The second Champions League semifinal takes place on Wednesday afternoon, and BetRivers.com is proud to provide a wide variety of PSG-Manchester City Odds, props, and teasers for April 28. PSG, the dominant force in France’s Ligue 1, defeated German powerhouse Bayern Munich on aggregate in the quarterfinals to secure a spot in the semifinals. Manchester City, winners of the EFL Cup this past weekend, defeated German side Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals to advance to the two-leg semifinals. Rob Dauster is here to preview the PSG-Manchester City Odds for the first leg of their Champions League Semifinal match at 3:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 28.
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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIFINAL: PSG-MANCHESTER CITY ODDS
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN vs. MANCHESTER CITY, 3 p.m. ET
CITY: +106 ML
PSG: +240 ML
DRAW: +285 ML
OVER 2.5: -148
UNDER 2.5: +120
The two richest clubs on planet earth face-off on Wednesday in one of the most enticing tactical battles we’ve seen in the Champions League this season, and I’m excited to talk about the PSG-Manchester City odds a bit.
At this point, anyone that is a footy fan should be well aware of what Pep Guardiola and his City side are trying to do. They want to dominate possession, they want to press in their opponent’s half and they want to force you to defend until you have to clear the ball out to their centerbacks, who will recycle the process over again. As of this very moment, they are probably the best team in the world, and after seeing them hold a Tottenham team that features Gareth Bale, Heung Min-Son and Harry Kane to a pathetic 0.04 xG on Sunday in the Carabao Cup Final — a match where City rotated — it should be easy to understand just how good they can be on their best day.
But the thing about PSG is that they happen to have arguably the two best attacking players in the world on their roster in Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. And what PSG want to do is to sit back, defend and then spring an attack on the counter. That worked to perfection in their 3-3 aggregate win over Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals. They say back in a 4-4-1-1, soaking up Bayern’s pressure before hitting them with just enough threat on the counter to be able to put three goals past Manuel Neuer in the Allianz Arena.
I fully expect Wednesday’s match to play out much the same way.
City is going to absolutely dominate possession. They are going to spend 90 minutes trying to get Raheem Sterling or Riyad Mahrez or Bernado Silva to the touchline to try and play a cutback to the penalty spot. They are going to spend 90 minutes with Kevin De Bruyne on the ball, making the Parisian fans go full lemon-booty whenever he is able to play one of those low, hard crosses in right in front of the keeper. And PSG is going to have their chances on the break because there is enough attacking firepower there that it’s hard to imagine PSG watching off the pitch without a handful of great chances. Spurs couldn’t play through City’s press. PSG can.
I do expect the first leg of this semifinal to be a bit cagey. Mauricio Pochettino has made a habit of trying to suffocate scorelines at home before going all out in the second leg of knockout competitions. We saw him do it against City in 2019 in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. He did the same thing against Ajax in the semifinals. This is what he does.
So I’ll be on under 2.5 goals at +112 in this spot, and I while I don’t think I’m going to end up on a side here, I do think there is value on City at +114.