You can forget Valentine’s Day, Tuesday’s love affair will be with the return of the Champions League.
The Home Of Romance
After a 3-1 defeat away at Monaco, PSG will be hoping to leave their indifferent domestic form behind. With Bayern Munich visiting on Tuesday, they will simply have to.
Bust In Monte Carlo
Although the Champions League group stage is a necessary component of the season, business does not truly get started until the Round of 16 and Tuesday night is set to serve up a titanic clash between PSG and Bayern Munich.
The champions of France versus the champions of Germany and with both sides being perceived as the respective giants of their domestic game, one giant will eventually be sent packing before the quarterfinals get underway.
While one of PSG’s own giants is unlikely to be invited to the Valentine’s Night party at the Parc des Princes. With Kylian Mbappe picking up a recent injury, the 24-year-old is now undertaking a race to be match fit.
A race that reporters say he is currently losing. This may be nothing more than a smokescreen to dupe Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann. If it is such a ploy, then it is a very brave more by his counterpart Christophe Galtier.
Especially as Galtier himself is in rather hot water. PSG may be top of the table, but all is certainly not well. An exit in the Coupe De France at the hands of Marseille took place almost a week ago, this was then followed up by a league loss at Monaco.
A 3-1 reverse in Monte Carlo had defender Presnel Kimpembe apologising to the travelling support. The same defeat has also sprung a new lease of life into this season’s race for the Ligue 1 title.
Thankfully for Tuesday’s opponents, there were no such apologies taking place at the Allianz Arena on Saturday. A 3-0 home win over Bochum is about as routine as it can get and once again, the perennial Bundesliga winners did not even need to break a sweat.
Admittedly Bayern are not having it all their own way back home and the persistence of Union Berlin is a neat subplot in terms of the title race. However, the red machine has been here so many times before and almost always wins through in the end.
The Bavarians certainly won through when these two sides met in the 2020 Champions League final. Then again, the Parisians exacted some revenge a season later when they dumped out the then-holders in the quarters.
With that in mind, our latest bet builder is now up for grabs, and it looks like this:
- Bayern Munich to win
- Serge Gnabry to score anytime
- Under 4 total goals
For my latest bet builder offering, the spotlight is being shown on Serge Gnabry and with the French forward being one of many players who carry the goalscoring burden for Bayern, I envisage the former Arsenal man scoring in midweek.
A goal that will help Bayern to an important first leg victory and one that places one foot in the next round. A goal for Gnabry and no more than three in total, as an away win is in the history books. A combination of factors that will make Valentine’s Day far more exciting at odds of 10/1.