City are in the driving seat coming into Tuesday’s semi-final return clash, and PSG have it all to do as they bid to return to the tournament’s showpiece for the second year running.
Champions League 2020/2021 campaign
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Manchester City are just an hour and thirty away from their first ever European Cup final, and coupled with their good European home record against French teams (W3, D1, L1) that makes it very much achievable all the more.
A true tale of two halves in the first leg in Paris, the Citizens must have been spurred by Pep Guardiola’s half time team talk as they came out guns blazing, turning a deficit on its head.
Having geared up for this game with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on the weekend, and with the heartbreak of three consecutive quarter-final exits now history, the hosts will surely have their eyes on the ultimate prize.
Mauricio Pochettino will return to English soil yet now at the helm with the Parisians, but can he engineer a big one and pull his team through?
Interestingly, PSG have won their last 10 away games across all competitions — a run which includes their historic nights at Camp Nou and the Allianz Arena, and six of their last seven Champions League games away from the Parc Des Princes have ended in victory.
That said, it will be tough against a City side brimming with confidence at the moment, and having scrapped past tough opposition Lens on the weekend, the visitors will hope to up their ante in Manchester.
This really should bring us a good game of football, and a very difficult one to back in the betting. But who’s your money on to progress?
Guardiola have the luxury of a fully fit squad to choose from here, which is a massive boost.
Kylian Mbappe missed the 2-1 win over Lens with a calf issue and is in a race against time to be fit here.
Idrissa Gueye will miss out following his red in the first leg.
Manchester City’s last five UCL games: WWWWW
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Pep Guardiola has faced counterpart Mauricio Pochettino on 19 occasions previously, going unbeaten in 16 of them (W11, D5, L3).
Manchester City have scored at least twice in their last six Champions League games.
Whilst City have the lead and might want to keep it by hanging in, it is uncharacteristic of them so Guardiola will want to kill the game sooner rather than having his side run into troubles by trying to defend.
PSG on their part, need goals to guarantee qualification, and that is what they’d be going all out to get on Tuesday night. We like the feel of goals at the Etihad and the 8/15 for an Over 2.5 goals, just like seen in the first leg feels like the way to go.