Manchester City welcomes Paris Saint-Germain at Etihad on Tuesday night for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final, with Istanbul squarely in their sights. Despite a header from Marquinhos being canceled out by goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez, Pep Guardiola’s side won 2-1 in the first leg at the Parc des Princes last week. Know how Manchester City will line up against PSG in the Champions League semi-finals return leg and their match prediction.
Manchester City lineup: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko; Rodri, Gundogan, Silva; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Foden
Ahead of PSG’s visit to Etihad, Manchester City has a fully healthy team to choose from for the second time this season.
Ederson and Rodri – can hold their places here, just two players who started from the start at Selhurst Park last week. Pep Guardiola made sweeping changes to the XI that started at the Parc des Princes last week for Saturday’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.
Guardiola will introduce Oleksandr Zinchenko, who inspired off the bench, to the team that ended the 2-1 first-leg win.
Kevin De Bruyne will start as a false nine, but Ferran Torres and Sergio Aguero will be vying for a starting spot, both scored in London.
PSG lineup: Navas; Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Bakker; Paredes, Herrera; Di Maria, Verratti, Neymar; Mbappe
The French have ruled out Juan Bernat, but the visitors are more worried about the possible absence of talisman Kylian Mbappe.
With Ander Herrera and Danilo Pereira vying for a spot alongside Leandro Paredes at the base of the midfield, Idrissa Gueye is suspended for PSG after his red card in Paris last week.
After Mbappe missed the 2-1 victory over Lens due to a calf problem, Mauricio Pochettino will give him every chance to prove his fitness.
Mauro Icardi could replace Mbappe in the starting lineup if he is ruled out, while Pochettino could still call up Julian Draxler and have Neymar, who scored and assisted on Saturday, spearhead the offensive.
Thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez last week, when Manchester City came from behind to win the first leg 2-1 in Paris. In the last game, City ended in a 2-1 loss to Leeds at the Etihad Stadium, and two of their three home defeats this season have occurred in the last five games in Manchester.
To keep their championship hopes alive PSG bounced back from their first-leg defeat with a 2-1 victory over Lens. The Parisian powerhouse has been outstanding on the road, winning all ten of their away games since February, and eight of those victories will have been enough to see them pass City and into the Champions League final.
The predicted return of Mbappe would be a big boost to PSG’s goal-scoring exploits, but a well-rested attacking contingent on City’s end will be difficult to handle for any defense in the game, so we expect a close affair to end in a tie as City book their plane tickets to Istanbul.
Our Prediction: Manchester City 1 – 1 PSG
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