Manchester City are perfectly poised to earn their maiden Champions League semifinal when they host Paris Saint Germain at the Etihad on Tuesday evening.
Paris Saint Germain are making their quarter final appearance the fourth successive year, but lost to Barcelona in 2013 and 2015 and Chelsea in 2014. Manchester City are making their first ever quarter final appearance in Champions League have made it to the round of 16 in the last two season, but were eliminated by Barcelona on both occasions.
PSG’s overall record in Champions League this season is 6 wins, 2 draw and 1 loss from their 9 matches so far. They are undefeated in the last 6 games in the competition, with 5 wins and a draw. Their away form is 3 wins and a loss and scored 8 goals and conceded 2.
Manchester City won 5, drawn 2 and lost 2 from the 9 Champions League matches this season far. They are coming on the back of consecutive draws and the home form this season is 2 wins, 1 draw and a defeat scoring 7 and conceded 5.
Manchester City: Team News
Vincent Kompany and Fernando are sidelined for the Citizens with injuries, while Yaya Toure is a doubt.
Kevin De Bruyne, Samir Nasri and Fabian Delph have recovered from their respective injuries, with Raheem Sterling also close to full fitness.
Manchester City: Expected Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Caballero – Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Clichy – Delph, Fernandinho – David Silva, De Bruyne, Navas – Aguero.
PSG: Team News
Blaise Matuidi and David Luiz are suspended for this fixture after picking up a booking in the first leg at Paris, while Marco Veratti and Javier Pastore are doubts after struggling for fitness.
PSG: Expected Starting Line-up (4-3-3)
Trapp – Maxwell, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Aurier – Motta, Rabiot, Stambouli – Di Maria, Cavani, Ibrahimovic.
PSG vs Manchester City: Head-to-Head Stats
The teams have met only once in European competitions before the first leg on this fixture, which ended in a 0-0 draw at Manchester in the group stages of the 2008/09 UEFA Cup.
After their latest meeting in Paris last week, the head-to-head record reads 2 draws in 2 matches.
PSG’s overall record against English teams in UEFA competitions is 4 wins, 6 draws and 4 defeats from 14 matches. And they have only won once in 7 trips to England, with 3 draws and 3 losses.
Manchester City vs PSG: Prediction
Manchester City are in a strong position to advance to the semi-finals for the first time in their history after earning a well fought 2-2 draw in Paris last week. And now it’s up to them to make it count as they get to play the decider in front of a noisy home crowd. And the return of Kevin De Bruyne has given them an extra incentive.
PSG, despite the abundance of quality in their line-up, failed to take their chances in the first leg. This may come back to haunt them as their chance is largely untested against strong oppositions.
My prediction for this match is a Manchester City win by a 2-1 score line and I expect Sergio Aguero to find the back of net. This give three betting options for the match – Manchester City to win, Over 2.5 goals and Aguero to score any time.
Recommend Bet: Man City to Win @ 2.70