πŸŒƒ PSG vs Man City betting preview: Glamour semifinal tie should deliver goals
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πŸŒƒ PSG vs Man City betting preview: Glamour semifinal tie should deliver goals

It's a showpiece semifinal first leg in Paris with last season's beaten finalists hosting this season's tournament favourites at the Parc des Princes.

Here's all you need to know ahead of a heavyweight showdown kicking off at 21:00 CAT.

🔮 Neymar & Mbappé dazzling on the big stage

PSG's Brazilian superstar number 10 did virtually everything barring put the ball in the back of the net against Bayern in their 1-0 second-leg defeat in the French capital. He's got fond memories of the Champions League semifinals, though, having been directly involved in four goals (three strikes, one assist) in his last three appearances at this stage of the competition. 

After scoring twice in PSG's 3-1 league win at Metz at the weekend, Kylian Mbappé limped off injured but the France international is expected to be fit to start. 22-year-old Mbappé has eight goals & three assists in the Champions League this term, reinforcing his status as an elite performer occupying the very upper echelons of the sport. 

🥽 De Bruyne pulling the City strings

City's midfield magician Kevin De Bruyne will probably feel as though he has a point to prove in Paris and, having scored in each of the last two UCL H2Hs with PSG back in 2015-16, he has happy memories of this fixture. He assisted the only goal in Sunday's Carabao Cup final and will again be the key man to link midfield and attack. 

👔 Pochettino keen to replace heartbreak with glory

One year before PSG fell at the final hurdle to Bayern in 2020, Mauricio Pochettino navigated Tottenham to an unlikely date with destiny and Liverpool in Madrid but the Lilywhites fell at the final hurdle and Pochettino was left to rue what might have been. 

PSG's chances of winning Ligue 1 this term are now hanging by a thread. The Champions League crown is the one the club's owners really want, though, and it's now enticingly in reach once more.

🗞 Team news

🇫🇷 PSG

Keylor Navas and Marco Verratti have made timely returns from injury and both should line up from the start, and club captain Marquinhos is also likely to be available again.

🧮 Likely XI (4-2-3-1):

Navas; Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo; Gueye, Paredes; Di María, Verratti, Neymar; Mbappé

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Man City

Pep Guardiola has a fully-fit squad from which to choose this evening, and he's likely to recall Rodri to the starting XI tonight after the Spanish holding midfielder started Sunday's EFL Cup final win on the bench.

Gabriel Jesus will also be pushing for a start. With Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling also vying for places, Pep has plenty of options.

🧮 Likely XI (4-3-3):

Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Foden 

🔑 Key stats

  • With eight UCL goals in 2020-21, PSG's Kylian Mbappé is the highest-scoring player left in this season's tournament. 
  • Kevin De Bruyne scored in each of the last two UCL H2Hs with PSG back in 2015-16.
  • Pep Guardiola has lost just three of 18 personal managerial H2Hs with Mauricio Pochettino (W10 D5), though Pochettino did win the last UCL H2H tie (4-4 on aggregate in 2018-19).

  • PSG has scored at least three goals in seven of their last nine matches.
  • However, PSG has had problems in home games of late, winning just four of their last eight outings (W4-D1-L3) at Parc des Princes in all competitions.
  • Man City has scored at least two goals in eight of their last 10 Champions League matches.
  • 20-year-old Englishman Phil Foden has scored in each of City's last two UCL matches.

💶 Best bet: Over 3.5 goals

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