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Man City Underdog For Leg 1 Of Champions League vs. PSG


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It has been a hugely disappointing season for Manchester City in the Premier League, with the Citizens sitting in fourth place, just one point ahead of West Ham United. Catching leader Leicester City is a pipedream. But it could still be a successful season outside England for Man City as it is the only EPL team still standing in the Champions League quarterfinals and visits Paris Saint-Germain on April 6. PSG is 1.6154 on BetAdvisor betting tips to win the match with City at 6.0000 and a draw at 3.6000.

PSG Likely Pleased With Draw

PSG advanced by knocking out EPL side Chelsea thanks to 2-1 wins both away and home. PSG also drew home (1-1) and away (2-2) against Chelsea in Champions League play last season and thus is unbeaten in their last four matches against Premier League foes. The French champions had to love the quarterfinals draw considering they avoided stronger sides such as Barcelona, Bayern Munich and group-stage opponents Real Madrid. It’s the fourth straight quarterfinal round reach for Paris Saint-Germain. The side hasn’t reached the Champions League semifinal round since 1994-95. PSG have won three of its four home matches in this year’s competition.

First In Champions Play For City

Man City have reached the quarterfinals for the first time. Their last two Champions League campaigns ended in round of 16 defeat by Barcelona, in 2013-14 and 2014-15. Man City advanced with a 3-1 aggregate win against Dynamo Kyiv in the Round of 16 — 3-1 away, 0-0 home. City have won three of their four away games in this season’s competition, with the loss 1-0 at Juventus.

City at least avoided a showdown with their soon-to-be manager Pep Guardiola and his Bayern Munich side as the Germans face Benfica. Outgoing Man City coach Manuel Pellegrini has been to the Champions League quarterfinals with two other clubs – Villarreal CF (2005-06, 2008-09) and Málaga CF (2012-13). Villarreal advanced to the semis but then lost to Arsenal.

Only One Prior Meeting

Man City and PSG  have played just once: a scoreless draw at the City of Manchester Stadium in the 2008-09 UEFA Cup group stage. Both clubs are vastly different from then. City was still the infancy of Sheikh Mansour’s ownership and PSG almost three years away from their Qatari ownership takeover.

With PSG having already won the Ligue 1 title for a fourth straight season, Coach Laurent Blanc can rest his players if need be before each leg.  Pellegrini can’t do so as City fight for a top-four finish in the Premier League. City are aiming for third place to avoid Champions League pre-qualification in the summer months.

Pellegrini Happy With Schedule

The return leg at Etihad Stadium will take place on April 12. “It’s better to be away first — I prefer always to finish at home so you know always what you must do in your home stadium,” Pellegrini said.

Man City is 1.6500 on betting tips to score a goal in the first leg and 2.1500 to be shutout. That both teams score is 1.9091 and they don’t is priced at 1.8000. The favored exact score is PSG 1-0 at 6.0000. City are 17.0000 to win the Champions League title.

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