Preview - PSG vs Liverpool 29 November 18

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Champions' League Group C
PSG vs. Liverpool
Thursday, November 29th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Parc des Princes

Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals per match: 3.29
Average goals against per match: 0.50
Top Scorer: Kylian Mbappé (11)

Last five matches form: W D L W W
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 0.38
Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah (7)

All to play for in Group C in what is turning into the most closely fought of all the sections. With two games to play it is Napoli and Liverpool who occupy the qualifying spots, locked together on six points apiece. With PSG on five points and Crvena Zvezda on four, anything could still happen. 

PSG will be looking to pick up the points in this one to put themselves in the driving seat heading into the final round. A win for Liverpool meanwhile would guarantee qualification should Napoli also avoid defeat at home to Crvena Zvezda.

Liverpool came out on top in the game between the sides at Anfield, with Roberto Firmino grabbing a last gasp winner in a 3-2 thriller. Neutrals will be hoping for more of the same here.

Jesé, Colin Dagba and Stanley N'Soki miss out for PSG. Dominic Solanke, Adam Lallana, Divock Origi and long term victim Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all miss out for Liverpool.

PSG have won 34 of their past 38 games here at the Parc des Princes. They are also unbeaten in their past twelve - home or away - in all competitions.

Liverpool haven't been as consistent as fans would like of late - winning only five of their past eleven in all competitions - and disappointed badly in their last away game in this competition, when losing to Crvena Zvezda.

Two evenly matched sides here, but we fancy home advantage may just be enough to swing things in favour of PSG.

Prediction: PSG 3 - 2 Liverpool


Half time: 2 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  10 - 2
Shots on target: 7 - 0
Corner Kicks: 5 - 5
Possession: 41% - 59%

Georginio Wijnaldum, Joseph Gomez, Daniel Sturridge, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson and Naby Keita were all booked for Liverpool, with referee Szymon Marciniak also taking the names of Marco Veratti and Neymar of PSG.

This was really a game which PSG simply had to win if their dream of lifting the Champions League trophy was to live on this year. And they did it in comfortably enough style. Liverpool for their part are going to have to come up with some new answers away from home in this competition as this is the second time in the group that the Reds have failed to register a single shot on target on their travels.

PSG started brightly here, with Neymar pulling the strings, and it was they who took the lead in the 13th minute. Virgil van Dijk cutting out a low ball from the left but Juan Bernat reacting quickest to the loose ball, cutting inside and firing low to the left past Alisson.

The home side doubled their advantage in the 37th minute. Neymar to Kylian Mbappé flying down the left flank, Mbappé to Edinson Cavani on the edge of the six-yard box. Alisson blocked Cavani's effort but Neymar was following in to slot in the rebound into the bottom right.

Liverpool were handed a lifeline in first half stoppage time when Sadio Mané was brought down just inside the area. James Milner converting the resultant penalty kick into the bottom left.

In truth Liverpool never looked like getting back into this in the second half though as the home side came away with a crucial win.

Crvena Zvezda are now eliminated from the Champions League. PSG will qualify should they avoid defeat against Crvena Zvezda in their final game. Liverpool meanwhile now face a winner takes all clash with Roma at Anfield on Match Day 6. A draw will do for the Italian side, but Liverpool must win.

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