Flashback to August 23 of last year French winger Kingsley Coman scored the only goal in Bayern Munich’s 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain, leading German power to the crown of the Champions League

Now fast forward 7 and a half months later and these global behemoths will do it all over again, but this time they will face off in the quarterfinals of the European flagship event

Bayern Munich and PSG start their draw on Wednesday, with the opening clash taking place on German soil at the Allianz Stadium It’s a highly anticipated game since the last eight teams were in place, in large left because they were finalists last season

The big question for the Bavarians is how they will react without the services of Robert Lewandowski The Bayern Munich talisman, who has 35 goals in 25 Bundesliga appearances so far, is sidelined for at least a month due to a knee injury

The Poland international, injured in his country’s World Cup qualifying victory over Andorra, was on track to set a goalscoring record and beat Gerd Muller’s 40-goal campaign in the German elite This quest will now have to wait for now, as the club’s main offensive weapon is expected to miss at least a month of action.

Bayern Munich, who took a seven-point lead over second-place RB Leipzig this weekend with a win over their rivals, will look to veteran Thomas Muller and Leroy Sané to see if they can take the relay in the absence of Lewandowski

Statistically, Bayern Munich have been absolutely on fire among Bundesliga teams in advanced metrics The Bavarians sit on a sizzling 585 goals expected and solid 337 xGA, resulting in a stellar 248 xGDiff and relatively flat 092 xGDiff / 90 minutes

The Parisians enter this battle of stalwarts not in the most refined form They suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Lille this weekend, which further hurt their chances of winning the Ligue 1 title

However, getting revenge on the team that denied them the chance to win last season’s UCL title would certainly be the remedy for any pain they are currently enduring on the national front.

Kylian Mbappé continues to propel PSG’s offensive attack, recording the team’s 20 best goals to date in the French top-flight Mbappé, with Neymar (six goals, three assists) and Moise Kean (11 goals) , hope to be able to inflict the same type of punishment on Bayern Munich as they did on Lionel Messi and Barcelona on their way to eliminate the Spanish side from the competition

Looking at the numbers of PSG in the French first division, you find a club among the best in all categories The Parisians are sitting on a ridiculous 651 xG and 319 xGA, which gives an unreal 332 xGDiff and 107 xGDiff / 90 minutes

Lewandowski’s absence in this game beyond intriguing really throws things up in my opinion Had he been healthy for this first leg I would have supported Bayern Munich to take the win

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Unfortunately for the Bavarians it is not and this created an extremely confusing game to cripple Could Bayern Munich win this game by a score of 3-1 or 4-1? Sure Could PSG triumph in the same way? Absolutely

That said, I’m staying on the sidelines and backing the total to overtake 275 goals at -130 odds via DraftKings as the top pick Neither club knows how to keep their foot off the accelerator, so I fully expect a back-and-forth affair at the Allianz Arena

Add to the fact that PSG have scored at least one goal in their last 43 Champions League games (yes, 43!), with the line shutout coming in last year’s final, and you have a recipe for a potentially very successful business

If you’re looking for a player prop or two, obviously go for Mbappé (170) and Sané (205) to score anytime. If this turns into a shootout, expect the two to find the back of the net

Choice: total greater than 275 goals (-130) | Kylian Mbappé will score anytime – Yes (170) | Leroy Sane to score anytime – Yes (205)

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