The two biggest contenders for the UEFA Champions League title meet on Tuesday as PSG host Man City. To be honest, the way the Saints are playing in recent times, nobody would predict them more than the quarterfinals, but still, we believe that the French powerhouse will increase its tempo as time goes by. Meanwhile, Man City comes to town fired up following a win in the derby over Chelsea and small revenge for the defeat in the UCL finals last year.
PSG (+180) play awful. They are winning, but overall, they are playing below every expectation. It seems that the chemistry is gone, and the Saints can’t beat up even the regular customers. The latest such situation was this Saturday night against Montpellier in French Ligue 1. They took the lead early on, but the result didn’t change until the end. This opponent was usually humiliated in Paris.
Messi didn’t play again. Neymar and Mbappe were very bad, and the selfishness between them was apparent. Each time one of these two had the ball, PSG’s attack was finished. And eventually, that is why they struggled to defeat Montpellier who is nothing more than a mediocre team.
We’ll see how this develops, but for now, things aren’t very promising for PSG and its fans. Furthermore, they are pretty disturbing.
Manchester City (+140) had a nice weekend, beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, 0-1. Now, even though this result isn’t that “powerful,” the Citizens’ game was like that. They were all over the place, outrunning and outdueling their rivals from the first until the last whistle.
This match was the fifth in the EPL in which Man City didn’t allow a goal. That isn’t the case in other competitions, but the final result is pretty much always the same – Man City wins.
After starting the year a bit slower, picking up two losses, against Leicester and Tottenham, Guardiola’s guys shifted into a higher gear posting six wins and one draw. They often had offensive bursts scoring five or more goals in one match.
Messi should play, that is at least the info from the French media. Verratti is questionable, while Sergio Ramos, Bernat, Gharbi, and Kurzawa are out.
Meanwhile, Mendy is the only one who isn’t available in Man City. Gundogan didn’t play against City, but should be available, the same as Zinchenko.
Head to Head Games
These teams met last year in the UCL semifinals, and Man City posted wins in both events. The first one was in Paris, 1-2, when City pulled back two in the second half, erasing the deficit from the opening 45 minutes. The rematch at Etihad was a routine for the home side, 2-0.
As said, the way PSG plays, they won’t reach too far in the UEFA Champions League. Our pick here is on Manchester, who showed much better performances than the Saints. The odds are pretty high, +140, but if you want to be even safer, go with double chance, draw or City, because the guests won’t lose.
Pick: Man City to win +140
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