The second Champions League semi-final of the week will be played on French soil when Ligue 1 champions PSG host English Premier League favourites Manchester City. This clash is scheduled for a 20:00 GMT kick-off, and with both teams aiming to improve their chances of making it to the final, this should provide followers with a tense 90 minutes.
Followers of the English team will be delighted to note their side has never lost a competitive match to PSG in three previous games. The head-to-head stats currently stand at one win for Man City and two draws. The visitors would indeed view another level finish as a good result in this away match.
PSG progress past Munich
PSG progressed at the expense of Germany’s Bayern Munich in the previous round when eliminating FCB on the away goal rule. In what was a gripping contest, The aggregate score finished 3-3 after Bayern Munich nicked a surprise 1-0 away win in France. They may have won the battle, but it was the Parisians that won the war and kept alive their dreams of winning UEFA’s premier competition.
Since losing to Munich, PSG has gone on the goal’s trail. They beat St Etienne 3-2 at this venue before hammering Angers 5-0 and Metz 3-1. The latter came on the road at the weekend and proved to be the perfect warm-up for this match. Icardi and Mbappe double scored the goals that day.
Man City back on top
Manchester City started this season’s Champions League as one of the favourites to go all the way and lift the trophy. They have certainly lived up to expectations so far, battling their way into the last four and will believe this is the year they finally become kings of Europe. The visitors look to have already tied up the English Premier League title, wrestling the trophy back from Liverpool.
The Cityzens were last seen in Champions League action beating Borussia Dortmund 4-2 on aggregate, winning 2-1 in the second-leg away from home. They followed that with a painful 2-1 loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, beat Aston Villa by the same score in the Premier League and edged Tottenham 1-0 in Sunday’s EFL Cup final at Wembley. They are hitting form at the right time.
PSG vs Man City prediction
PSG have the home advantage and will be desperate to make it count. The last thing the French side wants is to travel to England knowing they had to win. Expect the Parisians to go on the front foot, taking confidence from their recent form. They’ll want to get their noses in front early and pile pressure on their opponents.
Man City will be expected to defend, keep it tight and hit their hosts on the counter. We rarely see the light blues do that, however, and defending isn’t their strong point in this tournament. They prefer to get forward, attack teams and score goals. That should make for a thrilling 90 minutes.
Champions League odds
PSG are priced at 3.15 to win with 22bet offering Man City at 2.144 and the draw 3.7.
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