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Paris SG vs Manchester City
When: Wednesday, April 28 – 21:00 CEST
Where: Parc des Princes in Paris, France
Weather: Partly Sunny, 14°C
Referee: Felix Brych
Winning the Champions League is something both Paris Saint Germain and Manchester City have been unable to do yet but are now in an excellent position to make that dream a reality.
The UCL action will heat up tonight on Wednesday, April 28 at the Parc des Princes, when PSG will play hosts to Man City. It will mark a rematch from back in 2016, when Man City forced a 2-2 draw in France and eliminated the French side from the UCL quarter-finals with a 1-0 win at home.
A lot has changed since, namely that the Parisians got much stronger. They enter this match after eliminating the reigning champions Bayern Munich, while City took down Borussia Dortmund 4-2 on aggregate.
Having been eliminated by Man City from the quarter-finals in 2016, PSG will seek revenge tonight, but can the French side do it?
Paris SG Have Their Eyes on the Prize
Years of financial investments and attempts of winning the UEFA Champions League have resulted in nothing for Paris Saint Germain. Having reached the grand finals last year, the Parisians were only one step away from finally achieving the long-sought-after feat, but got denied the trophy by Bayern Munich.
Having already tasted how it is to play in a UCL final, Parisians were determined to relive the experience, and they have not shown any signs of stopping en route to it.
The French champions advanced through the UCL stages with relative ease. They topped their group with a 4-0-2 record ahead of RB Leipzig, Manchester City and Istanbul Basaksehir and carried over the momentum into the playoffs.
In the first stage, PSG demolished Barcelona with 5-2 on aggregate. To that, they added a narrow yet well-deserved revenge win over Bayern Munich with an away goal in the quarter-finals.
Looking ahead, the Parisians are now tasked to defeat their toughest opponent yet. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have never beaten City in three meetings. That said, those three meetings are spaced out over the last 13 years.
Much of PSG’s success so far came via Kylian Mbappe, who has emerged as the start of the show for his side. He has singlehandedly embarrassed Barcelona with a hat-trick, to which he added another goal against the Bavarians.
The 22-year-old has had an injury scare back on the weekend against Metz but is expected to play tonight.
Man City Looking For Another Piece of Silverware
Man City can forget about a quadruple after bowing out of the FA Cup. However, the Sky Blues have already managed to grab their first piece of silverware with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspurs in the Carabao Cup on Sunday.
City’s performance that day wasn’t exactly spectacular, considering they struggled to find the back of the net despite their 21 attempts. It took them 82 minutes to finally score a goal, granted a win is still a win.
In the Champions League, City haven’t struggled too much. They topped their group ahead of Porto, Olympiacos and Marseille and then went on to eliminate Borussia Mönchengladbach (4-0), and Borussia Dortmund (4-2) with relative ease.
However, City might have seemed a bit shaky of late. They are 3-0-2 in their last five across all competitions. That run includes two losses against Leeds (1-2) and Chelsea (0-1) in the FA Cup.
Regardless of those showings, we all know Man City are capable of great things. They can be an extremely potent team if they find their stride – the only question is whether they will manage to do so in France.
Paris SG vs Manchester City Betting Picks
Domestically, PSG have been doing extremely well for a very long time, but they seem to lack motivation to truly show what they’re capable of. Although they (usually) don’t really need to give their 100%, Pochettino’s side are now one point behind Lille, which could potentially end their streak of three consecutive titles.
In the UCL, PSG looked good, albeit they have lost to the Bundesliga club at home.
Man City, on the other side, still need a few points to secure their EPL title, although with 10 points clear and only five more games to go, they’re all but guaranteed to lift the trophy.
There are some doubts about City considering their slow start, however, you can’t really deny that Pep Guardiola’s side have been playing much better of late.
That is largely due to the impact of their young players in Jesus Gabriel, Phil Foden, Rodri, and Ruben Dias. And let’s not forget about Kevin de Bruyne and İlkay Gündoğan, who is playing some of the best football of his career.
What makes City a dangerous team is not only their strength in the attack but their near-unbeatable defence that could prove to be a tough nut to crack – even for the attacking-minded PSG.
We expect an exciting affair, but with the way Man City have been playing in Europe, you can’t really make a strong case against them. Especially at these odds.
Prediction: Manchester City to win – 2.12 at Sportsmarket
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