Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain battle it out to keep their Uefa Champions League dream alive in the semi-final second leg on Tuesday night.
With the oil-rich owners of both clubs desperate to impart their domestic dominance on the continent, it’s an opportunity for one of them to reach the final step on their quest this season.
The French champions have the added incentive of wanting to banish the memories of last year’s final, when they were edged out in agonizing fashion by Bayern Munich in Lisbon.
But it’s Pep Guardiola’s English Premier League leaders who have the upper hand after coming from behind to win the first leg 2-1 at the Parc des Princes.
All was rosy for PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino when Marquinhos headed home for a 15th-minute lead.
Second half goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez, however, put City in the box seat to reach that treasured final.
Idrissa Gueye went on to earn himself a red card for a shocking challenge on Ilkay Gundogan.
A major headache for Pochettino is the potential absence of French World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe, who is locked in a race against time to overcome his calf injury.
Mauro Icardi and Julien Draxler are both more than serviceable replacements waiting in the wings if the wonderkid doesn’t make it.
Gueye is banned for the second leg following his sending off, with Juan Bernat also ruled out by injury.
Guardiola, whose side are on the brink of sealing the EPL title, has the luxury of a fully fit squad to select from.
Better still, he even managed to rotate most of his starting XI in the league at the weekend, with all eyes on finishing the job in Europe.
The more romantic onlookers would love to see club legend Sergio Aguero picked for a dream swansong, while Ferran Torres is also a possibility to start up top.
Oleksandr Zinchenko may come in for Joao Cancelo at the back.
Manchester City vs Paris Saint Germain Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Manchester City vs Paris Saint Germain: UCL starting XI prediction
Probable Manchester City Starting XI: Ederson, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Bernardo Silva, Rodrigo, Ilkay Gundogan, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin de Bruyne, Phil Foden.
Probable Paris Saint Germain Starting XI: Keylor Navas, Alessandro Florenzi, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Mitchel Bakker, Ander Herrera, Leandro Paredes, Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti, Neymar, Mauro Icardi.
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