Man City go into Tuesday night’s second leg clash with PSG knowing that a 0-0 or 1-1 draw will be enough to see them through to their very first Champions League semi-final. With a place in European football’s elite competition hanging in the balance for both sides, we preview all the action and try to find some betting value in the process.
City surprised us all (blog.comeon.com included) after they picked up a meaningful 2-2 draw in the Parc Des Princes last Wednesday. Whilst Fernando’s embarrassing defensive gaff unarguably cost them the victory, you can only admire the way the Citizens fought hard to stay in the game with some Joe Hart penalty heroics in the first half arguably the game’s biggest turning point.
There’s not many players who have gotten the better of the enigmatic Zlatan Ibrahimovic but after saving his spot kick last Wednesday as well as penalties from Lionel Messi amongst others in the past, the England shot stopper has proven himself time and time again as one of City’s most consistent big game players.
The Citizens will certainly need him as well as their Vincent Kompany-less back four to be on song this week as Laurent Blanc’s men look to make amends for missed opportunities in the first leg.
Man City: There’s good news for the Citizens with both Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure likely to feature in Tuesday’s match-up after recovering from their respective injuries.
PSG: Brazilian David Luiz will be the French side’s biggest absence after serving a yellow card suspension he picked up during the first leg of the PSG v Man City tie.
Where does the betting value lie?
Whilst frowned upon in some cultures, we’re of the opinion that it is sometimes okay to change your mind.
In the lead up to Wednesday’s first leg clash between PSG and City, we never gave Manuel Pellegrini’s side a chance. With the absence of defensive stalwart Vincent Kompany at the back we feared the worst for City and predicted their trip to Paris last week would be a less than fruitful one. But such is the momentum and precious two away goals that City possess, we’re going to go out on a limb and back them to WIN at the Etihad on Tuesday night at a price of 7/4 (at the time of writing).
With some of City’s big names also back in the fold; Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri both played a part in their 2-1 win over West Brom on Saturday evening, we feel at almost 2/1 there’s plenty of value to be had in backing the home side this Tuesday.