RB Leipzig RBL Nkunku (8'), Szoboszlai (Pen 90+2)
2-2 FT
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PSG PSG Wijnaldum (21', 39')
UEFA Champions League Gameweek 4
Nov 3, 2021 KO: 20:00

RB Leipzig - PSG

Red Bull Arena Leipzig
Referee: Andreas Ekberg
Nkunku 8'  
  21' Wijnaldum
  39' Wijnaldum
Szoboszlai (Pen) 90+2  

Match preview

Messi to miss out - How PSG could line up against RB Leipzig

The Argentine is still yet to score a league goal for his new club, and injury will force him to sit out this Champions League tie

Paris Saint-Germain travel to Germany to face RB Leipzig in the return leg of their previous Champions League group stage game.

The Parisians may have been victorious against Leizpig two weeks ago, but they were extremely fortunate to walk away with three points after the Bundesliga side dominated the affair.

PSG will now also be without summer signing Lionel Messi after he was forced off at half-time against Lille at the weekend.

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He was already a doubt for that game, and playing the first-half seemed to exaggerate the injury. The length of his absence is currently unknown, but he will certainly miss this game.

One positive for Mauricio Pochettino is the fact that Kylian Mbappe will be fit. He has suffered from an ear infection, but has been cleared to play. Neymar may have gone down several times against Lille, but the Brazilian is also fit, and will join Mbappe, and most likely Angel Di Maria in attack.

Di Maria was arguably PSG's best player in their win over Lille, with the Argentine taking a huge six shots, and creating five key passes during the game - both match highs - while assisting the equaliser, and scoring the 88th minute winner.

He and his manager will be hoping he can continue that form against Leipzig, who are coming off the back of a 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt.

How will PSG line up?

Perhaps the biggest question is who will play in goal. Pochettino has used both Keylor Navas and Gianluigi Donnarumma this season, but Navas has been preferred in Europe, so he's the best bet to start in between the sticks.

Achraf Hakimi missed the Ligue 1 game at the weekend through suspension, but he'll return at right-back, with Nuno Mendes also returning on the other flank.

Juan Bernat may have started against Lille, but after his injury, the club won't want to rush him back too quickly.

Sergio Ramos is still missing, so Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe will continue their partnership at the back.

Marco Verratti is once more injured, as is Leandro Paredes, so Idrissa Gueye, Ander Herrera, and Georginio Wijnaldum are the trio most likely to be selected.

Neymar, Mbappe and Di Maria will complete the starting XI.

PSG vs Leipzig - Football tactics and formations

Match statistics

RB Leipzig
Statistics
PSG
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
7
16
Draws
4
2
Losses
9
2
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
40
42
Goals Per Game
2.00
2.10
More > 2.5 Goals
14
11
More > 3 Goals
10
6
Scored First in a Match
10
13
Scored Both Halves
5
12
Won More > 1 Goal
5
9
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
33
17
Did Not Score
2
3
Both Teams Scored
13
10
Kept Clean Sheet
5
8
Won Without Conceding
5
7
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
794
801
Possession
62
60
Passes
576
629
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
16
13
Shots on Target
5.95
4.70
Goals out of Shots
0.13
0.17
Crosses
25
18
Offsides
2.88
2.25
Penalties
0.25
0.20
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.25
0.40
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
13
12
Interceptions
9.60
8.75
Own Goals
0.05
0.00
Aerials Won
19
8.75
Total Shots Conceded
11
11
Shots on Target Conceded
4.05
3.65
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.14
0.08
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
12
9.80
Yellow Cards
1.50
1.75
Red Cards
0.00
0.05

Injuries

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  3. ACL Knee Ligament Injury image description
  4. Muscle Strain image description
  5. Arm/Elbow injury image description
  6. Calf/Shin Injury image description
  7. Hamstring image description
  8. Hip/Thigh Injury image description

In suspension danger

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