The UEFA Champions League returns this midweek with the intriguing prospect of seeing two of Europe's biggest heavyweights go head-to-head as PSG and Man City face off.
The two teams renew their bitter rivalry after meeting in the semi-finals last season, when Pep Guardiola's men won both games to end Les Parisiens' European ambition once more.
Despite their wealth, both teams will be eager to get their hands on the prized Champions League trophy, as they have yet to add European silverware to their historic local cabinet. Last season, the Citizens came close but lost in the final to Chelsea, while PSG also lost in the final to Bayern Munich in the 2019-20 season.
PSG vs Manchester City Head-to-Head
PSG and Manchester City have met five times in their history.
So far, PSG has failed to win a single match against their Tuesday opponents. Manchester City has won three games and two of them have resulted in a draw.
4th May, 2021: Manchester City 2-0 PSG (Champions League)
28th April, 2021: PSG 1-2 Manchester City (Champions League)
12th April 2016, 2016: Manchester City 1-0 PSG (Champions League)
6th April, 2016: PSG 2-2 Manchester City (Champions League)
3rd Dec, 2008: Manchester City 0-0 PSG (Champions League)
The two teams previously met in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final last year, with City winning 2-0.
PSG form guide: W-D-W-W-W
Manchester City form guide: W-W-D-W-W
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- Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, two of the most high-profile sides never to have won the UEFA Champions League (UCL), meet in a mouthwatering Group A match that offers an early chance to see whether they can justify being among the tournament favorites.
- PSG have made a perfect start to their domestic season with eight consecutive Ligue 1 victories, although they’ve had to work hard, needing injury-time winners in two of their last three. That suggests they have a fighting spirit that could serve the 2019/20 runners-up well here and later in the competition.
- However, they could only manage a 1-1 draw against Club Brugge in their UCL opener, so they’re already on the back foot. Knowing that the last team to beat them at the Parc de Princes was Man City, and with just one win in five UCL clashes with English clubs (L4), they’ve struggled in recent cross-channel affairs.
- Now Man City’s all-time most successful manager in terms of wins (221) courtesy of a 1-0 victory against Chelsea, Pep Guardiola has guided his side to a seven-match unbeaten run (W6, D1). That includes the 6-3 win over RB Leipzig that opened their UCL campaign in fine style as they look to go one better than last term.
- With their 2020/21 UCL semi-final triumph over PSG fresh in their memory, the ‘Citizens’ have now won each of their last four European clashes with French sides, conceding just once and scoring ten times. Notably, they netted twice on both previous visits to this venue (W1, D1).
Players to watch: PSG will hope Kylian Mbappé can raise his game for this big occasion as he’s not scored in four outings following a run of four goals in three matches earlier this season – all before the 65th minute. City’s man in form is Gabriel Jesus, who netted second-half goals against Leipzig and Chelsea.
Hot stat: City haven’t lost a UCL game on foreign soil since December 2017 (W12, D3).
Futaa bets tips
PSG has actually lost their last three Champions League encounters with City and is winless in the last four. Pep Guardiola's side will travel here with confidence after an impressive 1-0 win at Chelsea, an encounter they dominated almost from start to finish. PSG will be confident themselves after they extended their 100% start to the Ligue 1 season, making it seven wins from seven against Montpellier at the weekend. This should be a cracker.
PSG XI (4-3-3): Navas; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Mendes; Herrera, Gueye, Paredes; Draxler, Neymar, Mbappe
Man City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Torres, Grealish