Paris Saint-Germain and Crvena zvezda are flying high in their respective domestic leagues and face off this Wednesday at le Parc des Princes for matchday two in the Champions league (CL) Group C. This will be the first-ever encounter between the sides.
Currently on four-straight CL losses (the club’s worst-ever run in a European competition), Thomas Tuchel’s men are at least strong at home, having lost only one of their last 13 CL fixtures (W8, D4, L1).
This is the Crvena zvezda’s first away trip in the post-1992 CL proper, but the Serbian side are unbeaten in their last six away CL qualifiers (W3, D3), scoring exactly two goals in five of them.
If bringing domestic form into consideration – the French champions have lost only one of their last 46 home games in Ligue 1 (W38, D7, L1), averaging exactly three goals per game.
Remarkably, Vladan Milojević’s men have not suffered a single loss their last 16 away fixtures in their domestic league (W13, D3) – scoring an average of 2.4 goals per game.
Players to watch: PSG star striker Neymar has scored 27 goals in 48 appearances in the CL, including six goals in seven CL games with PSG. Meanwhile, Veljko Simic is the Super Liga’s second-highest scorer so far, with four goals for Crvena zvezda so far.
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Stat attack: The last time PSG lost a home CL group stage fixture was in December 2004 against CSKA Moscow (1-3).
Crvena zvezda have failed to win any of their six European fixtures on French soil (D2, L4), while more than 2.5 goals were scored in each game.
PSG have scored at least two goals in ten of their last 13 CL matches.
Will not play
Referee: Soares Dias A. (Por)
Venue: Parc des Princes (Paris)