Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain will face each other in the Champions League on Tuesday night as they both look to try and progress as far as possible in Europe’s elite competition.
However, according to a match preview by Sky Sports, it would seem both teams have a couple of concerns, whilst both managers will have something to be happy about as well.
Dortmund will be without Marco Reus and Thomas Delaney, whilst Julian Brandt will join them on the sidelines with an ankle injury, meaning BVB could be without some attacking intent.
The 30-year-old playmaker may have only provided one assist in his year’s competition, however he offers Lucien Favre’s side with an average of 1.3 key passes and 2.5 shots per game (as per WhoScored).
Brandt’s setback could also come at a cost for the Bundesliga outfit, as he has provided them with two goals and three assists in his six Champions League outings so far (WhoScored).
However, as mentioned, Favre will have something to smile about as he will be able to call upon Erling Braut Haaland for the encounter after completing a January move from Red Bull Salzburg.
The Norwegian was in prolific form for his former club in the competition’s group stages, as he netted eight goals in his six appearances and has already started life in Germany with the same prowess as he has nine strikes in six outings for Dortmund so far (WhoScored).
PSG, on the other hand, will be able to consider selecting Neymar for the clash in Germany, as the Brazilian star is expected to have overcome the rib injury he has been suffering.
The 28-year-old has travelled with the Ligue 1 leaders and will offer Thomas Tuchel’s team with some heavy firepower – having netted once and providing two assists in his two appearances so far (WhoScored).
Indeed, Neymar also provides his team-mates with the second-most opportunities to score in the competition on average with 2.5 key passes being played, just slightly behind Argentine Angel Di Maria (WhoScored).
However, Tuchel will be without both Colin Dagba and Abdou Diallo, whilst Presnel Kimpembe remains a doubt for the short trip across the continent.