Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are battling for first place in Champions League Group A. The two mega-powers will play on Wednesday night at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester with the top spot in the group up for grabs.

Pep Guardiola’s team go into matchday 5 of the Champions League with nine points from 12 on offer in the tournament. Paris Saint-Germain are one point behind Manchester City with eight points from 12 points available. A 2-2 draw with RB Leipzig on matchday 4 has Paris Saint-Germain also looking over their shoulders at matchday 6 opponent Club Brugge.

Paris Saint-Germain defeated Manchester City on matchday 2 at the Parc des Prince 2-0. It was a game dominated by Manchester City, but Paris Saint-Germain got two scores and kept Manchester City out of goal.

Both teams look likely to be without several key players. Kevin De Bruyne is self-isolating after returning a positive COVID-19 test. He will miss the game, while Gianluigi Donnarumma and Marquinhos are sidelined for Paris Saint-Germain. Can Paris repeat their feat from matchday 2 or will Manchester City get an important win?

Manchester City vs Paris Saint-Germain Betting Odds

 

Idrissa Gueye’s eighth-minute goal and Lionel Messi’s 74th-minute goal gave Paris Saint-Germain the win on matchday 2 at the Parc des Prince. Paris Saint-Germain posted just 45% possession and six shots, while Manchester City had 55% possession and 18 shots – seven of those shots were on target.

Paris Saint-Germain's attacking trio of Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar spent much of the game camped out at the halfway line while seven other players got stuck in and defended. If Paris Saint-Germain are going to win the Champions League, Mauricio Pochettino needs the trio to track back more often – or at all.

Paris Saint-Germain are coming off of an easy 3-1 win against Nantes at home in Ligue 1. Manchester City are also coming off of an easy win, 3-0, against Everton. Bookies’ best betting odds on an away Paris Saint-Germain win at full-time are at 9/2.

The Parisians have gone on the road twice in the Champions League and drawn both matches. They drew 1-1 with Club Brugge and 2-2 with RB Leipzig. Manchester City are at the best betting odds of 31/50. Bookies’ best betting odds on a draw at full-time are at 67/20.

Manchester City vs Paris Saint-Germain Team News

Manchester City’s most important player, midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, is ruled out due to a positive coronavirus test. Jack Grealish could join De Bruyne on the sidelines. The £100 million-man is nursing a minor injury and will undergo a fitness test prior to Wednesday night.

Striker Ferran Torres remains ruled out following a fractured foot. Guardiola played Cole Palmer in attack versus Everton. Palmer played through the middle with Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling on either side. The Manchester City manager could line up in a similar way. However, Gabriel Jesus could step into the starting XI for Palmer.

Pochettino’s injury issues have got better recently. He could have defender Sergio Ramos back from a long-term calf injury. Ramos could make his Paris Saint-Germain debut on Wednesday in Manchester. Pundits and fans will eagerly await Ramos’ debut to see if he can keep up with Manchester City’s attack.

Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe weren’t expected to be fully fit for the match. However, the defensive duo looks likely to be fit to start the fixture. Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is a major doubt due to gastroenteritis and Keylor Navas will play in the Italian’s place. Messi, Mbappe, and Neymar will form Paris Saint-Germain's front three.

Manchester City vs Paris Saint-Germain H2H

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have played three matches in the last two Champions League tournaments. Prior to this season’s game in the group stage, the teams met in the Champions League 2020-21 semifinals. Manchester City went to Paris and won 2-1 before claiming a 2-0 victory in Manchester. Riyad Mahrez scored three times over the course of those two matches.

Paris Saint-Germain claimed a 2-0 win against Manchester City in September in the group stage. The Parisians will fancy their chances of going to Manchester and winning against the Cityzens. With De Bruyne out of action, Manchester City’s scoring abilities are less against a top side like Paris.

Manchester City vs Paris Saint-Germain Predictions

First team to score Paris Saint-Germain @ 6/5 - BET NOW

 

Paris Saint-Germain were outplayed for the most part when these teams previously met. However, Paris Saint-Germain's defenders and midfielders did something un-PSG-like, they dug down and defended like their lives depended on it. Our betting tips prediction is for Paris Saint-Germain's defence to put in another strong performance against a De Bruyne-less Man City. Paris Saint-Germain should score first.

Lionel Messi to score anytime @ 41/20 - BET NOW

 

Lionel Messi scored Paris Saint-Germain's second goal against Manchester City on matchday 2 of the Champions League. The Argentine hasn’t had a great season at Paris Saint-Germain, but has contributed goals at times. Messi has four goals in nine appearances for PSG with three goals coming in the Champions League. He played against Nantes, scoring a goal and creating another. Our betting tips prediction is for Messi to camp out at the halfway line for most of the game and score anytime.

Both teams to score and Paris Saint-Germain to win @ 15/2 - BET NOW

 

De Bruyne’s absence is huge. If you don’t think De Bruyne missing matchday 5 is big, jut recall the way in which Manchester City played without him in the Champions League Final. Even if Grealish plays, he is not at the level of De Bruyne.

Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain have Neymar, Mbappe, and Messi. Despite Paris Saint-Germain's vulnerabilities due to the trio’s desire to not defend, they will keep Manchester City’s defence on edge throughout the match.

Our betting tips prediction is for Paris Saint-Germain to win and both teams to score. Paris Saint-Germain will go top of the group while Manchester City’s qualification to the next round would potentially go down to the final day.