Manchester City host Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium in a huge clash of new money Champions League favourites. It’s Abu Dhabi versus Qatar and Pep Guardiola versus Mauricio Pochettino, as the Blues lock horns with Les Rouge-et-Bleu on Wednesday night.
Where and when: Etihad Stadium – 24 November, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Manchester City vs. PSG: BT Sport
Last time: Lionel Messi scored a sublime second goal as PSG beat City 2-0 at the Parc des Princes in September’s reverse fixture, after Idrissa Gana Gueye had opened the scoring for the Ligue 1 giants.
Manchester City v PSG Predictions and Preview
It may not sit well with many football fans, but Manchester City versus Paris Saint-Germain could be a preview of a matchup we see once again in the latter stages of this season’s Champions League campaign. Before that though, top spot in Group A is up for grabs this week.
Despite losing to PSG earlier in this group, City are currently top of the section with nine points from their first three games, having beaten RB Leipzig in their opening fixture and completing the double over Club Brugge in their two most recent matches.
Les Parisiens are only a point behind their hosts in this Manchester City v PSG preview, after sharing draws in their two previous away games at Club Brugge and RB Leipzig. With PSG at home to Brugge on the final matchday and City away to Leipzig, Wednesday game in Manchester is huge.
A victory for City would ensure they finish top of this group ahead of the final round of fixtures, while a PSG win would set the French outfit up nicely to finish in first place. How that affects each club’s prospective draw for the round of 16 remains to be seen, but with Brugge still in touch with the pair of them ahead of their home game against Leipzig, a win would also be huge for qualification in and of itself.
Failure to get out of this group would be a disaster for either of these two new superpowers, who’ve faced each other five times now over the last five years. City recorded a 4-1 aggregate victory over PSG in the Champions League semi-finals last season, while the Blues also beat the Parisians in the quarter-finals in 2016, by a narrow 3-2 aggregate margin.
With home advantage on their side, the Citizens are the 7/10 favourites in this Manchester City v PSG preview. The away team are brimming with talent including Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria though, and they will be very interesting to many at 17/4, even with the expected absence of Neymar through injury. The draw on Wednesday is priced at 13/4.
One to watch for Manchester City: Riyah Mahrez is City’s top scorer in Europe this season with four goals to his name so far. The Moroccan could prove excellent value at 6/1 to open the scoring in these Manchester City v PSG predictions.
One to watch for PSG: There will be many inside the Etihad who are only there to see Lionel Messi, as the Argentine maestro continues to find his top form for his new club. The former Barcelona great is one to keep a close eye on in the first scorer market.
Long shot: PSG will struggle to keep City out again, meaning the visitors will probably need to score at least twice if they’re to have any chance of winning this game. The visitors to win and both teams to score is 33/5 in these Man City v PSG tips, while the Parisians are 31/2 to win 2-1. With Mbappe scoring first, those odds rise to 97/1.