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Paris SG VS Maccabi Haifa Live Football Score Match 25 Oct 2022

Paris SG VS Maccabi Haifa Live Football Score Match 25 Oct 2022

Paris Saint-Germain will endeavour to seal progress to the last 16 of the Champions League when Maccabi Haifa visit the Parc des Princes for Tuesday’s Group H clash.

Meanwhile, the Israeli basement side are still in with a chance of a top-two finish after stunning Juventus on matchday four.PSG and Benfica’s battle for supremacy in Champions League Group H has been a fascinating watch to say the least, and a pair of 1-1 draws means that the French champions are just about holding off their Iberian counterparts in first place courtesy of having scored one more goal.

Since that tale of two penalties at the Parc des Princes, PSG have returned to winning ways in Ligue 1 with back-to-back successes over Classique rivals Marseille and newly-promoted Ajaccio, with Kylian Mbappe (2) and Lionel Messi on target against the latter in Friday’s 3-0 win.

Christophe Galtier’s side hold a five-point buffer over Juventus and Maccabi Haifa after four Champions League games and will therefore guarantee a place in the knockout rounds with victory on their own turf, and a point would be enough if Juventus fail to beat Benfica.

Off-the-field controversy surrounding Kylian Mbappe’s future and allegations of fraud and corruption against Neymar have been early blots on the PSG notebook this term, but the Ligue 1 champions will be expected to seal a safe passage into the next round at their Paris fortress.

Indeed, PSG have only ever suffered one defeat in 32 Champions League group-stage games at the Parc des Princes, but they are yet to keep a clean sheet in the tournament this term, and Maccabi Haifa make the long journey with nothing to lose.Refusing to bow out of the Champions League with a whimper, Maccabi Haifa had already given PSG a brief scare in their inaugural meeting, and a lacklustre Juventus side felt the full force of the Israeli champions’ prowess in front of a jubilant crowd on October 11.

Only six days on from going down 3-1 to Massimiliano Allegri’s side in Turin, Maccabi Haifa served the Old Lady a slice of humble pie with a remarkable 2-0 win at the Sammy Ofer Stadium, as Omer Atzili scored possibly the two most memorable goals that he will ever score.

Barak Bakhar’s side may still be rooted to the foot of Group H, but they have moved level on points with the out-of-sorts Juventus and remain five behind Benfica and PSG, so anything is possible for the ambitious Greens from the Carmel as they endeavour to make history for their nation.

No team from Israel has ever won consecutive Champions League matches before, and the visitors warmed up for a potentially history-making night with a 3-2 league win over Ironi Kiryat Shmona at the weekend – ending a four-game losing run away from home in all tournaments.

Tuesday’s encounter will mark the fourth meeting between PSG and Maccabi Haifa in all competitions, with the past three yielding a draw and one victory for each side, and neither team has ever kept a clean sheet against the other – setting the scene for a tantalising encounter in the French capital.PSG pair Sergio Ramos and Neymar will both be back from domestic suspensions for the visit of Maccabi Haifa, but yellow-card magnet Marco Verratti will serve his own ban this week after picking up three bookings in the tournament already.

Presnel Kimpembe is back in training over a month after suffering a hamstring injury and could therefore force his way onto the bench, while Nuno Mendes is also scheduled to return to practice this weekend, but Danilo Pereira is still out with his own hamstring problem.

Ramos’s return and Verratti’s absence seems like the formula for a return to a back three for Galtier, with Vitinha and Fabian Ruiz likely to partner up in the middle as Neymar rejoins Messi and Mbappe up front.

As for Maccabi Haifa, right-winger Suf Podgoreanu represents one of three injury concerns for Bakhar to contend with, as the 20-year-old is yet to recover from an Achilles issue.

Dolev Haziza’s hamstring issue is also giving him grief, while Mahmoud Jaber is also out of contention with a fractured femur, but Bakhar was always expected to place his faith in the XI that stunned Juventus on matchday four.

Joining two-goal hero Atzili in the final third will be creative hub Tjaronn Chery, who scored in September’s involvement with PSG and has had 13 direct shot involvements in the tournament so far, second only to Robert Lewandowski’s 16.

Paris Saint-Germain possible starting lineup:
Donnarumma; Mukiele, Marquinhos, Ramos; Hakimi, Vitinha, Ruiz, Bernat; Messi; Mbappe, Neymar

Maccabi Haifa possible starting lineup:
Cohen; Sundgren, Batubinsika, Goldberg, Cornud; Mohamed, Lavi; Atzili, Chery, David; PierrotLet’s go with a slightly safer pick. Although PSG has enormous attacking talent and potential, they have not recorded such huge wins so far. This happened only 3 times this season at the beginning of Ligue 1. Their defense is much safer and they hardly make mistakes that cost them a better placement in Europe in previous seasons. Maccabi is aware that they cannot compete with the champion of France offensively, so they will try to wait patiently for their chance through possible counterattacks. We doubt that we will see more than 3 goals in this match, but to be safe, the tip is under 3.5.

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