Paris Saint Germain will take on Manchester City in the Group A clash in the Champions League. Mauricio Pochettino’s men are set to host Manchester City in this high-profile fixture at Parc des Princes. Which one of the two big guns will come out on top?
PSG fans dream of seeing their new star signing Lionel Messi at home in a Champions League fixture was shattered when it was announced a few days ago that he has sustained an injury in his left knee. Now the forward is set to undergo rehabilitation and will be unavailable for a considerable period of time. His unavailability is unlikely to affect PSG’s league form. PSG are top of the Ligue 1, having won all of their seven matches so far. However, in their previous outing in the Champions League, they failed to impress and were held on to a 1-1 draw by Club Brugge. Despite maintaining the share of possession, the away side were outshot by the home side. Mauricio Pochettino will definitely look to rally his side against none other than Manchester City, a feat that will be tricky to achieve. However, just as their opponents, PSG boast a similar power in their squad, matched by only a handful in Europe. Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi will remain unavailable, while Marco Verratti and Kurzawa could possibly make the bench.
PSG’s successful forward passes and successful forward passes per 90 puts them on the fourth spot in the Champions League. They will be looking to utilize their passes more effectively by bringing in their forward players into the game more.
Even without Messi, PSG have no shortage of players who are capable of getting past the opponent. The likes of Neymar and Mbappe are efficient dribblers in their own right. Their successful dribbles and successful dribbles per 90 lands them at third place in the Champions League.
Manchester City are currently on top of Group A points table while their opponents are placed at second. Both the teams came close to winning the Champions League in their previous season. City are off to a flying start in this season’s Champions League, dispatching Leipzig 6-3 at home in their opening day fixture. Pep Guardiola will definitely be aware of the threat that PSG can pose, given the fact that his side is set to play Chelsea and Liverpool on either side of their Champions League away trip. And to add to all of that, they have multiple injuries to contend with. Laporte, Rodri, Stones, Gundogan and Zinchenko are all doubtful for the clash against PSG, however, City have plenty of talented youngsters who can take on the responsibility.
In their previous group stage fixture against Leipzig, City dominated most of the attacking metrics. Their xG of 2.30 surpasses that of their opponents, 0.55. Mahrez had the highest xG in the match with an xG of 0.89. Jack Grealish led the shots chart with four shots.
The xT timeline shows a similar dominance. City were more threatening than their opponents in both halves. In a similar suit, their xG timeline overshadows that of Leipzig’s over the entirety of the game.
PSG (4-1-2-1-2)-Navas; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Mendes; Herrera, Paredes, Di María; Neymar; Mbappe, Icardi
Manchester City (4-3-3) – Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Foden; Mahrez, Torres, Grealish
Both the teams boast high profile players in their squad. Pep Guardiola will need to step lightly as his side enter their first crucial period of the new season. An away win at PSG will certainly raise his side’s confidence. Similarly, PSG will be looking to open their account in the Champions League with a home win. This high-profile fixture will certainly draw many eyes from around the world. Manchester City’s current form hands them an advantage over their opponents.