One of the most anticipated matches of the 1/8 finals in the Champions League will take place on February 12th at Old Trafford where we will see Manchester United hosting Paris SG in their 2nd H2H match in the history.
Manchester United are coming into this match fresh, and I mean that in the best way possible. Ever since the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over, Manchester United have been performing exceptionally good. In fact, they have not lost a match since 16th December, which translates into 11 games (10-1-0). While they have been defeating everyone that stood in their way for the past month in the Premier League, United will now have to face off against one of the toughest opponents they faced this season, Paris SG. With the excellent performances from United since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as a temporary coach, there are rumours he will be offered a permanent position as the head coach of Manchester United and to be fair, it does seem like a good decision. However, with his toughest test just a day away, we will have to wait and see how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his men can perform against Ligue 1 champions.
PSG, the dominant force in the Ligue 1 are travelling to England where they will face off against the improved Manchester United in the 1/8 finals of the Champions League. While PSG is dominating their domestic league, the most memorable match they played was against Lyon which PSG surprisingly lost. While this might not seem like big news, it was PSG first defeat this season in the league. After that defeat, PSG went on and won the next 2 matches in their own fashion, which was nice morale. But PSG has got some issues at their hands. Neymar and Cavani will both miss the match against United, while Veratti is not 100% fit after his injury. With both Neymar and Cavani out of the match, this should be a huge blow to the PSG offensive strength. Nonetheless, their attacking power is still there, as they still got Mbappe. As an interesting fact I can add that PSG scored the most goals in the group stage; totalling 17 goals in 6 matches, while they conceded 9.
It should be a highly interesting match, which will overshadow the AS Roma v Porto match that will be played at the same time in Italy. PSG will enter the match without 2 of their key players, while Veratti will not be 100% fit. On the other side, we have got a much improved Red Devils who will get their first real test since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over. This is an important match to win for both sides, and while it’s hard to call out a winner I am sure we will be watching a match with plenty of scoring. Yes PSG does lack attacking power with Neymar and Cavanni missing, but they are still a strong team on both sides of the field. Still, I am a bit concerned about PSG midfield, but we will have to wait and see how they approach the match without 2-star players. Expect a thrilling showdown between 2 exceptional teams with at least 1 goal on each side.
Prediction: Over 2.50 goals
Odds: 1.79 Pinnacle