Manchester United travel to Paris on Tuesday evening buoyed by last weekend’s comeback victory in the league, but an even sterner test awaits them against last season’s runners-up.
Champions League 2020/2021
Date: Tuesday, October 20th
Kick-off: 20:00 pm
Venue: Parc Des Princes
United kick off their 2020/21
Champions League campaign with a tie against Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint Germain, with the two sides expected to make a fist of the tournament’s Group H.
The Red Devils had bounced back from the shocking loss to Tottenham before the international break, and put four past Newcastle in Tyneside last weekend, emerging 4-1 winners despite conceding an early own goal.
So, they will be hoping to summon the same sort of heart they showed on their last trip to this ground when they, against all odds, managed to pull off a historic 3-1 win over their opposition to overturn a 2-0 first-leg defeat.
The Parisians will no doubt, be looking to go one step further in this season’s competition after narrowly losing last campaign’s final to Bayern Munich. They have, after a slow start, hit the ground running in the French top flight and have won all of their last five conceding once in that time.
The hosts are unbeaten in their last 24 Champions League home group stage games, but can the Premier League opposition end that run here?
Thomas Tuchel have a number of absentees for this game, a list which includes Juan Bernat, Julian Draxler, Mauro Icardi, Thilo Kehrer, Marquinhos and Marco Veratti who are all sidelined with injuries.
Angel Di Maria and Layvin Kurzawa are suspended.
Aside long term injury absentees Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer have a full complement of squad to pick from for this game.
Edinson Cavani could make his debut against his former employers.
Head to Head
PSG beat United 2-0 at Old Trafford in one of the two ever meetings between these sides, with the Red Devils running out 3-1 winners when they travelled to Paris.
PSG’s last five competitive games: WWWWW
Man United’s last five competitive games:WWWLW
It is a no-brainer PSG are the favourites here, and on paper are the very much stronger of the two. But you reckon that they are short on personnel and might not be at their flowing best here, with a number of their stars missing out.
A punt which, however will appeal to the punters is the Both Teams To Score market, and we will hoping this game lives up to it’s billing as one of the most interesting first games of this season’s tournament. You can get odds of 8/13 for the two sides to find the net.
Marcus Rashford is 10/3 to get in among the goals anytime and we’ll be banking on the striker on the goalscorers market.