Bayer Leverkusen vs. PSG: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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Bayer Leverkusen vs. PSG: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be eager to impress for PSG against Bayer Leverkusen.

Paris Saint-Germain have a chance to show how much progress they have made in the space of 12 months in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Monaco apart, the French champions are not particularly tested domestically, and the Champions League is the only real way to gauge how far they have come as a team.

Last season Carlo Ancelotti led PSG to the quarter-finals where they were unlucky to lose to Barcelona. This season, under the guidance of Laurent Blanc, the French side will hope to move into the last four, but first they must navigate their way past Bayer Leverkusen, the best team in Germany apart from the all-conquering Bayern Munich.

 

Where: Bayarena in Leverkusen, Germany

When: Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 7:45 p.m. GMT (2:45 p.m. ET)

Watch: Fox Sports and Sky Sports 1

Live Stream: Sky Sports, Fox Sports

 

Top Storyline

The addition of Yohan Cabaye from Newcastle during the January transfer window for around £20 million is another major statement of intent for PSG.

The France international midfielder had been Newcastle's star man and the club have failed to win since his departure. PSG on the other hand are sitting pretty at the top of Ligue 1 and are in the French Cup final but the Champions League will be the real mark of their progress.

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Yohan Cabaye left Newcastle for PSG in January amid high expectations.

Top scorer and star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic is yet to win the competition and at the age of 32 is running out of time. With no World Cup to look forward to this summer either, the Sweden striker will be hungry to succeed on this big stage. In short, PSG are a side with it all to prove, but they have assembled a team capable of challenging for a place in the last four of the Champions League.

However, getting past Leverkusen will not be easy. Sami Hyypia's side are organised, hard-working and talented. They are not second in the Bundesliga for nothing, but they were not expected to do so well this season.

They are a relatively young side, and Hyypia has been able to give them a work ethic and belief that has seen them go far without being particularly outstanding. 

The Leverkusen coach has admitted that he is wary of PSG's threat ahead of the game:

 

Prediction

If Ibrahimovic is able to grab an away goal for Paris Saint-Germain then you can expect them to leave Leverkusen with a smile on their faces.

The Bundesliga outfit are beatable at home, having lost 5-0 to Manchester United in this competition and losing three of their last four domestic games as well.

That will invite PSG to follow their attacking instincts and look to score, leaving spaces for the hosts to exploit, which are not usually punished by domestic opposition in France. Expect an open game with plenty of goals.

Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Paris Saint-Germain

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