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PSG vs Man Utd predictions, preview & matched betting tips from OddsMonkey

By Squawka News

Published: 9:00, 5 March 2019 | Updated: 13:47, 13 March 2019

Manchester United will travel to Paris to take on PSG in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday night.

The Red Devils go into the match in good form but chasing a two-goal deficit, having succumbed to defeat at Old Trafford.

It remains their only defeat under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and puts their qualification for the quarter-final in serious jeopardy.

Read on for PSG vs. Manchester United team news, predictions, stats, TV channel info and some Matched Betting tips from OddsMonkey.

When is PSG vs. Man United?

Competition: Champions League

Venue: Parc des Princes

Date: Wednesday, 6 March

Kick-off: 8:00 PM GMT

Where can I watch live?

UK residents can watch PSG vs. United live on BT Sport 2, channel 414 for Sky TV customers and channel 528 for Virgin Media users. BT Sport subscribers can also watch the game online at sport.bt.com and via their BT Sport app.

Match preview

For United, this fixture is almost a free-hit. Having succumbed to PSG’s brilliance in the first leg – and with a colossal injury list limiting their squad selection – no one is expecting anything from them in the second leg but for them to go all-out.

They were outclassed at Old Trafford as PSG played with an intelligence and experience they failed to match, but without the pressure of an unbeaten run we could see United’s younger players step up and really make names for themselves as they bow out in defiant fashion.

As far as PSG are concerned, they will be delighted at the prospect of qualifying for the quarter-finals for the first-time since 2015/16, but they will be wary that any complacency could see them get burned by a comeback that, given the fact that they’re at home against a much weaker side, could stand to be as embarrassing as the 6-1 against Barcelona.

Who will lead United without Paul Pogba?

Paul Pogba is the best player at Manchester United. The French midfielder is a colossus with an incredible skill-set that covers just about everything you could want from a midfielder.

He poses such a danger for opponents that in the first-leg Thomas Tuchel had Marquinhos body him, just following him around to stop him gaining an advantage. It worked, frustrating Pogba to the point that he got sent off.

So without their talisman in midfield, who leads United? Well, the club accidentally found their understudy during the weekend’s comeback against Southampton. As they were trailing, Paul Pogba retreated to a deeper role and Andreas Pereira pushed forward as the No. 10.

The Belgian was extremely effective in this position, scoring an incredible equaliser before setting up a go-ahead goal with a delightful through-ball. With Pogba out, he should retain this role in Paris and will provide an entirely different kind of defensive challenge for PSG.

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Do PSG have a weakness?

PSG have a mighty impressive squad, and even with Neymar and Edinson Cavani out injured they managed to put a very nice-looking team out onto the field at Old Trafford – and that should continue in Paris.

In fact, with the return of Thomas Meunier and the continued adaptation of Leandro Paredes it could honestly be said that PSG now have no weaknesses.

Sure, they’re not as strong as they could be if Neymar and Cavani were fit, but with a solid back three, impressive full-backs and a midfield trio which, alright – will include Dani Alves – but the Brazilian basically plays like a midfielder anyway… there’s just no flaw there. Not in terms of personnel anyway.

Sure, United will try to capitalise on some complacency, and that is really PSG’s only possible weakness.

If they approach the match like a foregone conclusion they could get caught out. If they play with any sense of rigour they will surely be too strong for United.

Head-to-head

The first-leg meeting at Old Trafford was the first competitive match between the two sides (as an aside they previously met in a 2015 friendly that PSG also won 2-0). United will want to level things up in Paris.

PSG wins: Draws: Man Utd wins: 0

Team news

PSG will still be without Neymar whose metatarsal is expected to keep him out for a good while yet and whose partying lifestyle is coming under scrutiny.

There are rumours that star striker  Cavani may be fit enough to participate but what is certain is that Meunier, who missed the first leg through concussion, is back for the Parisians.

Manchester United have been absolutely battered by injury. Anthony Martial, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sánchez, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Juan Mata will all miss the game through injury. To make matters worse, Pogba is of course suspended following his red card in the first leg.

Dortmund predicted XI: Buffon; Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe; Meunier, Alves, Paredes, Verratti, Bernat; Di Maria, Mbappé. 

Spurs predicted XI: De Gea; Dalot, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Pereira; Young, Lukaku, Rashford.

Squawka prediction

This game will be approached very differently by both sides. PSG need a professional display to confirm their superiority and allow them to qualify. Meanwhile, Manchester United are out to restore some lost pride after their meek surrender at Old Trafford.

Expect United to come flying out of the traps and even open the scoring to shock a meek PSG. But the goal will only serve to stir the beast, and Kylian Mbappé will wreak havoc on United yet again (aided by Old Trafford’s scorned veteran Angel Di Maria) and the Parisians will take a 2-1 lead.

A late equaliser will give the Red Devils some hope and respectability, but it will be mostly in vain.

PSG 2-2 Manchester United

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