Bayern Munich face Paris Saint-Germain in this Sunday’s Champions League Final in Lisbon. The knockout format of games held in the Lisbon bubble have been a great success albeit with some one-sided games.
The curtailed soccer season has thrown up surprises in games across the world but it’s fair to say that these two teams have proven themselves to be the strongest in Europe over the last number of weeks. Bayern Munich embarrassed Lionel Messi and Barcelona with an 8-2 rout while PSG recorded a 3-0 semi-final victory over a strong RB Leipzig. Many people had tipped Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City as this year’s winners before they were outclassed by Lyon in the quarter-final.
From a neutral’s perspective, this is one of the best finals we could have hoped for. Bayern have dominated both the Bundesliga and Champions League with their organised pressing and free-scoring attackers while PSG have two of the most exciting attacking players in world football in the shape of Kylian Mbappé and Neymar.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Bayern Munich
Sunday 23rd August 3PM (EST)
This is PSG’s first-ever appearance in the major European soccer showcase. Their owners, QSI, have spent big to bring in players like Neymar and Mbappé to ultimately deliver the Champions League.
In contrast, this is Bayern Munich’s 11th final appearance, lifting the trophy five times.
Polish striker Robert Lewandowski has contributed an impressive 55 goals across all competitions this season. The team has scored 42 goals in 10 games in this year’s Champions League. The Barcelona squad of 1999/2000 are the only team to have scored more in a single campaign (45).
It’s really hard to predict the outcome of this one. Both teams secured 3-0 in the semi-finals and fitness shouldn’t be an issue with both sides having a good number of games under the belt since the restart. The odds say as much. PSG are slight outsiders at +225 while Bayern can be backed +105 with CanPlay. A draw after 90 minutes is available at +305 at the time of writing.
One thing that we can predict with a fair amount of certainty is that there will be goals. As we already mentioned, Bayern Munich are only three goals shy of matching Barcelona’s goal record while PSG’s key men Mbappé and Neymar have combined for 49 goals in all competitions this season.
Both teams have knocked in early goals in recent games too. It’s +295 for a goal to be scored in the first 10 minutes and +410 for either side to score between the 11th and 20th minute.
Looking at the player betting and it’s hard to look past Robert Lewandowski. His previous final appearance ended in defeat against Bayern but he is very much the man to watch this year. He is +250 to score first and -165 to score anytime on Sunday with CanPlay. His teammate, Serge Gnabry, has been in goalscoring form in the Champions League too – he is available at +500 to score first.
For PSG, Neymar and Mbappé unsurprisingly lead the betting. If you’re more interested in an outside bet then look no further than Marquinhos. The Brazilian midfielder/defender has scored the opener for Thomas Tuchel’s team in each of their last two games. You can back him to repeat the trick by scoring first at +2200 or +650 to score anytime.
This game should be a real treat for soccer fans around the world. Find more bets available with CanPlay Sports.