Kick-off: 2000, 18/08/2020
Stadium: Estadio do Sport
TV: BT Sport
RB Leipzig and PSG both like to play in a positive manner and that will hopefully lead to an entertaining first Champions League semi-final.
The German outfit clearly possess a tremendous team spirit, but the French aristocrats have an edge in class which is hard to get away from.
We’re going with 27/20 for Thomas Tuchel’s side to win and over 2.5 goals in the game for our opening RB Leipzig vs PSG prediction.
A Look At RB Leipzig’s Betting Odds
Leipzig upset the odds when beating Atletico Madrid 2-1 at Estadio Jose Alvalade, thanks to an 88th-minute deflected strike from young American Tyler Adams.
Dani Olmo had earlier headed Julian Nagelsmann’s men in front just after half-time, before Joao Felix levelled from the penalty spot.
Key midfielder Marcel Sabitzer told UEFA: “It was a lot of hard work but when you look at the full 90 minutes, I think we deserved to walk away victorious.
“Our game plan was good, but the deciding factor is that we didn’t want to go home. We’ve packed our bags for the full stay.”
Nagelsmann added on BT Sport: “At the end, I think we were a bit better in the final third and that was the difference.
“It was a game of few chances but I think we were a bit more dangerous around the opponent’s goal and I think it is good we are in the semi-finals.”
In a fairly even contest, Leipzig were indeed deserved victors, due to a more attacking attitude and Dayot Upamecano’s superb performance in defence.
They should again make their presence felt here, but PSG are expected to apply more telling pressure at the other end than Atletico did.
Looking at the RB Leipzig vs PSG odds, we like 21/10 for the French outfit to prevail and both teams to score.
Last Leipzig line-up: Gulacsi, Angelino, Upamecano, Klostermann, Halstenberg, Sabitzer, Nkunku, Olmo, Laimer, Kampl, Poulsen.
A Look At PSG’s Betting Odds
PSG have so often flattered to deceive in this competition and appeared to be facing another frustrating failure when trailing Atalanta at this venue.
However, they rallied late on thanks to a couple of unlikely heroes, with defender Marquinhos equalising before former Stoke forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting hit a dramatic stoppage-time winner.
That result gave us a trio of successful selections in our preview of that match, including a 35/4 correct score pay-out.
Choupo-Moting told BT Sport: “It was a crazy game, a tough game, a tough opponent – and I think we showed such a good morale until the last second.
“When I came on, I thought to myself, ‘We can’t lose, we can’t go home like that’. I was confident in myself, confident in the team and then the rest is a little history of Paris.
“We really believe in ourselves and we did it. Everybody knows we have individual top quality but we wanted to show it also as a team.”
The spirit shown on the pitch and by those players watching on from the stands was great to see from a side which has been accused of lacking such togetherness in the past.
If Neymar had his shooting boots on, PSG would have enjoyed a far more comfortable night, while Kylian Mbappe will hopefully be fitter this time.
His appearance from off the bench on the hour mark made a big difference and there were no signs of any injury issues flaring up.
Let’s finish off our RB Leipzig vs PSG betting tips by taking 12/1 for Tuchel’s star-studded side to oblige 3-1.
Last PSG line-up: Navas, Silva, Kimpembe, Kehrer, Marquinhos, Bernat, Sarabia, Herrera, Gueye, Neymar, Icardi.
RB LEIPZIG 2-1 Atletico Madrid – Dani Olmo, Tyler Adams
Atalanta 1-2 PSG – Marquinhos, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
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