Game: Bayer Leverkusen – PSG
Date: 18 February, Tuesday 2014 year
Start time: 19:45 GMT
Paris Saint Germain visit the equally aggressive Bayer Leverkusen to seal a victory that will keep them on top of their Champions League campaign.
Bayer finished on second place during the group stage of the competition. They trail Manchester United by four points and brag a record of three wins, two losses and a draw during their last six Champions League matches.
In history, the German outfit has been successful in two-legged ties against their French opponents. During the 2006/07 season, they overcame RC Lens with an aggregate score of 4-2. Another classic example is their 5-1 aggregate score over FC Nantes during the 1987/88 competition.
Promising midfielder Emre Can will skip Tuesday’s encounter versus the Ligue 1 champions due to suspension after picking up his third yellow card of the campaign against Real Sociedad.
Stefan Reinartz is also unlikely to feature due to injury, while Australia international Robbie Kruse is unavailable due to his knee problems.
Paris Saint-Germain finished on first place during the group stage of the competition. TThey gathered a total of thirteen points after record of four wins, one losses and one draw during their last six Champions League matches.
PSG coach Laurent Blanc will be without Uruguay star Edinson Cavani after he was ruled out for three weeks with a thigh strain and Christophe Jallet is also unavailable.
Youngster Adrien Rabiot, meanwhile, recently returned to regular training action after shaking off a knee injury.
Possible starting lineups
Leverkusen: Leno; Hilbert, Boenisch, Spahic, Wollscheid; Rolfes, Bender, Helger; Castro, Kiessling, Son
PSG: Sirigu; Maxwell, Alex, Silva, Van der Wiel; Matuidi, Motta; Pastore, Verratti, Lucas; Ibrahimovic
Facts before match:
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of PSG’s last 6 games in the Champions League (including qualifiers).