Manchester United vs Paris Saint-Germain / Champions League – The Champions League continues after the winter break with round of 16 matches and right away we have an attractive duel between English Manchester United and reigning champion of France Paris Saint-Germain. Manchester United is in good shape lately being undefeated for a long time, while PSG is going through drop in performances right now as it doesn’t play as good as it did at the beginning of season. It is interesting that Manchester United and PSG have never met before in European competitions.
Manchester United vs Paris Saint-Germain begins 12.02.2019 at 21:00 CET
Manchester United had a fair deal of problems in the group phase of the Champions League but it managed to win Juventus in Turin, which was decisive moment to reach the round of 16 despite losing to the same rival at home. In the end they lost to Valencia too but the match didn’t mean much and they reached the round of 16 winning the second place in the group. When they found out name of its next opponent Manchester United was in bad shape and many forecast their elimination.
Now, the situation is totally different and under manager Solskjaer the team is untouchable. They have 11-game unbeaten streak but that is not all. They won even nine of them and this match comes for Manchester United at the right time. After the only draw in the series the United won two away matches with a clean sheet. They firstly won Leicester 1-0, and last week Fulham 3-0. Manager Solskjaer had made number of changes in the team in those two matches but now the strongest available line-up goes on the pitch.
Probable lineups Manchester United: de Gea – A. Young, Lindelof, P. Jones, L. Shaw – Matic, Pogba, Herrera – Lingard, Rashford, Martial
PSG has started the season with objective to finally the title of European champions. The Parisians have very good team for years that is strong enough to win the title but they always got stuck quite far from the final. PSG was in tough group together with two strong teams but it managed to win the first place and leave behind Liverpool and Napoli, although it lost one match and drew two. In the French championship they expectedly occupy the first place having 10 points more than the second positioned team. On top of it PSG had played two matches fewer than its nearest competitors and it is already clear that will defend the title.
Still, it will not will all French trophies since they were eliminated from the League Cup after sensational home defeat by Guingamp. PSG struggled in the Cup with lower-division Villefranche that they eliminated only after extra time. Two rounds ago they suffered the first defeat in the league this season. They lost to Lyon away despite taking the first lead. In the previous round they minimally defeated Bordeax 1-0 at home. Manager Tuchel had made many changes in the starting line-up, while right now his problem is Meunier’s injury, while Neymar is out of action from before.
Probable lineups Paris Saint-Germain: Buffon – D. Alves, T. Silva, Marquinhos, Kurzawa – Paredes, Veratti, Draxler – di Maria, Cavani, Mbappe
Manchester United vs Paris Saint-Germain PICK
If the match took place several months ago PSG would have been a great favourite but now the situation has changed and Manchester United plays well, beams with self-confidence and seems invincible. The United plays at home, PSG is weakened with injuries of two important players and when we put all this together we give advantage to Manchester United.
Pick: Asian handicap 0 Manchester United
Odds: 1.67 at bethard (down to 1.58 can be played)
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