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UEFA Champions League

  • February 18, 2014
  • • 19:45
  • • BayArena, Leverkusen
  • Referee: V. Kassai
  • • Attendance: 29412

Ladbrokes PaddyPower WilliamHill Tipico
Leverkusen 3.40 3.40 3.20 3.40
Draw 3.30 3.25 3.30 3.40
PSG 2.25 2.25 2.25 2.20
Bayer Leverkusen-Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Parisiens favourites despite absence of Cavani

Bayer Leverkusen-Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Parisiens favourites despite absence of Cavani

The striker's thigh injury is set to keep him sidelined but the Ligue 1 champions visit a home side missing a handful of key players in the Champions League last-16 first leg

Paris Saint-Germain reached the quarter-finals of last season's Champions League under the guidance of Carlo Ancelotti and look to be among the contenders this term as they prepare to face Bayer Leverkusen.

Laurent Blanc's men lost just one game on their way to topping Group C before Christmas, with the sole setback coming against Benfica after the Ligue 1 champions had already secured progression.

The French capital club head into Tuesday's first leg last-16 tie at the BayArena in fine form, having lost once in 10 matches in all competitions since the end of the winter break.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has produced some of his best performances in Europe this season and is the tournament's second top-scorer with eight goals.

And the onus will likely be on the Sweden striker to deliver the goods again with strike partner Edinson Cavani - the scorer of 20 goals since joining from Napoli - set to miss out because of a thigh injury picked up against Bordeaux last month.

Defender Christophe Jallet is the only other major injury concern, although the right-back is nearing a return to full fitness.

Leverkusen, meanwhile, will be without midfielder Emre Can due to suspension, while Stefan Reinartz (foot) is a doubt. Strikers Eren Derdiyok (foot) and Robbie Kruse (knee) also miss out through injury.

Sami Hyypia's side qualified for the knockout stages of the competition after finishing second behind Manchester United in Group A. 


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UEFA Champions League ‎(UCL)‎ Mar 12, 2014 Paris Saint-Germain 2 - Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1
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UEFA Champions League ‎(UCL)‎ Feb 18, 2014 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0 - Paris Saint-Germain 4
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Available Squads
1Bernd LenoGoalkeeper
5Emir SpahicDefender
14Roberto HilbertMidfielder
21Ömer ToprakDefender
18Jose Andrés GuardadoMidfielder
6Simon RolfesMidfielder
8Lars BenderMidfielder
18Sidney SamMidfielder
27Gonzalo CastroDefender
7Heung-Min SonStriker
11Stefan KießlingStriker
-David Yelldell
4Philipp WollscheidDefender
17Sebastian BoenischDefender
3Stefan ReinartzMidfielder
13Jens HegelerMidfielder
15Levin Mete ÖztunaliMidfielder
19Julian BrandtStriker
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
4Thiago SilvaDefender
23Gregory van der WielDefender
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
24Marco VerrattiMidfielder
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
3Lucas DigneDefender
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
31Adrien RabiotMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder

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