class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>While the attacking talent usually dominate the headlines, Al Hain-Cole thinks defences may come out on top in this Champions League semi-final
Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to make home advantage count when they welcome Manchester City to the Parc des Princes in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final.
Les Parisiens have made it past Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the knockout stages so far – despite failing to win either of those home legs.
PSG vs Manchester City Latest Odds
Indeed, they are 9/4 (3.25) outsiders with bet365 to take the upper hand in this tie by coming out on top in their own backyard.
Pep Guardiola’s men have won nine and lost none of their 10 matches in this season’s competition and are 11/10 (2.10) favourites to put one foot in their first ever final with a big away win.
Two of the previous three encounters between this duo have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 11/4 (3.75) on them cancelling each other out once again.
PSG vs Manchester City Team News
Marquinhos, Abdou Diallo and Rafinha will all face late fitness tests, while Juan Bernat is definitely ruled out due to injury.
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Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero both returned to the squad for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final victory over Tottenham, leaving the guests with a fully fit squad to choose from.
PSG vs Manchester City Preview
While the build-up will understandably focus on the attacking talent such as Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, De Bruyne and Phil Foden, this clash could be more a story of defensive prowess.
Mauricio Pochettino has certainly done his best to make a notoriously flaky team difficult to beat, as underlined by robust performances in protecting first-leg leads against Barcelona and Bayern.
He is likely to set the side up in similar fashion as they look to avoid conceding a potentially fatal away goal against a Citizens outfit that has only conceded three times in 10 Champions League games this season.
PSG vs Manchester City Tips and Predictions
With just one goal to their name in the last two European home matches and four from the last four in the league, odds of 11/10 (2.10) could offer smart value on PSG keeping things tight and ensuring under 2.5 goals for City’s fourth Champions League away game in five.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.