UEFA Champions League Semifinals Preview: Man City at PSG.
The first leg of the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League continues on Wednesday, with Paris Saint-Germain hosting Manchester City at their Parc des Princes on the CBS Sports Network at 3 PM ET.
PSG reached the semifinals of the European championship by defeating Bayern Munich with the away goals tiebreaker. Les Parisiens won the opening match at Allianz Stadium, 3-2, on April 7th. Kylian Mbappe scored twice, and Marquinhos added a third goal in the triumph. Despite losing at home to the Bavarians in the second leg on April 13th, their three goals on the road broke the 3-3 aggregate score stalemate.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino’s team may have endured the most difficult road to reach the final four. PSG survived a challenge group stage that included RB Leipzig and Manchester United. Les Parisiens then faced Barcelona in the first knockout stage round. They defeated Lionel Messi and company by a 5-2 aggregate score after striking a dominant 4-1 blow on the road in the first leg against Barca.
PSG comes off a 3-1 victory at home to Metz on Saturday in Ligue 1 play. Mbappe scored twice before exiting the match with a knee injury. Mauro Icardi added the final goal. Les Parisiens have won four of their last five games across all competitions, and they have scored at least three goals in seven of nine matches. They are in second place in the French top flight, one point behind Lille.
Manchester City has won three of their last four matches after capturing the Carabou Cup title in a 1-0 victory against Tottenham at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Aymeric LaPorte scored the lone goal in the 82nd minute to give manager Pep Guardiola his fourth straight League Cup.
The Citizens advanced to the semifinals of the Championship League for the first time under Guardiola’s stewardship with their 4-2 aggregate score victory against Borussia Dortmund. Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden scored in the opening leg 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium on April 6th. Riyad Mahrez and Foden scored in the second leg on the road on April 14th.
Man City reached the quarterfinals after they dispatched another Bundesliga side, Borussia Monchengladbach, by a 4-0 aggregate score in the first knockout stage. The Citizens have won nine of their ten Champions League matches this season with a 0-0 draw against FC Porto, the lone blemish on their resume.
Guardiola is on track to guide to their third English Premier League title in the last four seasons. Man City is in first place by 10 points over Manchester United.
Neither of these storied franchises has lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy. PSG lost to Bayern Munich in the finals last August. Les Parisiens would be just the ninth team in the history of the event to reach the finals if they can get past Man City. Mbappe is a doubt with his weekend knee injury, but he expects to play.
BetOnline lists Man City as a -0.25 goal line road favorite with the total set at 2.75.
Computer prediction: Manchester City 2 Paris Saint-Germain 1