Friday, July 30, 2021

Prediction: Manchester City vs PSG

Verdict: Manchester City win

Best Odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: Unibet

In what is another mouthwatering showdown on Tuesday night, Manchester City will be looking to finish off the job when they welcome PSG to The Etihad on Tuesday night.

Manchester City

Starting with the hosts, coming from behind in what was an eye-catching fashion out in Paris last week, Manchester City know that they’re sat within touching distance of their first Champions League final. With Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne handing The Sky Blues what could turn out to be two crucial away goals, Pep Guardiola’s side also kept their momentum at a high on their travels over the weekend. Despite making a string 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 for this season. Although the former Bayern Munich boss might have seen Chelsea end their FA Cup adventure at Wembley last month, the Premier League giants still have their sights set on a silverware sweep this year. Knowing that they’re just a single domestic win away from reclaiming their top-flight crown, Guardiola’s men should also be boosted by their continued European success on home soil. Including a 2-1 victory against Borussia Dortmund, City have won their last five Champions League contests at The Etihad by an aggregate score of 13-2.

Team News

Handing a break to some of their biggest stars at Selhurst Park over the weekend, the likes of İlkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias and Phil Foden are expected for a recall.

PSG

As for the visitors, despite taking that lead at The Parc des Princes last week thanks to Marquinhos’ first-half header, PSG’s second-half display saw them come under real scrutiny. Eventually hit with a 2-1 defeat on home soil and now facing an uphill battle on foreign soil in midweek, last year’s finalists would have at least been glad to make a return to winning ways over the weekend. Securing a hard-fought 2-1 win against surprise package and European contenders Lens, fans around Paris are still yet to be convinced by new boss Mauricio Pochettino. Still chasing a one-point deficit to Ligue 1 leaders Lille and with time ticking away, the former Tottenham manager will be calling on his side to find some much-needed resolve at the back if they’re to cause an upset on Tuesday night. While PSG might have continued to shine with their performances on the road, it should be highlighted that The Blues have recorded just a single clean sheet in their last 10 matchups across all formats.

Team News

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

Shown a straight red card in the first-leg last week, Idrissa Gueye will serve a suspension in midweek.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off in Paris last week, Manchester City landed a turnaround 2-1 victory.
    • The Sky Blues have won their last five Champions League matchups on home soil by an aggregate score of 13-2.
    • PSG have won each of their last 10 straight away fixtures across all formats, scoring 29 goals.
    • Likewise, each of PSG’s last four contests on the road have finished with both teams finding the net and over 3.5 goals.
    • Manchester City have recorded just a pair of clean sheets in their last eight home fixtures across all formats.

    Conclusion

    Keeping their momentum at high with their 2-0 win away at Crystal Palace over the weekend, Manchester City will simply be looking to finish off the job in midweek. With Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne handing The Sky Blues what could turn out to be two crucial away goals, Pep Guardiola’s side will undoubtedly be boosted by the news that Kylian Mbappe is set to miss out at The Etihad. Winning each of their last five Champions League matchups on home soil by an aggregate score of 13-2, PSG might face a stern test on foreign soil this week. Without their attacking talisman in midweek, the French giants have struggled to find their best form since bringing in Mauricio Pochettino, despite their continued success on the road. With Manchester City landing that turnaround 2-1 victory when they made the trip out to Paris last week, we’re backing a similar outcome on Tuesday night.

    Verdict: Manchester City win

    Best Odds: 7/10

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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