîmes 2 – 4 PSG
14/09/18 PSG 4 – 0 ASSE


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