Laurent Blanc’s men ran riot against their lacklustre opponents in Germany and Al Hain-Cole expects them to show little mercy when they welcome them to Parc des Princes
Bayer Leverkusen have a mountain to climb when they visit Parc des Princes for their Champions League last 16 second-leg tie against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night, having suffered a resounding 4-0 defeat at home.
Having lost twice and drawn once in three Bundesliga games since then, Sami Hyypia’s men are rank 7/1 (8.00) outsiders with William Hill to restore some pride with a victory in the French capital.
Les Parisiens, on the other hand, have won all three of their Ligue 1 clashes since the trip to Germany, including a victory over bitter rivals Olympique de Marseille in Le Classique, and are available at just 2/5 (1.40) to come out on top this evening.
The visitors ended their four-match losing streak with a 1-1 draw away to Hannover 96 on Saturday, and you can get odds of 7/2 (4.50) on them grinding out another stalemate in this one.
The Rot-Schwarz saw their European dreams go up in smoke within three minutes of kick-off at the BayArena, as Blaise Matuidi raced through to give the guests the upper hand with a crucial away goal that was eventually followed by three more.
That result now seems hardly surprising considering the Germans’ form over the past few weeks, as they have won just two of their 11 competitive games since December’s away win over Real Sociedad that saw them qualify for the knockout stages.
Eight defeats in that period – including an embarrassing cup exit at home to second division Kaiserslautern – suggest the wheels are starting to come off for Hyypia’s overachievers, who must now merely be hoping to leave Paris with their pride intact tonight.
However, with Laurent Blanc’s men in rampant form and aiming to prove their credentials as genuine contenders in this year’s competition, another heavy defeat could be on the cards for Leverkusen, who also lost 4-2 and 5-0 against an underwhelming Manchester United team in the group stages.
With the hosts still expected to field a strong line-up, odds of 19/20 (1.95) look too good to miss on them winning by at least a two-goal margin for the fifth time in six matches against their out-of-sorts opponents.
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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.