PSG vs Manchester City
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 4 may 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Parc des Princes (Paris).
We are down to the last four in this season’s Champions League, and one match stands between the remaining teams and a place in the final later this month. It’s the all-or-nothing stage with the semi-final second leg matches played on Tuesday and Wednesday. Our team of football experts preview both games, starting with the action at the Etihad on Tuesday.
Man City enjoys a home advantage as well as a narrow aggregate lead. The English Premier League champions-elect take a 2-1 aggregate score into this one and now only have to see it out, defending their advantage. That’s easier said than done against the giants of French football and a side who have spent millions chasing their European dreams. There’s plenty more life left in this tie, that’s for sure.
Manchester City vs Paris Saint-Germain: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The reverse encounter had ended in a 1-2 win on the road for Pep’s men.
- They have a 100% unbeaten record against this opponent.
- They have scored two or more goals in two of the previous three meetings, and have kept clean sheets in two of the last four clashes.
- The Ligue 1 club are yet to find the back of the net at this venue.
Manchester City vs Paris Saint-Germain Prediction
After going a goal down in Paris, Man City staged a magnificent second-half recovery to beat PSG 1-2 in France, putting themselves in a strong position going into this Champions League semi-final second leg. Pep Guardiola’s side have won all five of their matches so far in the knockout stages and just avoiding defeat here will be enough to guarantee that they advance to a first ever Champions League final.
With PSG needing at least two goals to turn this tie around, the Parisians will be forced to commit bodies forward in numbers and enforce an ultra-attacking style of play, despite the obvious threat of Man City on the counter attack.
As was the case in the first leg, an entertaining affair is expected with plenty of chances at both ends of the field especially when considering that PSG’s last five games in all competitions have seen over 2.5 goals scored with both teams scoring in four of those matches. Whilst Mauricio Pochettino’s men should find the net at least once against a side who have conceded in each of their last three Champions League games, they are not expected to be strong enough defensively to keep Man City out themselves and regardless of which team books their place in the final, both teams to score should be favoured here alongside over 2.5 goals scored over the course of 90 minutes.
Manchester City vs PSG Team News
Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo; Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Foden
Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Navas; Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo; Danilo, Paredes; Di Maria, Verratti, Neymar; Mbappe
Unavailable: Gueye (Suspended), Bernat (Injured)
Questionable: Mbappe (Injured), Dagba (Injured)