It’s almost inconceivable that neither of these sides have ever won the Champions League, though with both losing finalists in the past two seasons and the strength of their squads, it’s little surprise that they’re the two favourites to lift the trophy this season.
Man City come into this off the back of a convincing performance over Chelsea, with the 1-0 scoreline somewhat flattering the hosts in a game in which they were dominated from the outset.
Gabriel Jesus’ goal was fortunate, though the Citizens will take great confidence from the game and it’s just the result they needed heading into this clash.
That results means City have now won six of their last seven outings in all competitions after a shaky start to their Premier League title defence, while putting six past a tricky Leipzig side in this competition shouldn’t slip under the radar either.
PSG have made an impeccable start in their quest to regain the Ligue 1 title, with maximum point from their first eight outings. Notably though, they failed to get the victory in their opening round match in this competition against Club Brugge, despite starting a front three of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar for that outing.
The Parisians haven’t been as cut throat as many would have expected with the transfer window they’ve just had, with only one of their eight wins this season coming by more than two goals.
A brace of 2-1 victories followed their draw with Brugge, both courtesy of stoppage time winners, while Montpellier were very much in the game at the weekend before Julien Draxler ended hope with an 89th minute strike and up against a side of Man City’s quality they’ll need to be far more ruthless.
Man City To Beat PSG
PSG have now failed to win each of their last four European matches, as well as any of their last three on home soil. The most recent of those came back in last year’s semi-final first-leg against Man City themselves, the first of two defeats against Pep Guardiola’s men.
PSG are still looking for their first ever win against the Manchester Club, drawing the first two meetings and losing each of the last three, and with that record to back up some unconvincing displays, we’ll have to get the visitors onside for the three points.
Lionel Messi may be in line to make a return here as he returned to full training on Monday, though it remains unclear if he’ll start the match even if Angel Di Maria is suspended, with Julien Draxler a possible starter from that wide right position.
Adrissa Gueye will return from suspension, though it’s likely that Marco Verratti and Sergio Ramos both miss out through injury here.
Ilay Gundogan remains the only major doubt for the visitors, with both Aymeric Laporte and John Stones returning at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
Guardiola has a breadth of options all over the park, and with one eye on Liverpool in their next match could rotate slightly here, though we can’t see that having too much influence on the result.
MAN CITY TO BEAT PSG
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