No, it’s not the UEFA Champions League Final already. The tournament is so good that PSG and Manchester City will collide in the Group Stage. Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Jack Grealish, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling will all be on the field.
Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola had a lot of battles in the English Premier League when Pochettino was coaching Tottenham. It will also be a reunion of sorts between Guardiola and PSG superstar Messi.
Let’s take a look at the latest news, stats, injury reports, and soccer betting lines for PSG vs Manchester City.
Game: PSG vs Manchester City
Location: Parc des Princes, Paris
Time: Tuesday, 3 p.m. ET
TV: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
UEFA Champions League Betting Lines
|PSG||Pk +125||+205||3 -105o||1½ +140o/-170u|
|Manchester City||Pk -145||+135||3 -115u||1½ -110o/-120u|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 4
- PSG Victories: 0 (3 goals)
- Manchester City Victories: 3 (7 goals)
- Draws: 2
The last time they met, Manchester City won 2-0 at home with two goals from Riyad Mahrez. That was the second leg of the 2020-21 Champions League semifinals. City also won the first leg 2-1 in Paris with goals from Mahrez and de Bruyne.
Overall, PSG owns a 7-8-12 record against English teams. They’ve scored 29 goals and allowed 44. On the other hand, City owns a 3-1-3 record against French teams. They’ve scored 23 goals and allowed 16.
Why Bet on PSG?
According to rumors, there are problems in paradise. Still, you’ll never be wrong by including PSG in your soccer picks. Forget about the Ligue 1 and the French Cup, they specifically built a super team to win the Champions League.
The team’s alleged problems have to do with Gianluigi Donnarumma and Mbappe, who apparently are not happy with their role. Nevertheless, PSG remains unbeaten after nine games in all competitions. They’re 8-0-0 in Ligue 1 and 0-1-0 in UCL. In nine games between both competitions, they’ve scored 23 goals and allowed eight.
It won’t be easy, but It’s time for PSG to beat Manchester City. The winner of this game will get a lot more than three points.
“Each match is a challenge for us. We’re going to play a very strong and solid team in a competition that makes both players and fans dream. We’re going to show that we want to win every match,” said midfielder Ander Herrera during a press conference.
Every team wants to beat PSG to prove themselves. Their roster depth is what makes the difference. If Messi’s out, they still have Mbappe and Neymar. If they’re out, they still have Herrera, Mauro Icardi and Georginio Wijnaldum. If they’re out, well, you know what I mean.
PSG is 2-4-3 against the spread and 3-4-2 over/under in all competitions. One thing you can expect from PSG’s games are goals. They’ve scored at least one in each of their nine games.
Messi didn’t play last weekend against Montpellier but he’s expected to be back. Sergio Ramos and Marco Verratti are out due to injury while Angel Di Maria is suspended. Their expected lineup is Gianluigi Donnarumma; Achraf Hakimi, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Abdou Diallo; Ander Herrera, Leandro Paredes, Georginio Wijnaldum; Lionel Messi, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe.
Why Bet on Manchester City?
The question before placing your betting online ticket should be, why not bet on Manchester City? Right now, I think there are only two teams capable of dominating PSG, and City is one of those teams. The other is Bayern Munich.
Despite a rocky start, the Citizens already sit in the EPL second place with a 4-1-1 record. They’ve allowed only one goal. Keep in mind that the EPL is so much more demanding than the Ligue 1.
Manchester City started its UCL season with a 6-3 victory over RB Leipzig. Six different players scored in that game, showing off the team’s offensive power. I know all teams want to have Messi, but other than that, the Citizens have no reason to envy PSG. In their last domestic game, a 1-0 victory over Chelsea, Sterling, Mahrez and Ferran Torres started on the bench. Just to give you a better idea of the talent on the roster.
Nevertheless, Guardiola knows it’s going to be a tough match, especially with PSG playing at home.
“Talent cannot be stopped. They are so good, and you have to be able to suffer for 90 minutes,” said Guardiola. He’s not wrong either, the thing is that applies for both teams.
They’re 4-2-1 against the spread and 3-4 over/under in all competitions. They only failed to score in two of those games and they scored five or more goals in three games.
Ilkay Gundogan is out due to injury, but John Stones is ready to go. Their expected lineup is Ederson Moraes; Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo; Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Fernandinho; Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus.
Final Analysis, Predictions
It’s the game of the season. Expect a back-and-forth battle right from the start. The renewed PSG squad still has a lot to prove. Messi and Neymar know each other pretty well, but they need to develop better chemistry with Mbappe. Still, any of them can carry the load individually if necessary. Manchester City could settle for a draw, but we all know they always try to win. Expect plenty of goal opportunities, both sides will score and the total will go over.
Don’t forget to check the props our sportsbook is offering for this and other games to increase your winning chances. Our score prediction is offering a +1000 price, while both teams to score in the first half is +275.
Score Prediction: PSG 2, Manchester City 2