Champions League Preview, PSG Vs. Ludogorets: Prediction, Starting Lineups, Betting Tips, and Live Stream
French champions PSG will host Ludogorets in match-day six of UEFA Champions League at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.
A win for Paris Saint-Germain will help them claim the top spot in Group A, while a win for Ludogorets will confirm their qualification for the knockout stage of the Europa League.
PSG is currently occupying the first place in the Champions League Group A with 11 points. Another Group A member Arsenal also possesses equal points, but a better head-to-head record means the Paris club has an edge.
A draw also will be enough for Paris Saint-Germain claim the top spot if Arsenal fails to win against Basel in another match of the group.
PSG fell to a demoralizing 3-0 loss against Montpellier on Saturday. The defending Ligue 1 champions have not-so-encouraging domestic campaign so far, and they reside in the third place in the league table.
On the contrary, Arsenal won the London derby game against rivals West Ham quite convincingly. The Gunners won the game 5-0 thanks to a hat-trick from Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez.
It is likely that Arsenal will win against Basel, so PSG has no room for error in this crucial clash.
One of the major concerns for PSG this season is the form of Angel di Maria. The Argentine is having a poor season by his usual standard, and prior to this game, manager Unai Emery had to defend di Maria’s performance, as reported by ESPN.
“He is an important player.
“He has also put in some good performances this season.
“We want to help him to rebuild his confidence but there is work to be done on that front.”
Team News: PSG
Star midfielder Marco Verratti is carrying a thigh knock, but it will not matter because the Italian is suspended from this game.
Brazilian duo Marquinhos and Thiago Silva are one booking away from a ban. So the pair has to be careful throughout this match as they could miss an important match in the round of 16, if they pick up another caution against Ludogorets.
Defensive midfielder Adrien Rabiot is not available for Paris SG, nor is Javier Pastore, who is still recovering from a knee problem.
Experienced midfielder Thiago Motta has a calf problem, and he is a major doubt for this Tuesday’s clash against Ludogorets.
Right-back Serge Aurier missed the clash against Arsenal a fortnight ago, but he is available for this match.
PSG: Predicted Lineup (4-5-1)
Trapp – Aurier, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Kurzawa – Krychowiak, Matuidi, Nkunku – di Maria, Cavani, Moura
Team News: Ludogorets
Ludogorets has no significant injury problems going into this game, so they will field strongest possible XI against the French club.
Ludogorets: Predicted Lineup (4-5-1)
Stoyanov – Moti, Cicinho, Palomino, Dyakov – Andrianantenaina,Wanderson, Pimienta, Cafu, Misidjan – Keseru
PSG vs. Ludogorets: Head-to-Head
Total games: One
PSG win: One
Ludogorets win: Nil
PSG vs. Ludogorets: TV Schedule and Channel
In the U.S., the match will be live on ESPN Play Latin America, ESPN Latin America Andina, and ESPN Cono Sur. For other regions, the TV schedule can be found in the link here.
PSG vs. Ludogorets: Prediction
The weekends 3-0 loss certainly affected the confidence of PSG’s players. The loss even made the French media question the attitude of certain players. However, given the quality of the visitors, PSG should claim a win quite comfortably.
Final Predicted Score: PSG 3-1 Ludogorets
PSG vs. Ludogorets: Betting Tips and Odds
- PSG win: 1/6
- A draw: 6/1
- Ludogorets win: 16/1
- Under 2.5 goals: 15/8
- Over 2.5 goals: 4/11
- Both teams score: 11/10
- Both teams fail to score: 4/6
The odds were provided by Paddypower.
Key Stats to consider
- PSG has scored at least two goals in nine of their last 11 matches (Champions League).
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in PSG’s last four games (Champions League).
- PSG is unbeaten in 10 of their last 11 matches (Champions League).
- Ludogorets has failed to win their last six matches (Champions League).
The PSG vs. Ludogorets stats were provided by Whoscored.
PSG vs. Ludogorets: Live Stream
The match can be streamed live online by clicking at this link. The link will be updated just before kick-off.
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