Manchester City vs Paris Saint UEFA League LIVE Football Match Score 28 April 2021
ABOUT THE MATCH
Paris Saint-Germain is going head to head with Manchester City starting on 28 Apr 2021 at 19:00 UTC at Parc des Princes stadium, Paris city, France. The match is a part of the UEFA Champions League. Paris Saint-Germain played against Manchester City in 2 matches this season.
PSG to Win
The favourite in this game is Manchester City, which is a bit of a surprise simply because they are guests in this game. However, City is in fantastic form in 2021 and they enter this game with a bit of a confidence boost after winning their first trophy of the season, the Carabao (EFL) Cup. Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain is in a grueling fight for the title in Ligue 1. Still, after reaching the finals last year, we feel that PSG is capable of going all the way this year, and they need to beat Man City first in order to do that.
Over 2.5 Total Goals
Both teams have gone over 2.5 total goals in two of their four matches in previous Champions League knockout phases, while PSG has been playing games with many goals the entire season. Their average in CL this season is 3.2 goals per game. Meanwhile, City has an average of 2.4 goals per game and they’ve kept a clean sheet in an impressive 70% of their CL matches. However, both teams have scored in 70% of PSG games and we expect to see this again, which would be a great start to getting over 2.5 total goals.
Neymar to Score Anytime
Since we expect PSG to win and we expect to see a few goals, we decided to bet on someone from PSG to score. Since Mbappe might not be fully fit for this game, we decided to go with Neymar, the team’s second-best goalscorer in the Champions League this season. Furthermore, Neymar is third in the entire CL with six goals.
- PSG drew 3-3 on aggregate with Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, but a 3-2 win in Germany was enough to secure a semi-final spot on away goals. A 3-1 win at Metz on Saturday was a timely boost for the Parisian side, who have won only three of their last eight competitive games at the Parc des Princes.
- Manchester City will have the wind in their sails as they make the trip across the Channel following their 1-0 Carabao Cup final win over Tottenham. Their only defeat away from the Etihad Stadium in their last 22 was a 1-0 loss to Chelsea at Wembley last weekend, and after back-to-back victories on their travels, they’ll be confident of securing a first leg advantage.
- PSG looked suspect at the back across both legs against Bayern, though the potential return of Marquinhos will shore up the defence. Nevertheless, City are more than capable of earning victory in Paris on Wednesday night.
- Juan Bernat is Mauricio Pochettino’s only confirmed injury absentee for the welcome of Manchester City.
- Marquinhos, Abdou Diallo and Rafinha played no part in the 3-1 win at Metz on Saturday, though only the former would start here.
- Pochettino could use a 4-3-3 system again here with Idrissa Gueye getting the nod to start in midfield alongside Leandro Paredes and Marco Verratti.
- In such a setup, the PSG boss may elect to have Kylian Mbappe lead the charge with Moise Kean, Julian Draxler and Mauro Icardi in reserve.
- Mbappe was forced off against Metz, but his injury is not believed to be serious.
- Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has a fully fit squad to call upon for the midweek trip to Paris after Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero both made the squad for Sunday’s Carabao’s Cup final.
- John Stones missed the 1-0 win over Tottenham due to a ban and could come into the defence at the expense of Aymeric Laporte, despite his winning goal at Wembley.
- Ederson, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus were all unused subs on Sunday and should start, while Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and Ferran Torres are among those pushing to feature.
City’s long unbeaten away run – the stats
- Manchester City have lost two of their past five games in all competitions (W3), making it three losses in 33 fixtures; they won the other 30 games.
- City have won their past 17 away games in all competitions, surpassing the previous record for an English top-flight team of 11 they set themselves between May and November 2017.
- Guardiola’s team have won 11 of their past 16 away European matches (D3 L2), both defeats coming in England; the last away game they lost abroad was at Shakhtar Donetsk (1-2) on matchday six of the 2017-18 Champions League.
- PSG have won 19 of their past 25 matches in all competitions (D1 L5), scoring 59 goals and conceding 21.
- Kylian Mbappé has 19 goals in his past 14 PSG appearances, including a hat-trick and seven doubles, the most recent at Metz in LIgue 1 on Saturday.
- Pochettino and Guardiola have faced each other 18 times as managers, with the current PSG boss winning only three times, compared with 10 Guardiola victories.