There's more animosity in this matchup than you might expect after Basel were allocated only 800 tickets and their most prominent supporters group called on fans to ban the match. Basel may need a bit of drama, however - they sit in first in the Swiss league on 31 points, 14 ahead of second-placed Lausanne. They've been lead by forward Seydou Doumbia, who has seven goals in the league so far. Yet, they sit at the bottom of Group A after two matches and are desperate for a surprise result to give themselves a chance of getting out of the group. PSG meanwhile, are beginning to find their groove this season, finally getting level on points with second-place Monaco after a 2-1 win over Nancy. They'll have plenty on their mind Wednesday, as Marseille visit this weekend for La Classique and Thiago Silva hits out at a reported mole in the squad. Luckily, Edinson Cavani continues to score, and has notched 12 goals across the Champions League and Ligue 1. The Parisiens should earn a home win as long as they're focused.
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.
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.
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.