This Sunday night we will see the 2019-20 season in Europe finally come to an end with the biggest game of the season in club football. Paris St Germain will be seeking their first Champions League trophy in their first final appearance against Bayern Munich, five-times winners of the trophy and who last collected it back in 2013.

Both teams have been in sensational form heading into the final at the Stadium of Light in Lisbon. Both are stacked with star players from world football and both have potential matchwinners all over the field. It promises to be one of the most exciting finals in many years with so many goalscoring talents on the pitch and both defences looking a little suspect at times over the last couple of Champions League games.

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Let’s now take a look ahead to the final on Sunday evening by taking a look at the two teams that will battle it out for the biggest prize in European football, starting with the team that made it through to the final first this week, French league title winners and super-rich Paris St. Germain.

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Paris St Germain Factfile

  • Manager – Thomas Tuchel
  • Captain – Thiago Silva
  • Domestic Performance 2020 – French League, Cup and League Cup Winners

Paris St. Germain Road to the Final

  • Group Stage – Won Group A (5 wins 1 draw, 17 goals, 2 conceded, 16 Points)
  • Round of 16 – Beat Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on aggregate (1-2, 2-0)
  • Quarterfinals – Beat Atalanta 2-1
  • Semifinals – Beat Red Bull Leipzig 3-0
  • Total Record – Played 10, Won 8, Drawn 1, Lost 1, Scored 25, Conceded 5
  • Top Scorer – Kylian Mbappe/Mauro Icardi – 5 Goals

Paris St Germain Probable Starting XI

4-3-3 formation – Sergio Rico (Gk), Thomas Kehrer (Dr), Juan Bernat (Dl), Thiago Silva (Dc), Pascal Kimpembe (Dc), Marquinhos (DMc), Ander Herrera (Mc), Lucas Paredes (Mc), Angel Di Maria (AMl), Neymar (AMr), Kylian Mbappe (Ac)

The owners of Paris St Germain have made no bones about their desire to win the Champions League and this is their team’s first chance to compete in the final. Their attack is arguably the best in world football, but they are weaker in midfield and defence against the very best teams. Goalkeeper could be a weak link in the team with the first choice keeper Keylor Navas out injured.

Bayern Munich Factfile

  • Manager – Hansi Flick
  • Captain – Manuel Neuer
  • Domestic Performance 2020 – Won German League and Cup

Bayern Munich Road to the Final

  • Group Stage – Won Group B (6 wins, 24 Goals, 5 Conceded, 18 points)
  • Round of 16 – Beat Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate (3-0, 4-1)
  • Quarterfinals – Beat Barcelona 8-2
  • Semifinals – Beat Lyon 3-0
  • Total Record – Played 10, Won 10, Drawn 0, Lost 0, Scored 42, Conceded 8
  • Top Scorer – Robert Lewandowski – 15 Goals

Bayern Munich Probable Starting XI

4-3-3 formation – Manuel Neuer (Gk), Joshua Kimmich (Dr), Alphonso Davies (Dl), Jerome Boateng (Dc), David Alaba (Dc), Leon Goretzka (Mc), Thiago (Mc), Ivan Perisic (AMl), Thomas Muller (AMc), Serge Gnabry (AM,r), Robert Lewandowski (Ac)

Given that Bayern will have the likes of Pavard, Coutinho, Tolisso, Coman, Sule and Lucas Hernandez also available for this game, the strength in depth of the squad is astonishing. A hugely talented team in the best form in their history and who have scored an incredible 97 goals in their last 29 games, winning 28 and in truth, it is hard to see how PSG can stop them adding to the five Champions League titles they have already claimed.

Champions League Final Tips

  • Full Time Result – Bayern Munich – 19/20
  • Full Time Result / BTTS – Bayern Munich & Yes – 15/8
  • Correct Score – Bayern Munich 4-2 Paris St Germain – 28/1
  • Anytime Goalscorer – Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich) – 11/10

As you can see from my predictions, I am of the opinion Bayern Munich will win this game and that this final will likely be one of the highest scoring games for many years. I feel both sides main weaknesses are defensive. Bayern do give teams a chance against them, especially those with pace and that is precisely what PSG have. Similarly, PSG are not that great defensively and without their first choice keeper Navas in goal, I think they will struggle in the face of Bayern’s attacking relentlessness and constant pressure.

I do feel therefore both teams will score and I can see PSG scoring a couple of goals, the only problem for the French side is that I can see Bayern scoring 3 or 4 goals the other way, which is what they have been averaging since Hansi Flick took over and in their most recent Champions League games too.