Wednesday 6 March: 8pm KO
Live on BT Sport
Manchester United have it all to do if they want to reach the last eight of the Champions League. They lost the home leg of this last 16 tie against PSG 2-0 and now travel to Paris with Paul Pogba suspended for this second leg.
PSG are 17 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 and it’s rather insignificant that they have a game in hand. With the league title seemingly in the bag, they can concentrate on trying to win the one prize their wealthy owners dream of, the Champions League.
Despite all the money that the French champions have spent over the years, they haven’t even reached a final. They are 11/2 (6.5) at Coral to finally win the Champions League this season.
They may be without the injured Neymar at present, but that didn’t stop them getting a 2-0 win at Old Trafford in the first leg. That was a key victory for PSG as it’s their away form that has often cost them dearly in this competition.
That problem had already seen them lose to Liverpool and draw at Napoli this season, but their last two away games both produced wins. They come into this game in a very strong position with one foot in the quarter-finals.
Home form for PSG has seen them lose just two of their last 31 games in the Champions League. Those losses were to Barcelona and Real Madrid, so United have a massive task on their hands.
Their last 21 home games in all competitions have produced just one defeat. That was when playing a weakened team against Guingamp in the French League Cup. They certainly got revenge in their next home game against Guingamp beating them 9-0. It’s 1/2 (1.5) at Betfred that PSG win this second leg.
Since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, the home loss to PSG is the only game Manchester United have lost. They are 125/1 (126.0) with Betway to win the Champions League this season. Those are of course odds that will dramatically tumble if United can somehow get past PSG.
United are 18/1 (19.0) at Bet365 to qualify for the quarter finals, that sums up the massive task that lies ahead of them. They have only won two of their last five away games in the Champions League, though one of those was away at Juventus this season. It’s 5/1 (6.0) at William Hill that they can win this game. To do that though, they have to overcome their growing injury and suspension crisis.
The two teams have met on only two occasions. Both have been won 2-0 by PSG, the odds on that score in Wednesday’s game are 7/1 (8.0) at SkyBet.
PSG v Manchester United Team News
Manchester United wIl be missing Paul Pogba for this game as he’s suspended. Alexis Sanchez picked up a knee injury in the weekend win over Southampton. He joins an injury list that includes Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera.
Over 2.5 Goals Likely
The last three Manchester United away games in the Champions League have all seen over 2.5 goals scored in them. The last ten PSG home games in this competition have all gone the same way. The odds on over 2.5 goals being scored on Wednesday are 8/13 (1.61) at BetVictor.
United Clean Sheet?
Manchester United are already two goals down and the last thing they need to do is concede another. If they do, then they will need to score three goals in 90 minutes. PSG have scored in their last 14 home games in the Champions League and the last 20 in all competitions. You can get odds of 11/2 (6.5) on a Manchester United clean sheet in this game.
Both Teams To Score
Manchester United have to score at least twice in this game. The longer that’s not the case, the more they will have to press for goals. That will lead to an open game and the chances are both teams will score in this match. The first leg ended a run of 10 Champions League games for PSG in which both teams had scored. There are odds of 3/4 (1.75) on both PSG and United scoring in this match.
PSG have had a few European disasters in recent years but it’s take one of massive proportions for them to fail to make the quarter finals. They are in good form with win after win and the goals are flowing with 14 in the five played since the first leg. A bet on PSG to win with both teams scoring is 2/1 (3.0) at BoyleSports.