PSG v Man City Prediction: Champions League Match on 28.09.2021
Champions League football returns in midweek with round two of the competition’s group stages played across the continent. There are some big matches to look forward to, and with all fixtures shown on live television, it promises to be a thrilling two nights for armchair fans. The standout from the programme takes place in France where recently dethroned French champions PSG host currently English Premier League champions Manchester City. This Group A match is scheduled for a 20:00 GMT kick-off.
Manchester City is the favourites with many respected pundits to win Group A before going on to win the Champions League outright, but they will face stiff competition from PSG on both fronts. The Parisians have spent big this summer and will be eager to lay down a marker by defeating a rival. The winner of this game could go on to win the group and the competition outright. An exciting 90 minutes awaits.
Being amongst the biggest names in European football, it’s no surprise to learn PSG and Man City have met in some big matches before. They have played five times previously, and Man City have yet to lose a match. The head-to-head record stands at three wins for the Cityzens against a pair of draws. The most recent produced a 2-0 win in England which followed a 2-1 win in France. Will this renewal follow that trend, or can PSG finally get off the mark with their first win.
PSG concede ground early
Group A looks to be the most competitive of this season’s competition, with PSG and Man City joined in the pool by RB Leipzig and Club Bruges. With three of those four sides planning to fill the two qualification places for the knockout rounds, at least one will be left disappointed, dropping into the Europa League. Consistency is key over this group campaign, but PSG lost ground on Man City at the earliest opportunity when stumbling to a draw with Cub Bruges on matchday one, a match they were expected to win.
That game was played in Bruges, and it was the visitors who started as the favourites. They certainly looked the brighter of the two teams during the early exchanges and took the lead inside 15 minutes thanks to a goal from Herrera, assisted by Mbappe. PSG expected to kick on from there and score a few more before collecting the points, but Bruges fought back, equalising through Vanaken on 27 minutes.
PSG lost their French Ligue 1 crown last season but have started this campaign in fine form. They have played eight and won eight, collecting a maximum of 24 points while scoring 22 goals and conceding seven. Confidence is high in the camp, and this home match looks to have come at the right time for PSG. Victory would move them into pole position, improving their chances of winning the group.
Man City hit the front
Manchester City aimed to get off to the perfect start when opening their group campaign at home to German Bundesliga side RB Leipzig. The Bulls were expected to be competitive in that match and in the group but staggered out of the traps and were soundly beaten in England by last season’s Champions League runners up. Pep Guardiola knows the European trophy continues to evade him in his current position, and after being backed for many seasons by big bucks, too many more failures won’t be tolerated by the cash-rich board. They have paid for success on the continent, and that’s exactly what they want.
Man City made a mockery of what had been billed as a potential banana skin and tough opener to the group. They hosted RB Leipzig and had no problems blowing the Germans out of the water, hammering them 6-3 in a match that will live long in the memory of those that watched it. The Cityzens scored six goals against a talented outfit and looked capable of getting more. The three goals conceded may worry the coaching staff, but it certainly made for exciting viewing for fans and neutrals. They will want to see more of the same.
They were also victorious at the weekend, picking up three points in the Premier League thanks to a win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Blues beat City 1-0 in the final of the Champions League last season, but Pep got his revenge with a 1-0 win on Saturday. The winning goal that day was scored by Gabriel Jesus early in the second half. That result took them to second in the table, a point behind leaders Liverpool after six games.
PSG v Man City prediction
This match has all the ingredients of a cracker. Two attack-minded teams crammed with talent and confident they are good enough to win the points. A home win for PSG would get them back on track to win the group, while an away victory would see Man City step closer to qualifying, even at this early stage.
Football fans hope this match lives up to the hype, but there is a danger both sides could play it safe and try to cancel each other out. Is going for the win while leaving themselves open and risking defeat worth it? A draw wouldn’t be a poor result for either team. The level finish in Paris would be a better result for Man City, but it would allow PSG to remain within touching distance of the top spot.
Browsing the stats attached to this match, we see at least one team has failed to find the net in three of the five meetings. That includes the 2-0 win for Man City in England when the rivals last met in May of this year as the victors blazed a trail of glory to the final.
Champions League odds
The pre-match betting odds at 22bet has PSG priced at 2.995 for the win, with Man City trading 2.285 for an away day. The draw is available at 3.54.
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