May 9, 2021

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Prediction: Manchester City vs PSG


Verdict: Manchester City wins

Best odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: Unibet

In what is yet another delicious showdown on Tuesday night, Manchester City will look to end the job when they welcome PSG to the Etihad on Tuesday night.

Manchester By

Starting with the hosts coming from behind in a striking way in Paris last week, Manchester City know they are within touching distance of their first Champions League final. With Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne handing over The Sky Blues what could prove to be two crucial away goals, Pep Guardiola’s side also kept their momentum high on their travels over the weekend. Despite making a number of changes for their trip to Selhurst Park on Saturday lunchtime, City landed a deserved 2-0 win against a Crystal Palace side who have very little left to play this season. Although the former Bayern Munich boss may have seen Chelsea end their FA Cup adventure at Wembley last month, the Premier League giants still have their goal at a silverware sweep this year. Knowing that they are only a single domestic win away from regaining their top-flight crown, Guardiola’s men should also be boosted by their continued European success at home. Including a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund, City have won their last five Champions League matches at the Etihad with an overall score of 13-2.

Team News

By giving a break to some of their biggest stars at Selhurst Park this weekend, people like İlkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias and Phil Foden are expected to recall.

PSG

As for the visitors, despite the lead at The Parc des Princes last week thanks to Marquinhos’ header in the first half, PSG’s second half screen saw them under real control. Finally hit with a 2-1 defeat at home and now facing an upward battle on foreign soil in the middle of the week, last year’s finalists would at least have been happy to return to winning ways this weekend. Securing a hard-fought 2-1 victory against surprise package and European candidates Lens, fans around Paris are still not convinced by new boss Mauricio Pochettino. Still chasing a one-point deficit for Ligue 1 leader Lille, and with time ticking away, the former Tottenham manager will call on his side to find a much-needed solution at the back if they are to create disruption on Tuesday night. While PSG may have continued to shine with their performances on the road, it should be highlighted that The Blues have only recorded a single clean sheet in their last 10 matchups across all formats.

Team News

In a real battle for the French champions, attacking talisman Kylian Mbappé suffered a calf injury against Lens over the weekend and is now in great doubt on Tuesday night.

Idrissa Gueye, who was shown a straight red card in the first half last week, will put an expulsion in the middle of the week.

Key factors to consider

  • When the two sides faced off in Paris last week, Manchester City landed a 2-1 victory.
  • The Sky Blues have won their last five Champions League matchups at home with an overall score of 13-2.
  • PSG have won each of their last 10 direct matches across all formats, scoring 29 goals.
  • Likewise, each of PSG’s last four competitions on the way ended with both teams finding the net and over 3.5 goals.
  • Manchester City have registered just a few clean sheets in their last eight homework across all formats.

Conclusion

Manchester City are holding their momentum high with their 2-0 win at Crystal Palace this weekend and will simply look to finish the job in midweek. With Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne giving The Sky Blues what could prove to be two crucial goals, Pep Guardiola’s side will undoubtedly be strengthened by the news that Kylian Mbappe has missed The Etihad. Winning each of their last five Champions League matchups at home with an overall score of 13-2, PSG could possibly face a rigorous test on foreign soil this week. Without their attacking talisman in midweek, the French giants have struggled to find their best form since bringing Mauricio Pochettino despite their continued success on the road. When Manchester City landed the 2-1 win when they traveled out to Paris last week, we back up a similar result on Tuesday night.

Verdict: Manchester City wins

Best odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: Unibet