Paris Saint-Germain were extremely disappointing versus Manchester City in the Champions League semifinal first leg at the Parc des Princes. Neymar and Kylian Mbappe failed to show up on the night and were unable to stop Manchester City from coming from a goal down to lose 2-1. Now, the Parisians must score at least two goals without reply to qualify for a second straight Champions League Final.
Pep Guardiola’s team are on the verge of qualifying for a first-ever Champions League Final. The Cityzens were excellent in the first leg coming from a goal down, Kevin De Bruyne pulled the strings for Manchester City. After Marquinhos’ first half goal, De Bruyne tallied a strike just after the hour-mark and Riyad Mahrez added a second on 71 minutes.
Paris Saint-Germain's Idrissa Gueye was sent off on 77 minutes for a reckless tackle. De Bruyne avoided a red card for a similar tackle in the second half, sending Paris Saint-Germain players into meltdown. The second leg is nicely poised between the two sides. Paris Saint-Germain's objective is clear. They must score at least two goals to qualify for the final.
Manchester City are coming off of a 2-0 weekend win over Crystal Palace with Sergio Aguero getting onto the scoresheet. Paris Saint-Germain also collected a weekend win as they defeated Lens 2-1.
Manchester City vs Paris Saint-Germain Betting Odds
Manchester City are on a four-match winning streak in all competitions. Two of those fixtures ended in wins to nil for Manchester City. Guardiola’s team are not the goalscoring side they were in seasons past. They failed to score more than 2.0 goals in their last four games in all competitions. Leading sportsbooks have Manchester City at odds of 8/11 to win at full-time against Paris Saint-Germain and qualify for a first-ever Champions League Final.
The Cityzens have to avoid conceding twice to Paris Saint-Germain. Sportsbooks have Paris Saint-Germain as the underdog to qualify for the final. They are at odds of 11/2 to qualify for the final while bookies have Paris Saint-Germain are at odds of 18/5 to win the semifinal second leg in Manchester. Perhaps the biggest benefit for Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg is playing on the road. Away goals will count double.
Manchester City have posted a record of 20W-2D-3L in 25 matches at the Etihad Stadium in all competitions in 2020-21. They have allowed a mere 18 goals thanks to the team’s improved defence this season. Ruben Dias and John Stones partnered together in the first leg in central defence.
Aymeric Laporte played at the weekend versus Crystal Palace and could come back into the team. Whichever central defensive pair plays, Paris Saint-Germain may struggle to break them down.
Manchester City vs Paris Saint-Germain Team News
Guardiola doesn’t have any new injury issues going into the Champions League semifinal second leg. The Cityzens have a full-strength squad going into the game and have an away goal lead to protect. Although Paris Saint-Germain started fast in the first leg, they burnt out quickly with Neymar and Mbappe making little impact. For all the fancy footwork from Neymar, the Brazilian was a non-factor in the first leg.
Paris Saint-Germain need Neymar to finally step up to the plate in a big game – something he has not done since joining from Barcelona. Speaking of Neymar and Barcelona, the usual spring/summer transfer speculation of Neymar moving back to Barcelona is being reported. Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo is reportedly not as confident as he was previously about Neymar remaining at the club.
Mbappe did not play against Lens at the weekend. The Frenchman has a calf muscle strain that could keep him on the sidelines. He did travel with the squad to Manchester and a decision will be made closer to game time on Mbappe’s availability. The only other injured players for Mauricio Pochettino for the fixture are long-term absentees Alex Letellier and Juan Bernat.
Reports on Monday indicate further Financial Fair Play investigations are now being undertaken against Manchester City. The Cityzens were originally suspended from this season’s Champions League tournament by UEFA until the punishment was reversed.
Manchester City vs Paris Saint-Germain Prediction
Both teams to score goals: YES @ 3/5 - BET NOW
The first leg finished 2-1 with both sides finding the back of the net. Paris Saint-Germain scored in the first half and took a 1-0 lead into halftime before Manchester City scored twice in the second period. The Cityzens have the advantage going into the second leg and must simply not concede two goals. Manchester City have won all five of their previous Champions League knockout games this season. They scored 2.0 goals in each of those fixtures.
Kevin De Bruyne to score anytime @ 9/5 - BET NOW
De Bruyne was brilliant in the first leg scoring a goal to lead the Cityzens back to win. Now, one foot is in the Champions League Final. De Bruyne has nine goals in 37 matches in all competitions. Three of those goals came in six games in the Champions League. Guardiola did not play De Bruyne against Crystal Palace at the weekend to rest him.
Over 2.5 goals scored @ 11/20 - BET NOW
The first leg finished 2-1 with Manchester City coming from behind to win. Paris Saint-Germain must score at least two goals without conceding to go through. However, Manchester City are likely to score a goal against Paris Saint-Germain just like in the first leg. We could see over 2.5 goals with Paris Saint-Germain desperately trying to score in the second half to qualify for the second leg.
Paris Saint-Germain's last five games in all competitions finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Two of Manchester City’s last four matches in all competitions finished with more than 2.5 goals scored. Their defence has been excellent, but Paris Saint-Germain should get at least a goal back. Pochettino will need to send the Parisians out to score from the start. Can they overturn the two-goal deficit?
Man City vs PSG Tips
Here are our Man City vs PSG betting tips for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League semi-final 2nd-leg at the Etihad Stadium.
1. Both teams to score goals: YES @ 3/5
2. Kevin De Bruyne to score anytime @ 9/5
3. Over 2.5 goals scored @ 11/20
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