Who is likely to be in the starting line up for Bayern Munich v PSG Champions League final?

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With Olympique Lyon out of the way, all in front of Bayern Munich now is Paris Saint-Germain, who are in their first Champions League final.

The Bundesliga side has racked up 46 goals in this season’s competition with 15 of those coming from the booth of Robert Lewandowski, while rave of the moment, Serge Gnabry has nine.

It’s now a two-way thing- it is either Bayern wins their 6th Champions League trophy or PSG wins their first in their debut final.

Champions League 2020 final date

Bayern could also be clinching their second treble in seven years when they face PSG in the UEFA Champions League final on Sunday 8/23/2020. The kick-off time is 9 pm CEST/8 pm BST/3 pm ET.

The Paris club had already cleared treble domestic trophies in front of them last season – The French Ligue 1, Coupe De La League, and the FA Cup.

This is also Bayern’s fourth Champions League final since 2010 – and first since lifting the trophy for the fifth time in 2012/13 – on the back of a comprehensive 3-0 win over Lyon.

How Bayern Munich reaches 2019-20 UEFA Champions League final

In reaching here, the Bundesliga champions, who also won the DFB Cup blew away the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Barcelona along the way, winning 10 from 10 continental fixtures by an eye-watering aggregate score of 42-8.

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They have 100 percent record in all 14 of their behind-closed-door meetings since the resumption of the season in May, and are unbeaten in their last 29 competitive matches, winning 28 and drawing one.

Gnabry and Lewandowski have formidable strike ratio

Lewandowski has been in hot goalscoring form at the age of 31 after extending his tournament-leading tally to 15 with his effort against Lyon, and 55 in all competitions. He has the opportunity to equal Cristiano Ronaldo’s single-season goals record (17) with a brace against PSG.

Lewandowski and Gnabry, who share 24 Champions League goals between them have usurped Ronaldo and Gareth Bale as the most prolific single-season double act in Champions League history.

As the duo remains fit, they are expected to lead the line for the Bavarian again.

Unfortunately, Jerome Boateng, who was part of the team the last time they won it against Borussia Dortmund in the first all-German Champions League final seven years ago, could be missing out after picking up a muscle strain against Lyon.

Niklas Süle is expected to step in for him as usual and he is waiting in the wings. Although the Germany international showed some discomfort initially in the game after coming on for his fellow German at half-time on Thursday, he later progressed and show no ill effects of the knee ligament injury that curtailed his domestic campaign.

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World cup winner, Benjamin Pavard is also available again, but coach Hansi Flick could stick with Joshua Kimmich at right-back and a midfield pivot of Leon Goretzka and Thiago. Their partnership seemed to have worked so well against Chelsea, Barca, and Lyon.

In the forward, Ivan Perisic will likely continue on the left-hand side of the attack, while Kingsley Coma is expected to come in later again.

How PSG reaches 2019-20 Champions League final

Interestingly, PSG almost lost out in the last eight against debutant, Atalanta. With the tie at 89 minutes, all had thought the Italians had done the job against the favourite. But the Parisien needed two moments of magic to turn the tie around and book a date with the German side, RB Leipzig that knocked out Athletico Madrid.

This shows that their progress hasn’t been quite so emphatic despite finishing on top of their group at the expense of former champions, Real Madrid.

Angel Di Maria won the man of the match award against Leipzig

They had to overturn a 2-1 deficit against Borussia Dortmund in the last-16 to score two unreplied goals that gave them a 3-2 aggregate win to book a state with Atalanta in the quarter-final. They later had the last laugh against RB Leipzig, beating them 3-0 in the semis.

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Now that they have secured the final berth, PSG could be boosted by the return of Marco Veratti, who tasted some minutes against Leipzig in the last four.

They had before the Leipzig game received a boost on Mbappe, who started the game and the return of winger Angel Di Maria from suspension. The duo linked up with Neymar and were too hard for Leipzig to stop.

However, Thomas Tuchel will be without first-choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas, with Sergio Rico set to deputize once again.

Thilo Kehrer, former Bayern man, Juan Bernat, Julian Draxler, and the hero of PSG’s smash-and-grab win over Atalanta, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, will be part of the clash against familiar – and formidable – opposition.

PSG VS Bayern Munich likely line-ups

PSG: Rico – Kehrer, Silva (c), Kimpembe, Bernat – Herrera, Marquinhos, Paredes – Di Maria, Neymar, Mbappe
Doubtful: Gueye (muscular), Kurzawa (thigh), Verratti (calf)
Out: Areola (ineligible), Navas (hamstring)
Coach: Thomas Tuchel

Bayern: Neuer (c) – Kimmich, Süle, Alaba, Davies – Goretzka, Thiago – Gnabry, Müller, Perisic – Lewandowski
Doubtful: Boateng (muscular)
Out: –
Coach: Hansi Flick

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