24 Nov 2021 | 08:27
Manchester City welcome Paris Saint-Germain back to Etihad Stadium for the second time this calendar year in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. The first time was in the second leg of the UCL semifinals of the 2020-21 edition while this time it is in Group A of the 2021-22 campaign.
Pep Guardiola’s men are currently top of the pile and one point above Mauricio Pochettino’s side but with PSG the only unbeaten team in the pool after winning the reverse fixture, 2-0, in Paris. This one should decide who advances first and who will likely follow in second with Club Brugge now outsiders and RB Leipzig looking at a UEFA Europa League berth at best elsewhere in the group.
Here is how you can watch the match and what to know:
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 24 | Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Etihad Stadium — Manchester, England
TV channel & live stream: Paramount+
Odds: City -167; Draw +320; PSG +450 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
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City: Kevin De Bruyne is out after testing positive for COVID-19 while Ferran Torres continues his recovery from a fractured foot while Jack Grealish is a doubt after missing the Everton win over the weekend.
PSG: Sergio Ramos has made a competitive match squad for the first time. Julian Draxler and Rafinha remain injured while Juan Bernat is ineligible before the knockout phase after starting the season injured. Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Lionel Messi, Marco Verratti, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe and Gianluigi Donnarumma are all present after recent fitness concerns.
City: For Guardiola and his players, it is all about the top spot. A draw should be enough to secure it while a win would guarantee it. Punished in Paris by Idrissa Gueye and a moment of Messi magic, the Cityzens will be keen to wrap things up here to avoid their final trip to Leipzig being trickier than necessary.
PSG: Pre- and post-match chatter will likely focus on Pochettino and his future regardless of the result with Manchester rivals United sniffing around the Argentine manager. However, a win would put Les Parisiens in a major position of power given their big lead at the Ligue 1 summit as they wait to see if the Red Devils put forward an offer.
There will be goals and both teams should score. I will go for a late PSG winner through Mbappe, but City are equally capable of doing the same to their visitors with their vast array of talent. Pick: City 1, PSG 2