Preview - Borussia Dortmund vs PSG 19 February 20

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Champions League Last 16
Borussia Dortmund vs. PSG
Wednesday, February 19th , 2020
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Signal-Iduna-Park

Borussia Dortmund: 
Last five matches form: W W L L W
CL Average goals per match: 1.33
CL Average goals against per match: 1.33
CL Top Scorer: Achraf Hakimi (4)

Last five matches form: W W W W D
CL Average goals per match: 2.83
CL Average goals against per match: 0.33
CL Top Scorer: Kylian Mbappé & Mauro Icardi (5)

The mouth-watering clashes come thick and fast now we have reached the knockout stages of this seasons Champion's League. In terms of pure attacking intent, it may well be this matchup at Signal-Iduna-Park which tops the bill in the last sixteen, as Borussia Dortmund play host to PSG.

This will be just the third meeting between these sides. Both previous encounters came in the Europa League in 2010, and both games ended in a draw - 1-1 the score-line in the game here in Germany.

Marco Reus is the only confirmed absentee for the home side. Colin Dagba misses out for PSG.

Dortmund continue to be one of the most entertaining sides to watch on the continent, and head into this with their last six fixtures averaging only a shade under six goals per game. Having suffered back to back defeats in the Bundesliga, they arrive on a high following a 4-0 success here over Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend. They were unbeaten in three at home in the Group stages, beating Inter and Slavia Prague and drawing with Barcelona.

PSG aren't too far behind in the goal stakes, with the French giants last six games seeing an average of over five goals per game. Their latest nine game winning streak was brought to an end in an incredible 4-4 draw away at Amiens at the weekend. They were rock solid on the road in the group stages, beating both Galatasary and Brugge and drawing with Real Madrid.

This really could go either way. PSG are marginally the better side for our money, but home advantage may even things out.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 2 - 2 PSG


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots: 12 - 10
Shots on target: 3 - 3
Corner Kicks:  3 - 3
Possession: 47% - 53%

Axel Witsel was the only player booked for the home side in this one, with Idrissa Gueye, Neymar, Thomas Meunier and Marco Veratti of PSG all also having their names taken by referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz.

Almost dead even on the stats here - PSG just shading possession, and Dortmund edging the hot count. In the end this really came down to the more clinical side coming out on top, and in that regard, there are few more clinical forwards than Dortmund's young Norwegian frontman at present.

In a game between two such potent attacks, it was somewhat typical that the defences were very much on top in the first half. Neymar going closest for the visitors when firing wide from a free kick, and Jadon Sancho having the best opportunity for the hosts when cutting inside and forcing Keylor Navas into a decent stop. Goalless at the interval.

Much more open after the interval, with both sides having their chances. It was however the hosts who struck first. A cross in from the right finding Raphael Guerreiro in the area. Guerreiro's effort was deflected, taking all the pace off it, but there was fox in the box Erling Haaland on hand to beat the keeper to the ball and prod home from only a yard or so out to the right. 1-0 after 69 minutes.

The lead lasted only six minutes. Kylian Mbappé doing well in the right of the area and taking the keeper out of it with a low ball across the six-yard box. Neymar the man on hand to slot into the empty net from five yards.

Just two minutes after that though the home side were back in front. Haaland found just outside the box and to the left of centre, taking a touch and thundering an effort into the top left corner. Fine strike.

2-1 final score.

A win for Dortmund then, but not a disastrous result for PSG by any means. With that away goal on the board and only a one goal deficit, they will fancy their chances of turning this around at the Parc des Princes.

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