When these two teams faced off two weeks ago, you'd be forgiven for looking at the 3-0 scoreline for PSG and thinking it was a straightforward win. But, with Basel hitting the woodwork three times it turned out to be lopsided luck with the greatest influence on the distribution of goals. The Swiss side are still cruising in the Swiss Super League - 12 points clear a the top. They have had two draws in their last five, including one at the weekend, but you'd forgive them for putting focus on midweek Champions League matches where they are languishing in Group A with a solitary point from three games. PSG won 1-0 over the weekend with a sensational goal from Edinson Cavani, who leads Ligue 1 in scoring. He'll be favored to do more of the same on Tuesday, but Basel desperately need to pull off a surprise at home against the Parisiens to have any hope of moving forward.
FC Basel have fed the Swiss national side most of their recent stars - Granit Xhaxa, Xherdan Shaqiri and Switzerland’s all-time leading scorer Alexander Frei all got their start at St. Jakob Park. After a year in the Europa league, the Swiss champions for seven consecutive years qualified for the group stage and will look to make it to the round of 16 for the third time in their history. FCB will look to Austrian Marc Janko to lead them after scoring 21 goals in all competitions last season. With PSG and Arsenal looming, FC Basel will need some heroic performances to make it out of the group this time around.
PSG are gearing up to win a fifth Ligue 1 title that feels almost like a foregone conclusion, even with Zlatan’s departure. Again, the measure of their season will be how well they do in Europe. To that end, they’ve brought in former Sevilla manager Unai Emery who won three Europa League titles during his tenure. They’ve also added to the squad, adding Jese Rodriquez from Real Madrid, Hatem Ben Arfa, and defensive midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, among others. While none of them are superstars, it does appear that their aim is to create a more cohesive squad, instead of following Madrid’s Galacticos model.
Scored 16 goals in 20 league matches last season.
An Australian passport holder - Traoré once held ambitions to play for the Socceroos, but has since appeared for Côte d'Ivoire.
Despite being overshadowed by Zlatan for most of his PSG career, Cavani has never scored fewer than 25 goals in a season for the club.
After a disappointing season at Manchester United, Di María scored 15 goals for PSG last season.