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Paris Saint-Germain Vs Manchester City Tactical Preview: Team News, Predicted XIs, Key Men And Odds

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Paris Saint-Germain will entertain Manchester City at Parc des Princes on Tuesday night as both sides look to go all out in search of the three points in the UEFA Champions League group stages. PSG managed to secure a 2-0 win over Montpellier while Man City also earned a narrow 1-0 win against Chelsea last weekend. Hence, we can expect an entertaining contest between two European heavyweights as they try to get the better of each other and take control of Group A.

Talking Tactics

Mauricio Pochettino will set his team up in a 4-3-3 formation and could make one change to his starting XI for this midweek encounter at home. The Argentine head coach will ask his players to soak in all the pressure and catch the opposition off guard on the counter using the pace of Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappe up top.

Pep Guardiola could opt for a 4-3-3 formation as well and is expected to make a few changes to his first team for this game. The Man City boss will ask his players to dominate possession in midfield and create enough clear-cut chances to win this European match away at Paris.

Team News

Paris Saint-Germain

Lionel Messi is a major doubt and is unlikely to be risked from the start in midweek. Angel Di Maria won’t be available because of suspension. Marco Verratti and Sergio Ramos are also expected to miss out but Pochettino should still have a strong squad available on Tuesday.

Paris Saint-Germain Predicted XI

Navas; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo; Gueye, Paredes, Herrera; Draxler, Mbappe, Neymar

Paris Saint-Germain Vs Manchester City Tactical Preview (Man City players are seen in the photo)
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Manchester City

Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ilkay Gundogan are slight doubts for this clash and will be in a race against time to be fit in midweek. Otherwise, Guardiola has no fresh injury concerns to cope with ahead of this crucial meeting at the French capital.

Manchester City Predicted XI

Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo; B. Silva, Fernandinho, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Torres, Grealish

Key Men

Paris Saint-Germain

Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappe will be PSG’s best hopes for a goal this Tuesday night. The defensive performance of Presnel Kimpembe and Marquinhos could go a long way in determining the fate of this match.

Manchester City

Ruben Dias will have to keep Kylian Mbappe in check throughout the 90 minutes. Both Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish would have to be at the top of their game if Man City are to create enough chances to emerge victorious in midweek.


The Mancunian giants are the slight favourites to win this game as they are priced at 5/4 by the bookmakers. The draw has been listed at 5/2 while PSG are 21/10 to pick up maximum points at Parc des Princes.

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