Paris Saint-Germain is set to host Manchester United in the 2nd leg of Champions League round-of-16 match at Parc des Princes, Paris. After losing their home leg by 2-0, the Red Devils face a grueling battle heading into the decisive leg. With such a good record at home, the hosts will remain favorites and should see this game through. Both the teams will try to put their best foot forward in this second leg to keep their quarter-finals hope alive. The stage is set for another intriguing encounter in the Champions Lague as two footballing heavyweights will collide in the quest of European glory.
In recent years, Paris Saint- Germain has become a force to reckon with, but under Thomas Tuchel they have discovered a new life. The French champions are currently leading the Ligue 1 table by 17 points, and the title race is potentially over with just 12 fixtures remaining in this season. However, the real struggle begins now when they are focusing on their European campaign. Having won the first leg comprehensively, the hosts would be hoping for the same kind of dominant performance in front of their home crowd. PSG look a potential threat whenever they attack even without their ace duo of Neymar and Cavani.
On the contrary, Manchester United have been flying high since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their caretaker manager. The former Manchester United striker has seemed to bring the life back at Old Trafford with his free-flowing attacking style of football. The Red Devils have been on an unbeaten run in the Premier League, and Ole’s solitary defeat came against the same opponent in the first leg. The visitors would be eyeing to land a counter punch in this must-win contest against the mighty Paris Saint-Germain. It will be interesting to see if Manchester United go for the kill straight away or wait for their opponent to falter during the game.
Date: Thursday, 7th March 2019
Time: 01:30 AM IST
Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris
League: Champions League
Live Telecast: Sony Network
Online Streaming: Sonyliv (Website, App)
Recent form (Last six matches)
Paris Saint-Germain – W W W W W W
Manchester United – W L W D W W
Paris Saint Germain
- Neymar and Cavani will miss this tie due to their respective injuries
- Thomas Meunier is another absentee in this crucial game.
- Nkunku can feature in the playing XI to replace Dani Alves
- Paul Pogba has been suspended for this leg.
- Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, and Juan Mata have been ruled out for weeks following their respective injuries.
- Diogo Dalot may be seen on the right flank to give the visitors an attacking option.
- Angel Di Maria
- Thiago Silva
- David de Gea
Probable Playing XI
Paris Saint-Germain– Buffon (G), Kehrer, Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat; Verratti, Marquinhos; Nkunku, Draxler, Di Maria; Mbappe
Manchester United– De Gea (GK), Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Dalot, Pereira, Rashford; Lukaku
FUNTUSH SAFE XI
D De Gea
A Di Maria (VC)
K Mbappe (C)