Manchester City and PSG have always been among the favorites to win the UEFA Champions League title. Well, both are right on track toward the Round of 16, but only one can finish atop Group A.
Curiously enough, the Parisians remain unbeaten but sit in second place. They need at least a draw at Manchester City on Wednesday afternoon to keep hope alive. On the other hand, a victory would be enough for the English side to secure first place.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and soccer betting lines for Manchester City vs PSG.
- Competition: UEFA Champions League
- Location: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
- Time: Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET
- TV: beIN Sports
- Live Stream: fuboTV
Manchester City vs Paris-Saint Germain
|Manchester City||-1 +105||-160||3 -115o||1½ -180o/+150u|
|PSG||+1 -125||+400||3 -105u||½ -240o/+190u|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 6
- Manchester City Victories: 3 (7 goals)
- PSG Victories: 1 (5 goals)
- Draws: 2
The first leg ended with a surprising 2-0 victory for PSG. Not because of the victory, but for finishing with a clean sheet. Manchester City ended with seven shots on target, four more than PSG, but didn’t have any luck.
Of all their previous encounters, only one finished with a goalless draw. Regarding the total, it went over three goals twice, precisely in the two meetings in which both scored.
Manchester City has lost only three games between the English Premier League and the UCL. Most recently, they crushed Everton 3-0. Regarding the UCL, their last game was against Club Brugge and they won 4-1.
We’re talking about a well-balanced team. However, they are always thinking about attacking. The Citizens have scored 15 goals in four UCL games. Only Bayern Munich has scored more with 17.
None of City’s players are among the top scorers, but I honestly think that’s a good thing. Not depending on anyone to score most goals is an advantage. No matter who plays, they remain competitive.
Head coach Pep Guardiola likes to rotate the starting lineup to keep everybody involved. After all, City owns one of the most talented rosters in Europe, including Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish, etc. Any of them can carry the load.
The Citizens have been an even more reliable soccer pick when playing at home. They own a 7-1-1 record, scored 31 goals, and allowed seven. They scored in six of those games and finished with a clean sheet five times.
There are no major injuries to report here. That will be one huge difference from the first leg, in which Guardiola didn’t have all his players available. Besides, Ruben Dias, Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho will be at 100 percent after not playing at all last weekend.
You won’t find a more tempting betting online underdog than PSG. We’re talking about Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe at full speed. If that’s not enough, Angel Di Maria, Georginio Wijnaldum, Ander Herrera or Mauro Icardi can come off the bench.
PSG are having a great season domestically and only a catastrophe could prevent them from winning the Ligue 1 title. Right now, their advantage over second place is 11 points, allowing them to fully focus on the UCL.
The Parisians have lost only one game on the road in all competitions. They own a 5-3-1 record, scored in six of those games and finished with a clean sheet twice.
“Our strength is being able to punish the opposition when it’s needed, that’s the way we approach matches and win matches. We know that we can beat anyone, so we need to go there with confidence in ourselves,” said goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in an interview.
He’s not wrong. PSG has been able to win games even when they weren’t supposed to. For example, last weekend they won despite playing with 10 players after goalkeeper Keylor Navas got a red card.
Head coach Mauricio Pochettino will have all players available as well. The international break was kind to them.
Final Analysis, Predictions
This could well be a preview of the Grand Finale. Both have talent to spare and are eager to prove who’s the boss. PSG’s chemistry is more developed now and will put up a good fight, but Manchester City remains the better team. It’s going to be a goal-fest, enough for the total to go over.
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Score Prediction: Manchester City 2, PSG 2