UEFA Champions League 2021-22 Preview and Prediction: PSG vs Manchester City. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more
On 28 September, PSG and Manchester City will face each other in the second round of the Champions League group stage. The game will take place in Paris at the Parc des Princes stadium, kick-off whistle at 00:30 IST (29 Sept in India).
The Parisisans have twice lost to the side from Manchester in this prestigious European competition, but in this preview, we will try to find out if PSG can get revenge on September 28. The coaches of these teams have met many times in the Premier League, what will be their strategy?
Paris Saint-Germain News & Current Form:
PSG have undoubtedly pulled off the biggest transfer of recent years by signing Lionel Messi this summer for free. The Argentine is still getting fit and is not showing anything outstanding, but even without him, the French club have no problems in the league.
After eight rounds, the Red and Blues top the table with 24 points and have already managed to make a considerable gap with their rivals – second-placed RC Lens are nine points behind.
However, lads of Mauricio Pochettino failed to start with a win in the Champions League. In the away game against Brugge, PSG were considered to be the clear favourites to beat the Belgian champions, but they failed to do so.
The hosts managed to get back into the game after conceding a goal and looked very decent, holding on to a 1-1 draw. This result could definitely be described as a sensation, given the huge difference in class between the opponents.
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Manchester City News & Current Form:
Manchester City picked up a crucial 1-0 win over Chelsea a few days ago. It was a must-win game, above all for Josep Guardiola, who lost three times to Thomas Tuchel‘s side at the end of last season, including the Champions League final.
It can be said after the match at Stamford Bridge that Man City are in very good shape at the moment: Chelsea have never had it so tough while the German specialist at the wheel.
City started the group stage of the Champions League with a blowout win over RB Leipzig. The Germans conceded six goals at the Etihad but also scored three, which really angered Guardiola.
But overall, Man City’s defence is pretty good. The English champions have conceded only two goals in all their other encounters, apart from the game against Leipzig.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester City Head-To-Head Record:
In total, the teams have played officially 5 matches.
|Paris Saint-Germain||Draw||Manchester City|
The last time they met was the semi-finals of the Champions League 20/21, back then, the Citizens were the stronger side (2-0).
Paris Saint-Germain last matches: W-W-D-W-W-W
Manchester City last matches: W-W-W-D-W-W
Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester City Predicted XI:
PSG Predicted XI (4-3-3): Keylor Navas; Achraf Hakimi, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes; Idrissa Gueye, Leandro Paredes, Ander Herrera; Julian Draxler, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe
Manchester City Predicted XI (4-3-3): Ederson, Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, John Stones, Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne; Jack Grealish, Ferran Torres, Raheem Sterling
Statistical preview of the match Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester City:
- PSG have not yet beaten Manchester City (2 draws, 3 defeats).
- PSG are winless in their last 3 home Champions League games (draw, 2 defeats).
- Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 10 away Champions League games (8 wins, 2 draws).
Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester City Prediction:
Manchester City are in superb form as they picked up five dry victories in the last five rounds, shutting out the likes of Chelsea, Leicester and Arsenal. The visitors will clearly play for a win and the chances of success are very high, but PSG is not an easy opponent, so the victory is unlikely to be a high-scoring one.
Parimatch News staff prediction:
We say: Manchester City win by one goal.