UEFA Champions League: Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester United preview


Manchester United will attempt a spectacular fightback on Wednesday when they travel to France to meet Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League last-sixteen tie. PSG got themselves a solid advantage after the first leg, they won 2-0 at Old Trafford thanks to second-half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe. That was the first ever direct meeting between these two teams. Manchester United have lost just three of their 27 matches against French teams in European competitions, while PSG have won six of their twenty matches against English teams.

Paris Saint-Germain are going through a very good moment, they have won their last seven matches in all competitions and conceded just two goals during that spell. Last week they clinched a 2-1 Ligue 1 victory at Caen and maintained their lavish seventeen-point advantage at the top of the table. The have also secured their place in the semi-finals of the French Cup with a 3-0 victory over Dijon. Edinson Cavani and Neymar remain out of contention due to their injuries, and Thomas Meunier also picked up a knock. Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer, Marco Verratti and Juan Bernet are all just one booking away from suspension in the Champions League.

Manchester United are looking for revenge in this match, even though PSG's superiority seemed quite clear in the first leg. That led to the first defeat at Manchester United for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but the team reacted well and won three of the following four matches in all competitions, including a 2-0 victory at Chelsea in the FA Cup. The Red Devils also managed to hold Premier League title contenders Liverpool to a goalless draw in the North West Derby a couple of weeks ago. They are going through a rather deep injury crisis at the moment as no less than ten first-team players are likely to miss Wednesday's match. Paul Pogba is suspended for this match after being sent off in the first leg.

Probable line-ups:

PSG: Buffon - Kehrer, T. Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat - Verratti, Marquinhos - Nkunku, Draxler, Di Maria - Mbappe

Man United: De Gea - Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw - McTominay, Fred - Dalot, Pereira, Rashford - Lukaku

My prediction: Paris Saint-Germain to win 3-1, Man United won't be able to threaten the home side with some many absentees.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

PSG win - 1.45
Draw - 5.00
Man United win - 7.50

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