Perhaps the biggest of all Champions League clashes kicks off on Wednesday evening in Manchester. Will either of these titans of the European game have enough to kill off the other?
Looking for revenge for their September defeat at the Parc des Princes, Manchester City welcome Paris Saint-Germain to the Etihad Stadium for Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League Group A battle.
Pep Guardiola’s hosts currently sit at the top, with nine points accumulated so far, but PSG are only one point adrift and will also be eyeing up qualification to the last 16 this week.
Manchester City are still without Kevin De Bruyne for this showdown, following his positive coronavirus test, and it is still unclear if Jack Grealish will be passed fit, after missing Saturday’s win over Everton with a minor knock.
Ferran Torres continues his comeback after his foot fracture, and Cole Palmer played as the frontman in his absence against the Toffees, but Gabriel Jesus is likely to come back into the starting lineup in midweek.
Riyad Mahrez and Ruben Dias also look nailed on for starts against Les Parisiens, as Ilkay Gündoğan continues to feature, during De Bruyne’s absence in the centre.
Meanwhile, PSG’s injury list has shortened in recent weeks, and there is a chance that Sergio Ramos may finally be ready to be handed his debut by manager, Mauricio Pochettino.
Presnel Kimpembe and Marquinhos are the more likely options to be recalled, but goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is a major concern due to gastroenteritis.
Rafinha and Julian Draxler are also likely to miss out, although neither would have been in with a chance of starting, as Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé, and Neymar form their fearsome attacking trio once again.
We predict a 2-2 draw in this encounter, which neither manager will be happy with as Group A hots up, but may have to settle for.